Women's Services

SAMC is committed to improving the healthcare of women. We recognize that women's healthcare has traditionally been defined largely in terms of those health needs that are different from men: reproductive health, maternity care, breast and gynecological care. Many of our women's health services, including education classes, women's imaging, lactation services, and the Family Birth Center, are conveniently grouped in the attractive, modern SAMC Women's Center, a four-story building located on the SAMC Main Campus. While these are important health issues, we understand that women's health has a broader range than these concerns, which is why our goal is to provide women not only superior care but also the tools to help them make the best healthcare choices.

Our services include:

  • Family Birth Center
  • Comprehensive Breast Center
  • Osteoporosis Care Center
  • Women's Support Services & Programs

To talk to someone about Women's Health Services at SAMC, call (334) 793-8190 or 1-877-877-8724.

At SAMC, we believe that birth is a celebration of life and that a supportive environment for every childbirth experience5775FamilyBirthCenter310x153 is essential. That's why SAMC's Family Birth Center provides family-centered healthcare to pregnant women and their infants during both normal and high-risk pregnancies and births. Our inviting labor/delivery suites provide a calming, home-like atmosphere and feature spacious bathrooms with tub/shower units. There are even comfortable places for dads to catch quick naps.

In a traditional maternity unit, a woman is moved following delivery. In some cases, she is in one room for labor, another for delivery, and still another for recovery. After the birth she is moved yet again to a postpartum room. Her baby, meanwhile, is taken to a nursery and then brought to the mother at various times throughout the day. Often the mother shares her postpartum room with another woman.

Our luxurious private birthing suites feature amenities such as a Jacuzzi with shower, refrigerator, TV with DVD and an open-air terrace. A well-baby nursery and a special-care nursery are strategically located in the new center. The Women's Center Boutique will not only be a place to buy "the perfect gift," but serve as a resource for newborns, moms, offer breast-feeding supplies, incontinence apparel, breast cancer prosthesis, certified fitters and more.

Family Birth Center nurses are professionally trained to provide couplet care where one nurse provides individualized attention for mom and baby. Couplet care has proven to be more effective in providing better care for new moms and their babies. It also provides that special bonding time for mom, dad and their new baby. Nurses are certified in creative strategies to provide aromatherapy and massage, and other techniques to assist mom in the labor process.

Our philosophy at The Family Birth Center is:

  • Birth is a celebration of life
  • Childbirth is a process of wellness, not illness
  • A loving, supportive, and safe environment for every childbirth experience is essential
  • Knowledge and support are the keys to a successful transition to parenthood
  • Family involvement is an important part of the childbirth experience
  • Caring is demonstrated to our patients by our commitment to family-centered care

The Childbirth Education Department is committed to provide instruction that will meet the following goals:

  • Empowerment: Through education, provide empowerment for making informed choices/decisions
  • Facilitate Communications: Facilitate positive communication with Health Care Providers and support systems
  • Facilitate Support Systems: Facilitate support systems in the family, in the community, and in the hospital
  • Healthy Lifestyles: Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Increase Self-Confidence: Empower with knowledge to increase self-confidence
  • Knowledge: Increased knowledge of the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of pregnancy, labor and birth, and early postpartum and the newborn
  • Pain Management Strategies: Comprehension and utilization of pain management strategies during labor and birth
  • Variations: Prepare for possible variations in pregnancy and birth

SAMC's Childbirth Education Services offer a wide selection of classes to help families prepare for childbirth and caring for2959ChildbirthEducation310x153 babies. Registered nurses who specialize in maternal/ infant care teach all classes, including instruction on healthy lifestyles during pregnancy; education on pregnancy, labor & birth, postpartum issues and newborn care; pain management strategies during labor and birth; and preparation for possible variations in pregnancy and birth.

Register early; class size is limited. You should plan to complete all other childbirth classes by the end of your eighth month of pregnancy or a month before your due date—a month earlier than that if you are experiencing problems or are "high-risk" with the pregnancy.

Payment is required with your registration. Checks should be made out to Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Registration fees should be mailed to the following address:

Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Women's Center, Childbirth Education
1108 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36301

All participants should receive a reminder letter or telephone call.
No refunds will be given after class begins. Refunds must be specifically requested at the time of cancellation.
To register for classes you may call the Women's Center at (334) 793-8956 or (877) 877-8724.

Class Listings

Lamaze-based classes "A Journey Through Childbirth"

This class starts approximately once every four weeks. Come and prepare for the birth of your baby! This class helps families prepare for labor, birth and early parenting. A tour of the Family Birth Center and a class reunion celebration after everyone has had their babies are included. Try to complete the class about a month before your due date - a month earlier than that if you are experiencing problems or are "high-risk" with the pregnancy.

Class size limited to 12 couples.

