1202 S. Tyler Street
Covington, LA 70433 (985) 898-4436
24 hours, 7 days
The St. Tammany Parish Hospital New Family Center consists of Labor & Delivery, the Treatment Room (triage area), Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, Postpartum and Newborn Nursery. Here you’ll find the latest technology for diagnosis, fetal heart rate monitoring and documentation, maternal surveillance, and safely delivering and caring for St. Tammany’s newest residents. Our technology allows the attending OB-GYN to have off-site access to review the progress of the patient and status of the fetus throughout labor. The center’s top priority is providing quality maternity care that combines technical excellence and knowledge of normal childbearing, while giving special attention to fulfilling parents’ personal preferences for their child’s birth experience.
We offer an environment specially designed to make bringing your child into this world a beautiful experience. The stunning furnishings and wood flooring make for a warm, comforting and inviting atmosphere. All of the patient rooms are private and spacious with windows allowing in sunlight, creating a family-friendly stay.
In the New Family Center, we have controlled access to the unit allowing us to maintain our focus on infant security. All visitors must have the patient’s first and last name and are asked to sign in. Visitor badges are provided and are to be worn visibly for the duration of each visit.
Patient Care and Education
Another way that we are able to promote an at-home, intimate environment for childbirth is our LDRP concept: Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum. All 19 of the patient rooms are LDRP rooms, meaning that all of these steps in the birthing process are held in the same room, with the exception of a cesarean section. This is a great comfort for the mother and loved ones.
The highly skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and caring staff promotes bonding by encouraging skin-to-skin mother/baby contact and rooming-in of newborns with mothers as much as possible. There are four IBCLC certified Lactation Consultants on staff available daily to assist new moms with breastfeeding.
All patient rooms have 24/7 access to the Newborn Channel. The Newborn Channel broadcasts baby care and postpartum programming for new parents in over 1,000 hospitals nationwide. Patients can watch over 40 programs covering critical parenting topics such as Infant Care, New Mom Care, Breastfeeding and Car Seat Safety, among other helpful topics.
The New Family Center hosts tours the first Saturday of every month for prospective new parents, with distribution of registration packets. Parents have multiple education opportunities in preparation for parenthood, including evening courses they may take with other prospective parents and personal preparation at the New Family Center before going home to a new life with their baby.
The GIFT (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) is a certification program for hospitals in Louisiana. This program certifies that criteria for educating and supporting new parents in the importance of and techniques for breastfeeding have been met. To meet these criteria, the hospital must prove it has effectively supported and promoted breastfeeding by using the "Ten Steps to a Healthy Breastfed Baby." Mothers are given the gift of breast milk. With knowledge and support, they can successfully breastfeed their newborns.
St Tammany Parish Hospital is among a small group of hospitals in the state that has achieved GIFT certification.