We’re expecting great things.
Bringing a new person into the world can be a lot of things: joyous, scary, surprising, heartwarming. And always amazing. We also want it to be as convenient, safe, and comfortable as possible. Whether you’re expecting your first child or adding to your family, we’re committed to getting you off to the best start possible. Andis Maternity unit at Hancock Regional Hospital is the only maternity hospital in Hancock County. Every year, we deliver an average of nearly 400 babies in a calming, comfortable environment—supported by an expert, caring team and the latest healthcare technology. And now Andis unit is getting even better. Our labor, delivery, and postpartum rooms are all updated with new amenities that make them even more family-friendly and homelike.
After your baby is born and you feel ready, our nurses will help you settle into your own spacious, private suite, complete with a private bath, TV, and WiFi. Here, you’ll have all the time you want to meet and marvel at your newborn; in fact, we encourage you to spend as much time with your child as you wish. Just as your newborn is the center of your world, you are the center of ours. Everything we do revolves around your comfort and care: Even meals are served when you want them. And we haven’t forgotten about your significant other. Each spacious suite comes with a comfy sleep chair so they have the option of sleeping over. And our flexible visiting hours make it easy to introduce your newborn to the whole family. Of course, we also want to make sure you and your newborn are safe. We have access control and monitoring systems in place for your security. And you’re always steps away from all the expert care you need.
Labor and Delivery Care
When you’re here, you and your baby are in the hands of a group of experienced doctors and nurses. We understand that this is your birth experience and we honor birth plans as much as possible. Our nurses are well versed in all the latest breathing and relaxation techniques and will be with you as a knowledgeable guides throughout labor and delivery. Anesthesiologists are standing by should you want an epidural. And all the resources of Hancock Regional Hospital are right here. If you need us, we’re ready 24/7.
In most cases, your baby can stay in your room. But when it’s needed, our nursery is just a few steps away, on the same floor as your private suite. Our nursery is staffed and equipped to deliver excellent neonatal care. Our nurses are trained in newborn care and neonatal resuscitation program (NRP) guidelines. You’ll have access to specially trained pediatricians and family medicine doctors, supported by the latest equipment, technology, and medicines for optimal neonatal care.
Lactation (Breastfeeding) Services
Breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other professional organizations as the preferred method of infant feeding due to the many health benefits for both the baby and the mother. At Hancock Regional Hospital, every mother and infant will receive visits from a certified lactation consultant . All staff members have extensive training in assisting breastfeeding mothers. Immediately after birth, we will assist you in placing your baby Skin to Skin (STS) on your chest. Research shows that this is the safest place for your baby to recover from birth and to transition to a new environment. STS helps your baby stay warm, stabilize the blood sugar, improves circulation and oxygen saturation levels and promotes bonding. Babies that are STS also breastfeed earlier and with greater success. We encourage new mothers to “Room In” with their infants. Babies often show signs of hunger like rooting, lip smacking, or licking. When rooming in, mothers are able to feed their babies when cues are noted. This is when baby is most receptive to feeding. Crying is a late cue and can delay the infant calming enough to latch on. Research shows that when infants room in with mom, they lose less weight, feed more times per day (which helps stimulate a robust milk supply), and have decreased risk of jaundice. Lactation consultants are available Monday through Saturday and will be glad to help you get started breastfeeding successfully. They will be checking in with you daily to make sure you are comfortable with latching and positioning your infant, and teaching you signs that your baby is getting plenty of milk. Our nurses and physicians have all had extra training with breastfeeding and will be glad to assist you as well.
Classes and Support
Hancock Regional Hospital offers classes taught by certified lactation consultants, with information on how your body makes milk, breastfeeding techniques, and how to pump and store your milk safely. Partners are encouraged to attend as well. Register online or by calling (317) 477-6526. We’re with you when you start breastfeeding, too. If you have questions, you can call our lactation line at (317) 468-4397 and speak directly with a lactation consultant. We also offer a support group for breastfeeding mothers and infants, which meets Mondays at 11 a.m. It’s a great way to learn and share in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere (and scales are always available to weigh your baby). Or if you would rather have some one-on-one time with a lactation consultant, call our lactation line to schedule a consultation. Outpatient consultations are billed to insurance or Medicaid and require a physicians order.
All breastfeeding mothers should have a breast pump, which may be covered by your insurance. Call the benefits number on your insurance or Medicaid card to see if a breast pump is covered for you. Hancock Home Medical Equipment has pumps in stock that can be billed to insurance or Medicaid. Help using the pump is available at by calling the lactation line at (317) 468-4397.
Mother’s Milk Bank
The Mother’s Milk Bank collects milk from donors who are making extra milk and want to help save the lives of newborns in need. To find out more about becoming a donor, visit The Milk Bank website or call (877) 829-7470. If you are already a donor, Hancock Regional Hospital is a Milk Depot drop-off site. Contact our lactation department at (317) 468-4397 to set up a drop-off time.