Frankfort maternity and birth specialists
Having a baby is a miraculous event you’ll remember for the rest of your life. At Frankfort Regional Medical Center, an entire network of maternity and birth specialists—including nurses and related clinical staff—is available to collaborate on your care, right here in your community. We’re committed to making your pregnancy and birth experience safe and joyful—putting you and your baby at the center of everything we do.
If you don’t yet have an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), it’s important to find one early in your pregnancy to ensure proper care for you and your baby. All of our OB/GYNs are board-certified and meet the highest professional standards. We also have certified nurse midwives available to provide the very best care to you and your baby. To make an appointment or speak to a gynecologists, call (502) 227-2229.
Find a pediatrician
Choosing a pediatrician is another vital step in preparing for your new baby. You may want to ask your obstetrician for recommendations or choose from our network of pediatricians.
Expert, compassionate maternity care
Frankfort Regional is recognized for providing pregnancy and birth services that meet the highest standards of care. When you choose our Center for Women's Health for your maternity care, you benefit from:
- Comprehensive services, from prenatal education to help with caring for your new baby
- An experienced, highly trained and specialized staff who love what they do and work as a team to care for you and your family
- Personalized care with a range of birthing options, including midwifery and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) delivery, in our family-centered environment
- The latest technology and evidence-based best practices to ensure a safe pregnancy and birth
- A labor tub, also known as a birthing pool or labor pool, designed to ease the pain of child birth and provide labor management for those patients desiring to use labor hydrotherapy
- Our strong commitment to breastfeeding, supported by our dedicated staff and physicians, our lactation consultants and demonstrated by the successful experiences of our patients
- Our emphasis on newborn safety and security, including our infant security system
Level II neonatal intensive care unit
Some pregnancies are high-risk and demand a specialized level of care during both pregnancy and delivery. Other pregnancies may encounter unexpected problems. At birth, many of these babies require the care of a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Affiliated with Norton Children's Hospital, our Level II nursery provides specialized medical care for newborns, so that parents can stay within the community to deliver. Plus, mothers and babies won’t have to be separated to get the care they need, which makes life much easier on mom.
Labor and delivery
The Center for Women's Health at Frankfort Regional Medical Center celebrates the uniqueness of every birth. Experience our superior, personalized care before, during and after delivery in our spacious, private birthing rooms large enough for family members to help welcome your newborn.
Labor hydrotherapy utilizes the soothing properties of warm water immersion to relax the patient and to help ease patient discomfort and anxiety. Immersion in water has many effects that are beneficial to the patient including:
- Total immersion produces buoyancy which creates a hydrodynamic lift, reducing gravitational pull.
- A body in water weighs only 1/6 of what it does on land. This decreases muscular tension and allows the patient to maintain positions that might not be possible on land. The decrease in tension can also cause an increase in oxytocin and endorphins, creating a euphoric effect.
- Hydrostatic pressure equalizes the pressure on the body below the water surface which helps to reduce pain.
- The buoyancy of the water and width of the pool allow patients to easily change positions such as the knee–chest, seated, squatting and four foot stand.
- Water reduces the strain on perineal muscles and increases elasticity.
Watch Sarah Butler, RN on the Center for Women's Health at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, explain how the hospital's labor tub is available as a coping mechanism for women in place of medication during labor and delivery.
Pregnancy care and classes
Become an active participant in your pregnancy care and learn about your choices for labor and delivery. Explore Frankfort Regional’s prenatal and parenting classes to help you and your family prepare for the birth of your child. For an overview of our classes, visit our classes and events.
Between morning sickness and weight gain concerns, healthy nutrition can be a challenge during pregnancy. Our registered dietitians can help you sort through the myths and find a nutritional balance that’s healthy for you and your baby. A small percentage of women develop diabetes during pregnancy. We can help women with gestational diabetes navigate the issues associated with this often temporary condition. Learn more about our nutrition services.
Why we provide the best pregnancy and birth care
In these series of videos, watch Nicole Cox answer questions about her experience giving birth to her second child at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
- What was your delivery experience like at FRMC?
- How did FRMC cater to your needs?
- Compare your most recent delivery at FRMC to your first delivery in Lexington.
- Describe the relationship you have with your physician.
Watch OB/GYN Stephen Hall, MD, discuss why Frankfort Regional is different than other area hospitals.
- What makes FRMC different from other area hospitals?
- What is the nursing care like at FRMC?
After your baby arrives
Once your baby is here, we’ll take good care of everyone. We offer family-centered attention and sleep accommodations for your significant other. Our certified lactation consultants help you and your baby get a good start with breastfeeding and provide as much follow-up support as you need.
Snuggling your baby skin-to-skin is known as Kangaroo care. Your baby is placed on your bare chest wearing a diaper and hat and covered with a warm blanket. The baby snuggles on your chest covered with a blanket, just like a kangaroo's pouch. That's why it's called Kangaroo care or KC.
Common questions about Kangaroo care
- Helps your baby move to the outside world easier because he can hear your heartbeat and feel your warmth.
- Helps baby maintain a good heart rate and breathing rate.
- Your baby will cry less and sleep more.
- Your baby can be held skin-to-skin during procedures.
- Your baby will have better brain development.
- Your baby may take the first feeding at your breast, which is the best care you can provide for your baby.
- You will have more milk and more success with breastfeeding.
- You will have better bonding and feelings of closeness.
- You will feel more confident caring for your baby.
- Immediately after birth, your baby will be dried off and placed on your chest.
- Both you and the baby will be covered with warm blankets.
- Your baby may take the first feeding at the breast.
- You and your baby may remain skin-to-skin for up to two hours.
- Do not hand the baby to family members or friends during this time as your baby will get cold.
Sometimes there are medical reasons that keep you from holding your baby in Kangaroo right after delivery. If this is the case, your health care provider will help you start as soon as possible.
Yes. Even if you do not plan to breastfeed, you can hold your baby in Kangaroo care. Babies are born wanting to breastfeed, so don't be surprised if the baby tries to latch on to the breast all by himself.
Yes. You can hold both babies skin-to-skin, together or separately.
Yes. Kangaroo Care is good for your baby when you return home. You can Kangaroo at home holding your baby skin-to-skin as often as you like. You and your baby continue to get all of the benefits that you had in the hospital.