MARY SALAZAR, RN, DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S AND INFANTS’ SERVICES AT CONWAY REGIONAL
Why is Conway Regional considered a “Best Place to Have a Baby”?
There are a number of reasons why Conway Regional has achieved such an honor. We have full obstetrical and anesthesia services and are able to respond to any emergency needs of both mom and baby 24/7. We have a team of 24 highly skilled obstetricians and pediatricians who are dedicated to your baby’s care.
If your baby needs a higher level of advanced nursery care, our Level II neonatal intensive care unit is supported by Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Level IV neonatal team. Conway Regional was the first hospital in Arkansas to join the Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Nursery Alliance.
We provide moms with high quality childbirth education classes and offer multiple options for the delivery of their babies. Once your baby arrives, our internationally-certified lactation consultants are only a phone call away.
How satisfied are your previous patients and families with your care?
Conway Regional offers patient and family centered care around the theme that “Your family is our family”. In 2019 Women’s and Infants’ Patient Satisfaction was in the 97th percentile rank for all Arkansas hospitals and had a 95th percentile rank under the question “I would recommend this hospital” for all Arkansas hospitals. Your great experience is our priority.
I’m a first-time mom, what education services are available to help me prepare for my baby?
We offer local childbirth preparation classes through our Women’s Center Outreach department to include childbirth, baby care basics, infant CPR for family and friends, and breastfeeding classes each month. You can register by visiting our website at www.conwayregional.org
I want an un-medicated labor and delivery, is this possible?
Definitely. We welcome any additional support you may want (doula, support person) during your labor and birth. During un-medicated deliveries, we utilize peanut balls, for example, to assist in the labor progression.
If I am discharged before my baby is able to go home, how can I stay on the unit?
If a mother is discharged before her baby is discharged, she is offered a private room, free of charge and as long as needed, so she can remain on the unit close to her baby.
I’m planning to breastfeed my baby, what resources and support does Conway Regional offer?
Our exclusive breast milk feeding rate during hospitalization for 2019 was 60 percent, ranking us above the state average. Breastfeeding mothers have the support of two internationally board certified lactation consultants and eight certified lactation counselors in our Labor and Delivery Unit. Outpatient lactation consults are available, breast pumps can be purchased and rented and all the supplies you need are available in our Lactation Store. Our consultants also lead a free lactation support group each month.