From maternity to menopause, JRMC is pleased to provide an extensive range of services for the many stages of women’s health. JRMC is fortunate to have a team of seven exceptional obstetrician-gynecologists on our medical staff. Most deliver babies, but a few are exclusively focused on women’s gynecological health. From childbirth to menopause to infertility, these JRMC specialists are prepared to meet the needs of all women in South Arkansas throughout a lifetime.
Having a baby is the happiest reason for a hospital stay, and JRMC is honored to play a part in welcoming your newest family member into the world.
Our team of 17 L&D registered nurses and five ORT’s (Operating Room Technicians) are a family themselves, having worked together closely for many years. Several of our nurses are quick to show you pictures of the newest babies they have helped deliver…many of them children or grandchildren of their original patients!
Families preparing for the birth of a child are invited to take a free childbirth class, breastfeeding class, and baby center tour before delivery so they are familiar with each area of the hospital they will be utilizing during their stay.
All rooms in the unit are LDR—labor, delivery, and recovery—so Mom is able to settle into the same room she will stay in throughout the childbirth experience. If for some reason a caesarian section is necessary, the operating suite is inside Labor & Delivery and directly adjacent to the LDR’s, so the surgical team will be ready just as soon as Mom is ready. In addition, JRMC has 24/7 anesthesia coverage, which isn’t the case in all hospitals. So if your baby arrives after hours, there is no concern about the availability of anesthesia. Afterward, families can move to one of our more spacious suites, which is extra large and includes a couch with a fold-out bed and a full bath for the comfort of our patients and their families.
Jefferson Regional is a proud partner of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) Nursery Alliance. Through the Alliance, neonatologists at ACH are able to consult immediately with pediatricians at JRMC for the purpose of enhancing neonatal care and creating support as needed to help babies receive the best care possible. In addition, the Alliance provides educational support, quality data review, and implementation of best practices in pediatric medicine.
The physicians at JRMC are dedicated to providing care for women at all stages of life, from adolescence to menopause and beyond.
Routine medical checkups are important for everyone, but women have the added responsibility of maintaining their reproductive health before, during and after childbearing years. A “well woman” exam should be scheduled annually with your OB/GYN. An adolescent can schedule their first exam anywhere from 13 to 15 years of age. This visit allows for the gynecologist to establish a relationship with the teen while providing preventative healthcare services. An internal pelvic exam is not usually necessary during this visit unless there is particular concern. The gynecologist can also address concerns such as acne, sexually transmitted diseases and menstrual abnormalities. A wellness exam for a patient of any age can include preventative health screenings such as cervical cancer screening, an annual breast exam, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing. Your physician will suggest which exams are right for you in order to provide the highest level of preventative care. A “well woman” exam may be covered by your insurance at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
For women requiring gynecological surgery, JRMC offers a range of minimally invasive procedures to help you recover quicker and return to your life as soon as possible.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center supports the recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) of exclusive breastfeeding for the infant’s first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with the continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant. Breast milk contains all of the nutrients that an infant needs to grow and thrive in the first six months of life.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby:
- Easily digested, not constipating
- Made specifically for your child and his or her unique needs
- Less tummy trouble, fewer ear/lower respiratory infections and allergies than bottle fed infants
- Stimulates the sense of taste and smell
- Contains antibodies that help fight off and prevent infections
- Could reduce the risk of some chronic diseases and infections
- Creates a close bond with mom and baby through skin-to-skin contact paired with eye and voice contact
- Baby receive the perfect amount of food each feed through the supply and demand process of latching at the breast
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother:
- Convenient and cost effective. Doesn’t require formula, sterile water, or bottles
- Helps the stomach (uterus) to return back to its normal size sooner
- Helps with weight loss after delivery
- Decreases the risk of developing certain cancers such as breast, uterine, endometrial, and ovarian cancer
- May reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis
Your body will prepare itself for breastfeeding. It is natural to produce milk, but the act of breastfeeding is learned. It is important for you to prepare yourself through proper education and support. If you have chosen to breastfeed, a lactation consultant will spend time with you before you leave the hospital and will also be available for consultation after you go home. We also encourage you to attend one of our free breastfeeding classes offered at JRMC with one of our certified lactation consultants. Call 870-541-7333 for more information.
Breast Cancer & Mammography
Early detection is key when it comes to breast health. We have learned in recent years that mammography is the best tool for early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram is basically an x-ray of the breast and is recommended on an annual basis for all women after age 40. As the technology has grown and progressed, JRMC has recently transitioned into 3D, digital mammography. 3D mammography provides images of the breast in “slices” from many different angles, making more precise pictures than ever before. At the same time, all JRMC mammograms are now digital, making the storage and transfer of records easier than ever before. If breast cancer is found, JRMC has three oncologist and six general surgeons on staff to help develop a plan of treatment.
At JRMC, cost is never a barrier for women who need mammograms. Our Reach Every Woman program, funded by a grant from the Komen Foundation, provides clinical breast exams, mammograms and biopsies for women who are uninsured, underinsured, or those who have insurance but have not yet met their deductible.
Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and care of the patient before, during and after surgery. JRMC provides full 24-hour anesthesia coverage. For more information click the link below.
Same Day Surgery
Same Day Surgery simply means that you come to the hospital the same day as your surgery or procedure. JRMC’s Same Day Surgery is located in the main hospital building at 1600 West 40th Avenue. We recommend that you and your family member or friends park in the parking garage, which is located on 40th Avenue near the front entrance. When you enter the hospital, go to the Admissions area and sign in. After you are registered you will be taken to a waiting room. Family and friends will wait there for you while you are having your surgery or procedure. If you haven’t been connected by 3:00 p.m. on the day before your surgery or procedure, please call us at (870)541-7126 or (870) 541-7129.
Pre-Admission Testing (PAT).
Routine tests are sometimes needed to evaluate your state of health. Our healthcare team will determine what your needs are. After your surgery or procedure is scheduled by your doctor, you are asked to come to our Pre-Admission Testing area. It is a good idea to call for an appointment as soon as you can. These tests need to be done 3-7 days before the surgery or procedure. Call 870-541-7447 to set up your appointment. This testing department is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also come in without an appointment
Learn more about Pre-Admission Testing
Ambulatory Surgery Center
The Ambulatory Surgery Center at JRMC is for patients who are able to leave the hospital the same day they have surgery, without being admitted to the hospital. JRMC’s Ambulatory Surgery Center is located in Jefferson Professional Center 1, at 1609 West 40th.
OB/GYN Associates of South Arkansas
OB/GYN Associates of South Arkansas, owned and operated by JRMC, has two locations in Jefferson Professional Building 1 located at 1609 West 40th Avenue, Suite 201 and Suite 402. The clinics are fully equipped and staffed with four obstetricians/gynecologists. Find out more about the clinics and specialists who work there by clicking the link below.