Monday was a day of firsts in Braselton.
Sara Herndon had her first child with husband Kyle Herndon, and their baby boy, Lucas Arthur, was the first baby ever born in the new labor and delivery unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.
The hospital’s labor and delivery unit opened for the first time at 8 a.m. Monday, and Lucas Arthur Herndon was born at 10:03 a.m., weighing in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces in a scheduled cesarean section.
For the new mother, it was an “amazing” experience, from arriving at the hospital at 7:30 a.m. to welcoming guests and visitors in her labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum room hours later.
“It’s an awesome hospital,” Sara Herndon said. “Everyone on staff has been incredible.”
The family lives in south Jackson County, and Kyle Herndon said they chose the Braselton hospital mainly because of its location. Sara Herndon said they also chose it because the unit was brand new.
The new unit has 10 labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms, according to Beth Downs, public relations manager for the Braselton hospital. These all-inclusive rooms mean the mother doesn’t have to move to a new room after giving birth.
“Everything that the mom needs for her entire stay is here,” Downs said.
Each room has a private bathroom, with a walk-in shower with a rain head above and jets on the side designed to massage a mother’s back after labor, which is called “hydrotherapy.”
The spacious rooms are also wired so a mother can hook up her phone or mp3 player to listen to the music of her choice throughout the room.
The hospital also has a four-bed neonatal intensive care unit, a nursery, two operating rooms — where Sara Herndon’s C-section was held — and more.
Technology and security in the new space is top-notch, according to Downs. The unit is a “locked unit,” meaning all visitors have to check in with security to enter. It also has the Cuddles Infant Protection System, which gives each infant a soft, wired ankle band that will set off an alarm if the child is prematurely removed from the labor and delivery unit.
For more information on the labor and delivery unit at the Braselton hospital, go to www.nghs.com/braseltonbaby.
Kyle Herndon, who works in heavy equipment logistics for Florida-Georgia Heavy Rigging and coaches little league football, said he was impressed by the care he, his wife and his son received their first day in the unit.
“They got us a bunch of gifts,” he said. “The hospitality and everything they’ve done for us has been awesome.”