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When a baby is on the way

CMCWhen a baby is on the way, it’s great to know Colleton County residents have a terrific childbirth option close by. Colleton Medical Center, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, has been welcoming bundles of joy to the area since its doors opened. That translates to more than 10,000 babies in the past three decades!

Obstetrics — defined as the branch of medicine that deals with childbirth and the care of women before, during, and after they give birth — is one of the key medical services provided at Colleton Medical Center. A dedicated team of labor and delivery nurses, technicians and doctors awaits the birth of each special delivery, and works extra hard to make sure each birth experience is as unique as the baby who arrives. Many nurses have spent their entire careers at CMC in the labor and delivery unit. They define their team as an experienced, dedicated and caring family. They enjoy giving lots of individual attention to each patient, providing one-on-one care during this special time. Patient satisfaction runs high in the unit; it is common for staff to hear a new mom say how special she felt during her childbirth experience.

Nurses at CMC love what they do, and they are proud of the quality of care and the surroundings at CMC. Those surroundings include six private LDRPs – or labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum rooms and a large nursery. LDRPs mean that birthing mothers stay in the same room throughout their birth experience. After baby arrives, mom recovers in the same room and stays there until discharge. Baby may “room in” with mom or may spend time in the nursery if special care is necessary or if mom just needs a little sleep.

Two obstetricians, Dr. Trent Cannon and Dr. Riddick Ackerman, have delivered babies at CMC for 30 and 28 years respectively. Dr. Ackerman recently talked about the importance of trust and the value between physicians and nurses, and how that is a CMC norm. He is very proud of CMC’s very low Caesarean section (C-section) rate, at 27%. The current South Carolina average is just under 35%.

For more information about Colleton Medical Center’s obstetrics services, go to www.colletonmedical.com or call 843-782-2525.


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