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A Safe Delivery with HUGS: Amenities for Maternity Care

Posted at 4:59 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 18:59:23-04

The process of pregnancy through labor and delivery can be an exciting and stressful time for expectant parents. The last thing any new parent wants to worry about is the safety and security of their new baby inside the hospital. Jordan Valley Medical Center-West Valley Campus provides an infant protection system called HUGS to safeguard infant patients from the threat of abduction.

What is HUGS?

HUGS is a protection system that provides safety and security for Jordan Valley Medical Center-West Valley Campus’ smallest patients. Each infant wears a small tag around his or her ankle that contains a tiny microchip. The tag sends a regularly timed message, called a Heartbeat, to indicate that the baby is in a secure area at all times. These messages are relayed to a control computer for constant supervision.

During delivery, the mother and her partner will have bands placed around their wrists that match the one on their new baby. These bands allow both parents into the nursery. Additionally, the parents are given a four-digit security code for safety, security, and privacy purposes. Only visitors with this exact security code will be admitted onto the floor.

Amenities in the Labor and Delivery Department

  • Advanced technology to monitor the baby and mother during labor
  • 24-hour anesthesia services
  • Cesarean birth suite
  • Adjustable birthing beds
  • Rooming-in service for baby and mother to stay together
  • Constant monitoring by staff members
  • Celebratory meal for mother and partner