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Every story has a beginning. Find your happy beginning here.

Having a baby is one of the most significant events in life, and we’re delighted to be a part of this exciting time with you and your family. At Shelby Baptist Medical Center, our goal is to provide high-quality care and services, specially designed for you and your newborn.

Before your baby is born, we encourage you to learn about birthing and parenting experiences. We offer a variety of prenatal education classes, programs, and services that aim to help you feel prepared and informed about becoming a parent. From education to our exclusive amenities, it’s all designed to support you on your journey to motherhood.

Please read the following information about the classes and services we offer. Once you’ve decided which ones are right for you, visit Shelby Baptist Medical Center to register or find out more.


  • Close proximity parking and easy access to Women’s Center
  • Updated technology and wireless electronic fetal monitoring available
  • Rooming-in for NICU discharge available
  • Private suites provide ample sleeping space for a support person
  • Rooming-in allows mother and baby to bond and establish consistent feeding patterns. Our well-baby nursery is available when there is a need.
  • Flat-screen TVs and access to patient education tablets in each room
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Complimentary parking token given at discharge
  • Complimentary breakfast meal during your stay with us.
  • Optional partner meals.
  • Special “Mommy Munchies” menu.
  • Extra snack pack for breastfeeding moms.

Shelby Baptist Medical Center
1000 First St. N.
Alabaster, AL 35007

New – Support Person Meals

After you’ve had your baby, your new family will share many special moments together. But it can be tough to enjoy those moments if every time dinner rolls around, your husband, partner, or support person has to go find something to eat. That’s why we’re now offering the ability for support person to order from our special menu. Each meal costs $5 and can be preordered daily. Spend less time running out for food, and more time with family.

New – The Birth Day Pack

The day you bring a new life into this world is a day worth celebrating. So we’re introducing a new, free gift pack for new moms and families called the Birth Day Pack. It includes delicious cupcakes and a onesie.

Antepartum Testing at Shelby Baptist Women’s Center

To monitor the well-being of your baby, your doctor may refer you to antepartum testing. The tests are simple, comfortable and safe. Antepartum testing typically takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

The purpose of antepartum tests:

Mothers and babies who may need special medical attention during pregnancy may require antepartum testing. Antepartum tests check for the adequacy of blood flow and oxygen delivery to the fetus from the placenta. Some common reasons for testing procedures include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Small baby or baby not growing properly
  • Maternal age over 35 years old
  • Decreased fetal activity
  • Past your due date
  • Twins or multiples
  • Problems with previous pregnancy, such as stillbirth

Your physician will determine which Antepartum Tests you might need, including:

  • Non-Stress Test (NST)

    A non-stress test is a simple, painless procedure enabling us to listen and see your baby’s heartbeat while baby is both resting and moving. We will do this by using a fetal monitor which records the baby’s heartbeat and possible contractions. We will listen to and see the baby’s heartbeat while the baby is both resting and moving. It usually takes 20-40 minutes to do an NST. Prior to the test, it is always better for the mom to have something to eat and drink. Some babies are more likely to move after food or even a soda. You will be more comfortable if you empty your bladder before being placed on the monitor. We will ask you to lie on your left side for the test. There will be two monitor pieces placed on your abdomen and held in place by elastic belts. One piece will monitor the baby’s heartbeat while the other monitors possible contractions. Mom’s blood pressure will be measured as well. Ultimately, we are looking to see the heart rate beat faster when your baby moves. The NST is reactive if the heart beats faster when the baby moves. We look for this to happen at least 2 times in 20 minutes. The NST is nonreactive if the heart does not beat faster when the baby moves or if the baby is quiet and not moving. This does not necessarily mean something is wrong. It simply means the NST has not given us enough information and additional tests may be needed, such as a contraction-stress test.

  • Contraction-Stress Test (CST)

    A contraction-stress test is similar to the NST except that we observe the baby’s heart rate response to uterine contractions. Uterine contractions produce stress in the baby by temporarily decreasing the flow of blood and oxygen between you and your baby. This is a normal physiological response in all pregnancies. Our goal is to observe how the baby responds to this normal stress. To obtain these contractions, the patient stimulates her breasts by rolling or rubbing the nipples. This stimulation causes a release of oxytocin which produces mild contractions. By looking at the baby’s heart rate response, we can determine if baby is receiving adequate blood flow through the placenta. For this test we must obtain three contractions of sufficient duration within a 10 minute window. A contraction-stress test usually takes about an hour. You are not exposed during this test, and modesty is observed.

  • Oxytocin-Challenge Test (OCT)

    If we are unable to obtain three contractions during the contraction-stress test, your physician may order an oxytocin-challenge test (OCT). While on the fetal monitor, we start an IV and oxytocin is given slowly until adequate contractions are obtained. At that time, the oxytocin is discontinued and rest results are evaluated.

  • Test Scheduling & Results

    NSTs and CSTs are usually performed once or twice a week. Your physician’s office will schedule any necessary tests as close to your next doctor’s visit as possible in order to have results for the next scheduled appointment.


Your body is amazing! During the third or fourth month of pregnancy, your body will begin to produce colostrum to prepare to feed your baby. This substance is filled with large amounts of protective antibodies, nature’s own vaccine. After your baby arrives, mature breast milk, packed with nutrients, will begin to fill your breasts. Over time, as your baby changes and grows, this milk will also change in order to give your baby exactly what he or she needs to develop. Experts agree that breast milk, specifically your breast milk, is the very best for your baby.


