Women's Services

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is proud to offer a state-of-the art Women’s Center that offers excellence in Maternal/Child care along with Diagnostic Services that provides the latest cutting-edge technology for women. The entire building is 42,000 square feet. The third floor will not be built out at this time. It will house private patient rooms sometime in the future as community growth dictates the need for more inpatient rooms.

The second floor Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Center offers:

  • NEW Automated 3D Breast Ultrasound
  • Screening and Diagnostic Digital Mammography
  • Minimally Invasive Digital Stereotactic Breast Biopsies
  • 3/D & 4/D Ultrasound
  • Cyst Aspirations
  • Ultrasound Breast Biopsy
  • Bone Density/DEXA Scans
  • Echocardiography

Our Birthing Center includes:

  • Six 19’x19’ Private, spacious Birthing Suites with amenities to accommodate family members and visitors
  • Hotel-like amenities for mom
  • State-of-the-Art operating suite & Recovery Room for C-Sections
  • Two Nurses Stations
  • Newborn Nursery
  • 2-story Atrium Lobby and waiting area

We are pleased to offer hotel-like amenities for new moms. They will receive a personal hygiene toiletries kit, plush terry cloth towels in the bathroom, wall mounted hair dryers in all rooms, WiFi access, complimentary coffee service, a special gourmet dinner, and free on-call massage services.

As infant security is always of utmost importance to us, we’ve installed the Hugs® infant protection system to safeguard infants from the threat of abduction. The Hugs system is configured to operate in a number of ways to readily support our existing security systems. Each infant wears a comfortable and unobtrusive Hugs tag attached by the means of a soft tamper-proof strap around his or her ankle. The computer console displays floor plans of the facility showing tag locations with monitored areas and doors indicated. Alarms are generated if the strap is cut or tampered with, if the infant is moved to an unauthorized zone, or if the tag’s signal is no longer detected.

All babies will “room in” with their mothers. A baby will only be in the nursery if they are in need of additional medical care or if Mom needs to take a shower or a nap and cannot give her full attention to the infant and there is no other family member available to keep an eye on the infant. Then, the nurses will keep the infant in the nursery where they can monitor them until Mom is available.


During pregnancy, babies get warmth, food, protection, and oxygen from their mother’s body. After being born, babies suddenly find themselves without immediate access to those essential needs. It is not surprising that studies have shown a host of benefits for babies who experience skin-to-skin care with their mothers. When babies are placed against their mother’s skin, it is the closest they can get to being back in the warmth and security of the womb.

Benefits for Skin-to-Skin for baby:

  • Cry less
  • Regulates breathing and heart rate
  • Maintain temperature
  • Higher and more stable blood sugars
  • Early stimulation of immune system
  • Calming effect during procedures
  • Baby is more likely to exclusively breastfeed and breastfeed for a longer period of time

Benefits for Skin-to-Skin for mom:

  • Decreases chances of excessive bleeding
  • Decreases anxiety and pain
  • Increases bonding with baby
  • Makes it easier to recognize and respond to infant cues
  • Builds confidence in infant care

What does Skin-to-Skin look like?

  • Baby will be placed skin-to-skin after birth as long as mom and baby are stable for a minimum of one hour of uninterrupted skin-to-skin time.
  • A diaper will be placed on baby and a blanket will be placed over mom and baby.
  • If mom is breastfeeding, this will be a good time for baby to nurse.
  • Interruptions will be limited and mom is encouraged to keep baby skin-to-skin.
  • Visitors will be limited to allow for new family bonding time.

The baby will be allowed to move through the nine instinctive stages that occur when mom and baby are skin-to-skin after delivery:

  • Birth cry: occurs immediately after birth when lungs expand.
  • Relaxation: period of quiet time after the birth cry.
  • Awakening: head and shoulders begin to move. May open eyes and make small mouth movements.
  • Activity: eyes remain open, may look for mom. Increased mouth and sucking movements. May also massage moms’ breast.
  • Rest: rest periods may occur during each of the nine stages.
  • Crawling: begins to approach the breast by leaping, sliding, crawling and/or pushing. Continues mouth and sucking movement, however, baby is not ready to latch.
  • Familiarization: may lick, touch or massage the breast while looking at mom. Rubs own face and mouth with hands.
  • Suckling: self attaches to the nipple with minimal or no assistance.
  • Sleep: baby and sometimes the mom fall into a deep sleep usually two hours after birth.

For more information, read the “Skin-to-Skin Guide for Parents” (English) or “Skin-to-Skin Guide for Parents” (Spanish).

Birthing Center Patient Testimonial 

For more information about our Birthing Center contact us at BirthCenter@HazelHawkins.com

Women’s Imaging Services

The second floor Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Center offers

  • NEW Automated 3D Breast Ultrasound
  • Screening and Diagnostic Digital Mammography
  • Minimally Invasive Digital Stereotactic Breast Biopsies
  • 3/D & 4/D Ultrasound
  • Cyst Aspirations
  • Ultrasound Breast Biopsy
  • Bone Density/DEXA Scans
  • Echocardiography

Birthing Center Virtual Tour