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Anderson Regional Birth Center

The birth of a baby is one of the most amazing events in life, and our goal is to help make your experience special and memorable from the moment you arrive. We want our moms to feel comfortable, confident, safe and informed as you welcome your new baby into the world.

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Contact Information

Anderson Regional Medical Center - North
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301
Call 601-553-6124

Lactation Center
Call 601- 553-6034 and 601-553-6501

Maternal/Newborn Education Center
Call 601-553-6123

Newborn Outpatient Center
Call 601-553-6043 and 601-553-6126

Anderson Regional Birth Center

Feeling Comfortable | Feeling Confident About Your Care | Feeling Confident About Your Baby’s Care | Feeling Safe
Feeling Informed | Visiting Hours and Policies | After Delivery | Admission | Circumcision | Media

Feeling Comfortable

Our private labor, delivery and recovery rooms provide a calm and comforting environment for your delivery. After your baby is born, you’ll move to a private mother-baby room. Specialized nurses will care for you and your baby, answer any questions, provide education and connect you with any needed resources.

Feeling Confident About Your Care

We aim to meet your birth plan expectations and encourage you to communicate your desires with our staff. From traditional labor and delivery to natural childbirth and cesarean section, Anderson’s highly trained OB-GYN physicians, midwives, nurses and support staff are ready to share in the delivery of your miracle.

Feeling Confident About Your Baby’s Care

Our fully staffed Well-Baby Nursery provides care for your healthy newborn. Every newborn is fully evaluated daily by our team of Neonatologists, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and Neonatal Nurses. If any unexpected complications occur, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has the staff and equipment needed to provide the best care your baby needs.

Feeling Safe

Anderson Regional Birth Center offers a safe, nurturing environment for your maternity stay. We take the security of our smallest patients very seriously. Our Nursery Unit is a locked unit where only designated personnel can gain access using ID swipe cards.

Feeling Informed

The childbirth education program at Anderson Regional Birth Center is designed to prepare you and your family for the birth and parenting of your baby. The classes offered by the Birth Center are complimentary to those planning to deliver their baby at Anderson. Please schedule your classes with our experienced team of maternal/newborn educators and nurses by calling 601-553-6123 . Each class lasts approximately two hours. One session will include a tour of the labor, delivery and recovery suites, the newborn nursery and postpartum rooms.

Visiting Hours and Policies

Family and friends are an important part of the childbirth experience and can be of great support to the new parents. We encourage your family to follow the guidelines below while visiting.

Labor and Delivery

Once you are admitted to Labor and Delivery, you may have up to four (4) individuals visit at a time. Visitors must check in with the Admissions Clerk (near the Birth Center entrance) to receive a visitor’s badge that should be worn while in the unit. When checking in, each visitor must provide the patient’s first and last name.

  • Visitors are allowed during labor at mother’s discretion; a maximum of four visitors allowed during labor.
  • Only two people are allowed in the room during delivery.
  • During a Cesarean Section, only one person may be present.
  • The only children allowed into birthing rooms during labor are the patient’s children or siblings.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient or father of the baby.
  • During epidural placement, family will be asked to wait in the waiting area.
  • In emergency situations, all family will be asked to wait in the waiting area.
  • There are some situations that visiting may be extremely limited. Please respect this, as it is for the mother’s safety and well-being.
  • Visitors are to wait in the waiting room when not with the patient (not in the hallway of labor and delivery).
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in the Labor Department.
  • Sleeping on the floor of the waiting area is prohibited.
After Delivery
  • Visitors are limited to 3-4 at a time.
  • Siblings or other children are allowed to visit with mom and the new baby as long as they are free from infection and accompanied by an adult.
  • Only one adult is allowed to stay in mom's room overnight. No children under the age of 13 will be allowed to stay in mom’s room overnight without an adult other than the patient.

After the baby arrives, the patient will move to a Post-Partum room where visitors are permitted between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. The number of visitors in this area is not limited. Visitors may check in with the clerk at the admissions window near the Birth Center entrance to be granted access to the unit. When checking in, they must provide the patient’s first and last name.


Only designated hospital personnel with proper badge access may enter this unit. Parents and grandparents (two visitors at a time) will be granted entry to the NICU by designated personnel. Other visitors must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. No visitors are allowed in the NICU between 4:30-10:00 a.m. or during shift change.

Patients may also choose to be admitted confidentially so their name will not appear on any patient lists. You may choose a code number or word that visitors are required to give in order to gain access to the unit.

The guidelines and policies set forth by Anderson Regional Birth Center are put in place to meet our goals and our patient’s expectations during the birth experience.

After Delivery

At Anderson Regional Birth Center, we encourage and support skin-to-skin contact — it is the best beginning for both you and your baby.

Research shows that skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and in the newborn period is very beneficial for both mom and baby. Some of these advantages include:

  • Helps baby learn to regulate temperature
  • Helps baby stabilize breathing and heart rate
  • Helps baby control blood sugar
  • Promotes early breastfeeding and helps with the overall success of breastfeeding
  • Provides the best transition to life outside of mom
  • Promotes early bonding between mom and baby
  • Has a calming effect and decreases crying and fussiness

At birth — if conditions allow — your baby will be placed directly on your chest immediately after delivery. We will place a blanket and/or towel over the baby to keep the baby warm as you enjoy your first precious moments together. Skin-to-skin contact is recommended for at least one hour after birth.

Depending on the condition of the mother and/or baby at the time of birth, skin-to skin contact may not be possible. However, skin-to-skin contact is beneficial at any time during the early newborn period, even after you leave the hospital.

Skin to Skin Contact


Please check in at the Admissions Desk near the Emergency Waiting Area when you arrive at the hospital.

Please be sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Your labor bag including your baby’s clothing
  • A list of your daily medications dosages — do not bring your medications with you
  • Glasses, toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, etc.), robe, slippers
  • Insurance information, emergency telephone number
  • A copy of your advance directives
  • Infant car seat — You must have a car seat installed in your vehicle when you leave the hospital. If you need assistance with car seat installation, please visit any fire department or police department.


If you are having a baby boy, be sure to decide in advance of your delivery if you want him to be circumcised. The decision to have your baby circumcised is a personal one. Your doctor is available to discuss the options with you. If you want your baby to be circumcised, please check with your OB-GYN or midwife to see if he or she performs circumcisions at the hospital or in his or her office. If the procedure is performed in the hospital, there will be a $300 fee that must be paid prior to delivery.

Circumcisions are considered an elective procedure and are usually not covered by insurance or Medicaid. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to determine whether or not the procedure will be covered. If your insurance does cover circumcision, our Business Office will need to document this approval prior to your delivery. You may finalize this arrangement by calling 601-553-6181. If your insurance will not cover the circumcision, you will need to make the full payment of $300 or set up a payment plan in advance of your delivery. Payment arrangements can be made by calling 601-553-6181.



Birth Center

Rooming In

Robin Butler, RN, explains how rooming in helps establish a strong bond between mama and baby after birth.

Skin-to-Skin is Best for Baby

Judy Guasco, RN, explains how skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby can have great benefits after birth.

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