Maternal and Child Health Unit
Family Birthing Unit
Our Family Birthing Unit offers a natural homelike setting in which to give birth and get to know your new baby. At the same time, we offer the backup of high-tech equipment and the latest know-how to provide the highest quality care for both mother and baby.
Our Family Birthing Unit is designed so that a mother, baby, and father or significant other can sleep over in the same room.
The birthing experience for families who choose to deliver at Franklin Memorial Hospital begins well before the Big Event, with home visits by the nurses who will be with you during your labor and livery, and a tour of the Family Birthing Unit.
The Family Birthing Unit offers you many choices. You can start your birth plan now and have everything ready for you when the big day comes.
Nurses from our Birthing Unit offer optional Preparation for Childbirth classes, teaching the Lamaze method of relaxation and exercise to make your labor as productive and comfortable as possible. A warm-water soaking tub is also available in the Birthing Unit to ease the discomfort of labor.
If you choose to breast feed, we have specially trained nurses to help you get started and answer your questions while you're in the hospital and even after you go home.
Above all, we want you to have the most rewarding and fulfilling birthing experience possible, and we want your baby to have the best possible start. We offer our free Growing Healthy Families program to all first-time parents, supporting them in raising their children from birth to age five.
Hospitalization of a child can be an emotional time for the family. Our dedicated staff are well trained to care for your child. Parents are encouraged to stay with their child at all times to be involved in their plan of care.
The pediatric hospitalist service at Franklin Memorial Hospital provides hospital care for general pediatric conditions and is designed to support office-based family practice physicians when their patients are hospitalized.
Families who use the pediatric hospitalist program are not giving up their regular doctor. While in the hospital, a child is seen by one of the pediatricians at least twice a day and the pediatrician keeps in close contact with the child’s doctor. Upon discharge from the hospital, the child’s primary care physician receives a complete report and will provide any necessary follow-up care.
The clinicians who staff the service are all board-certified pediatricians who practice at Pine Tree Pediatrics in Farmington. They include: Kathleen Hickey, MD; John Hickey, MD; and Richard Rosol, MD. All have special skills in hospital-based pediatric care.
The most common illnesses associated with child hospitalizations are respiratory conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, and acute bronchitis. Dehydration and appendicitis are also common.