When it comes to the health of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, nothing in Mississippi matches the quality and scope of care and services provided by University Women's Care, a part of University of Mississippi Medical Center. Obstetric specialists oversee the medical needs of the mom-to-be from the earliest days of pregnancy (prenatal) to delivery and after (postnatal).

Most women are seen by an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), a physician specializing in general women's medical are, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system, as well as care of pregnant women. High-risk pregnancies are managed by a compassionate team of maternal and fetal specialists and surgeons, who work with other UMMC specialists to protect the expectant mother and her unborn child.

Comprehensive inpatient care, including labor and delivery, is provided at UMMC's Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants, offering new families access to their babies at the newborn nursery as well as the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. The newborn medicine program provides comprehensive care for babies delivered at Wiser as well as for those transferred from other hospitals in Mississippi and neighboring states. (Infants that have been sent home from a hospital are treated at Batson Children's Hospital.)

As a Level IV facility, our NICU provides acute care for newborns with health problems, including those that require advanced advanced ventilation (including ECMO) and advanced surgeries, such as open heart procedures to correct congenital heart defects.

The self-contained newborn nursery, newborn transition nursery and neonatal intensive care unit features around-the-clock specially trained physicians. In addition, all subspecialties, including pediatric neurology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, surgery, genetics, endocrinology, cardiology and others are in-house 24 hours a day. The specially trained staff includes neonatal nurse practitioners, nurse educators, discharge planning nurses and social workers. Many of our registered nurses are certified in neonatal resusciation and/or neonatal care.

We are the only hospital in the state to have certified Lamaze instructors leading our childbirth classes. Our classes teach expectant mothers what to expect during the birthing process. Each of the scheduled classes buildings on the previous class so we encourage moms-to-be and their support person to attend all classes to get the full benefit. Topics include labor and delivery, relaxation techniques, infant feeding and much more.

The University Women's Care team of registered nurses and dietitians provide delivered patients with maternal and infant care and assist with breastfeeding problems. We also feature the state's only hospital-based enrollment program for mothers and babies who qualify for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) supplements.