  • The baby’s head should be straight on the shoulders and slightly tipped back.
  • Once latched, the baby’s chin should indent the breast.
  • Both of the baby’s cheeks should touch the breast equally and be so close that you can’t see the corners of the baby’s mouth.


  • Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery.
  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin as often as possible. This helps mom know when baby is ready to nurse.
  • When doing skin-to-skin, cover your baby with blankets for warmth.
  • Feed at early signs of hunger: hands to mouth, licking lips, or turning head with open mouth. Crying is a late sign of hunger.
  • If no hunger cues are given within three to four hours, attempt to arouse your baby.
  • Place your baby skin-to-skin under blankets and continue to watch for hunger cues.
  • If after 15–20 minutes your baby is still too sleepy to nurse, remove the blankets for one to two minutes while you gently stroke baby’s skin from head to toe.
  • Hold your baby under his or her arms to allow feet to dangle while you slowly tip baby side to side.
  • Put your baby in a breastfeeding position, stroke your baby’s lips and attempt a feeding, even if your baby seems too sleepy.
  • There are no set number of times baby should nurse in the first 24to 48 hours. It’s important to give baby at least eight opportunities to nurse in a 24-hour period.
  • Ask your nurse for assistance if you are unsure if your baby is latching well or if your baby’s latch is causing pain.


Follow your baby’s progress. The numbers in parenthesis indicate the fewest recommended number.

WET DIAPERS(1)(2)(3)(4)(6)(6)(6)
SOILED DIAPERS(1)(1)(1)(2)(4)(4)(4)
FEEDINGS  (8-12)(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)
WET DIAPERS(6)(6)(6)(6)(6)(6)(6)
SOILED DIAPERS(4)(4)(4)(4)(4)(4)(4)

Some mothers find the Baby Nursing-Breastfeeding Tracker smartphone app helpful.


At some point during your hospitalization, your baby may require additional nutrition to supplement your breast milk. In these cases, we have pasteurized breast milk available for our patients. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that exclusive breast milk feeding is best, especially to those born prematurely. To learn more about pasteurized breast milk, please visit the Human Milk Bank Association of North America’s website

+ Donated Breast Milk Is:

  • Safe
  • Donated by approved, volunteer mothers who are screened and tested
  • Pasteurized and tested in a lab
  • Supplied by milk banks that are certified by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America
  • Second only to your own breast milk


  • Wash your hands before breastfeeding.
  • Wash your breasts once a day in the shower.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet providing about 500 more calories than your pre-pregnancy diet. All mothers caring for children need to eat well, although not perfectly, every day. Most babies do well with all foods that mother eats. Limit caffeine to one serving each day. Limit alcohol to a small glass of wine or half a serving of most beverages. If you feel the effects of alcohol, wait three to four hours before breastfeeding again. If you pump during that time, discard the milk.
  • Lanolin is helpful if you have sore nipples. Smooth on a small amount after feedings. It doesn’t have to be washed off before the next feed.
  • Within 72–96 hours after delivery, your breasts may become heavier, fuller, and firmer as milk production increases. Engorgement is prevented by breastfeeding at least 8–12 times each 24 hours during the first week and not skipping feedings. Using a warm moist compress for up to five minutes before breastfeeding may help the milk start to flow. Pumping or hand expression right before nursing will soften the areolar tissue to allow infant to latch well. Cold compresses after breastfeeding are helpful to reduce swelling, decrease pain, and increase milk flow. If your breasts remain uncomfortable after breastfeeding, you may hand express just enough milk to be comfortable.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, may help reduce discomfort and inflammation. Follow your physician’s advice when using these medications following discharge.
  • Sleep when the baby sleeps.
Day 1Birth–24 hours5–10 ml (approx. 1 teaspoon)
Day 224–48 hours10–15 ml (approx. 2 teaspoons)
Day 348–72 hours20–30 ml (almost 1 ounce)
Day 472–96 hours30–40 ml (almost 1.5 ounces)
Day 596–120 hours45–90 ml (1.5–3 ounces)

*These sizes are approximations and vary from infant to infant.


  • Frequent feeds during the first days following birth stimulate your body to develop a great milk supply. You can’t overfeed a breastfed newborn.
  • Don’t be surprised if, the first several days, your baby feeds more frequently at night. This is called cluster feeding and is considered normal.
  • Offer both breasts at each feeding and alternate the side you start on.
  • Attempt to burp your baby after each breast, but remember that breastfed babies don’t always burp.
  • Dress and re-swaddle your baby if you are placing him or her back in the crib after a feeding or feeding attempt.
  • After discharge, continue to feed often, 8–12 times a day until your milk supply is well established.
  • Count wet and dirty diapers for a few days. By day five expect:
    • At least six wet diapers daily
    • At least four yellow runny diapers daily
  • If diaper counts are low, contact your pediatrician or lactation consultant. A weight check might be recommended.
  • By day five, most babies have stopped losing weight and begin gaining about one ounce each day. When your baby is gaining well, it is not necessary to wake the baby for feedings unless recommended by your healthcare provider.


  • Sit up and lean forward.
  • Gently massage both breasts using your hands or a soft baby brush.
  • Place your finger and thumb on opposite sides of the areola and one inch away from the areola.
  • Apply pressure inward; back toward the rib cage (do not stretch the areola tight). Then squeeze fingers gently together. Press, compress, relax.
  • Alternate sides, going back and forth from right to left.
  • Breastmilk can be collected in a spoon or small medicine cup. It may take two to five minutes to achieve a letdown and begin to see breastmilk. Continue for about seven to ten minutes.

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