Topics covered include:

  • The process of labor and birth
  • Comfort measures (including relaxation and breathing techniques)
  • Birth options, medication, and anesthesia
  • Newborn characteristics
  • Postpartum care and family adjustment

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Length: Six weeks; one class per week (reunion class scheduled at a later date)
Fee: 35 dollars (for couple - mom and support person)

Please visit our Event Calendar for class offerings.

Breastfeeding Class

This class is offered approximately once a month. This class will help you and your partner understand the breastfeeding process and increase your confidence in breastfeeding. We strongly encourage you to bring your spouse, your birthing partner, your mother or other supportive friend. This class offers more detailed information about breastfeeding than our childbirth classes.

Class size is limited to 12 couples.

Topics include:

  • Benefits of nursing for you and for baby
  • Separating facts from myth
  • Getting started
  • Managing difficulties
  • Supporting the breastfeeding woman
  • Introduction to returning to work
  • Resources at the Medical Center and the community

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Length: One evening
Fee: 10 dollars (for couple - mom and support person)
The Lamaze-based class is discounted to .00 if registration and payment is also received for both the Breastfeeding and Baby Safety Classes at the same time.

Please visit our Event Calendar for class offerings.

Baby Safety Class

This class is only offered every other month. This class will help you and your partner begin the transition from pregnancy to parenting and help you to prepare to bring a newborn home. This class offers more detailed information about baby safety than our childbirth classes.

Class size limited to 12 couples.

Topics include:

  • Car seat safety
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Safety as it related to daily care, as with bathing, feeding
  • Baby-proofing your home
  • Choking prevention

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Length: One evening
Fee: 10 dollars (for couple - mom and support person)
The Lamaze-based class is discounted to .00 if registration and payment is also received for both the Breastfeeding and Baby Safety Classes at the same time.

Please visit our Event Calendar for class offerings.

Sibling Classes

This class is offered every month for the various age groups. These classes are offered during the last six to eight weeks of your pregnancy for big brothers and sisters between the ages of 3 and 12 years (see age divisions below). The educator presents an age-appropriate description of pregnancy and birth, explores feelings about becoming a big brother or sister, and shows a room in the Family Birth Center. Parents attend this class with their children. Suggestions and resources for answering questions about new babies and dealing with sibling rivalry will be discussed.

Class size limited to 8 children.

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Length: One class
Fee: 5 dollars per child

Please visit our Event Calendar for class offerings.

Safe Sitter®

The Childbirth Education Program at Southeast Alabama Medical Center is proud to announce a new program. Safe Sitter® is a national babysitting training program designed to teach young adolescents (ages 11 to 13 years) to be safe babysitters. Founded by a pediatrician, Patricia A. Keener, M. D., Safe Sitter® provides high-quality instruction. The program was recognized for excellence by the American Academy of Pediatrics which awarded Dr. Kenner the Ross Education Award for the development of Safe Sitter®. We are now teaching Safe Sitter® classes at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. To register students call Childbirth Education at (334) 793-8956 or toll free at (877) 877-8724.

Class size is limited to 18 students.

Topics covered include:

  • Babysitting as a business
  • Child care essentials
  • Choking rescue
  • Preventing problem behavior
  • Injury management
  • Safety for the sitter

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Length: One day
Fee: 35 dollars
Optional: Adult-sized t-shirts are available for .00, but must be pre-ordered.

Please visit our Event Calendar for class offerings.

The Southeast Maternity Care Program's goal is to help you deliver a healthy baby while also taking good care of 6002MaternityCareProgram310x153yourself, and it's important that you begin prenatal care as soon as you discover you are pregnant. If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, make an appointment with the Southeast Maternity Care Program immediately. Call 334-712-3784 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or 1-800-735-4998 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

The Southeast Maternity Care Program enjoys partnerships with a variety of delivering health care professionals – physicians or nurse midwives licensed in Alabama who are qualified to offer the best possible care for you before, during, and after the birth of your baby.

If you do not have insurance or other means of payment, we can help you apply for assistance from Medicaid. If you qualify, Medicaid will help pay for the cost of your prenatal care and the delivery of your baby. After your baby is born, you and your baby are also eligible for routine postpartum care for 60 days (eight weeks), including parenting classes, newborn care and infant health classes.

If you are on Medicaid and live in Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry or Houston County, you are eligible for care through the Southeast Alabama Maternity Care Program. Residents of other counties must apply for care from the Medicaid maternity care program for your county.

To apply, contact a member of our staff or you may also call Medicaid toll-free at 1-800-362-1504.

Along with a lactation consultant SAMC employs 29 certified lactation counselors available on various shifts in the0168LactationServices Family Birth Center and on Pediatrics to assist mothers and babies with their breastfeeding needs. The Lactation Center services include outpatient consults after discharge, weight checks, breastfeeding support group, breast pump rental and prenatal breastfeeding classes.