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From First Cry to Future Graduates

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From First Cry to Future Graduates

Introducing the Class of 2041

2023 was highlighted by the delightful arrival of 136 babies at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, each one marking the beginning of a new chapter. Fast forward to 2041, these once tiny bundles of joy will have transformed into the proud graduates of their generation, ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the world! We are so honored to be a part of their story.

Newborn Spotlight

“This was my first time giving birth at Carthage. The birth was a bit too quick and ended up happening at the ER but Dr. Wu and the team of nurses were quick to act allowing for a safe delivery. Each of my three sons were delivered at different hospitals, and Carthage's Nurses were the most caring out of all three. After leaving the hospital Diane Rucker, RN noticed I had forgotten the bassinet tag and sent it via usps for our momentos! Every caregiver I had was so cognizant of our needs, which made it a great experience. Benjamin Gazda was born August 25, 2023 at 2:53 a.m., weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces, measuring 19 1/2 inches in length.” - Emily Gazda

Welcome to the world Benjamin Gazda

Benjamin Gazda

CHMC Maternity Unit: A Haven for New Mothers and Babies

Support when you need it.

Experience something special at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center's maternity unit, where we prioritize your comfort and peace of mind. Our all-in-one care approach lets you labor, deliver, recover, and receive postpartum care in one room, providing a consistent and calming environment throughout your stay. This seamless experience is especially beneficial for those opting for a natural birth, offering continuous support in a familiar setting from the first contraction to those precious first moments with your newborn.

In the case of a C-section, our dedicated team ensures a smooth and comfortable transition, always focusing on your well-being. Choosing CHMC means more than selecting a medical facility; it means entering a warm, nurturing haven for one of life's most remarkable journeys. We combine the homely atmosphere of a smaller hospital with the expertise of our experienced medical staff, aiming to make your transition from pregnancy to parenthood as smooth and comforting as possible.

Labor and Delivery Suites

At CHMC, the continuity of care in familiar surroundings doesn't just offer comfort—it brings peace of mind. As a mother-to-be, you can fully immerse yourself in the childbirth experience, supported by a team that deeply values the intimacy of this incredible journey. Opting for CHMC means choosing a place where every detail is designed to make your initial moments with your new baby memorable and comfortable, all while enjoying beautiful views of the St. Lawrence River.

Maternity Unit Features:

  • 10 well-equipped birthing suites

  • Two dedicated observation rooms

  • Comfortable daybeds for partners and visitors

  • Comprehensive nutritional assessments for mothers

  • Free breastfeeding and childbirth education classes

  • A tailored OB menu designed specifically for patients

  • Personalized amenities to enhance the birthing experience


Tracking the Trend: Birth Statistics at CAH

In 2023, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center celebrated the birth of an exceptional number of newborns, warmly welcoming 136 future graduates into the world. The previous year, in 2022, we had the privilege of delivering 133 babies, and in 2021, our dedicated team brought 138 babies into the embrace of their families. We take immense pride in being a part of this joyous journey, introducing and nurturing the potential of these future leaders, innovators, and creative thinkers. Each birth is a testament to our commitment to fostering a healthy and vibrant community.

Navigating Pediatric Appointments in a Baby's First Year

Birth to 3-5 Days: The Initial Assessments

The pediatric journey begins at birth, where the newborn undergoes their first comprehensive health check. This examination is crucial in identifying any immediate health issues and establishing baseline measurements. A follow-up visit within 3 to 5 days post-birth is essential for monitoring early developmental milestones, addressing feeding practices, and ensuring the infant’s overall well-being.

1 Month: Growth and Development Check

At one month, the focus is on assessing the baby's weight gain, growth, and overall development. This visit often includes discussions on feeding, sleep patterns, and parental concerns, providing a valuable opportunity for caregivers to seek advice and support.

2, 4, and 6 Months: Continual Growth Monitoring

Visits at 2, 4, and 6 months are integral for tracking the baby's growth and developmental progress. These appointments typically involve routine vaccinations, monitoring motor skills, and assessing sensory responses. Pediatricians also guide parents on upcoming developmental milestones.

9 and 12 Months: Milestones and Mobility

By 9 and 12 months, the focus shifts to the baby's mobility, language development, and social engagement. These visits also include discussions on introducing solid foods and ensuring a safe environment for an increasingly mobile child. The one-year checkup often marks a significant milestone with additional vaccinations and a comprehensive review of the baby's first year of growth and development.

These pediatric appointments are essential in ensuring a baby's healthy development, providing continuous support and guidance to parents during this critical first year.


Discover the Unparalleled Maternity Experience at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center

At Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, our maternity services go beyond providing top-notch labor and delivery care; we create a warm and inviting haven where the journey of new life begins. Here, we seamlessly merge the cozy, personalized ambiance of a small hospital with the expertise of our experienced medical team. Our goal is to ensure that your transition from pregnancy to parenthood is as smooth and comfortable as it can be.

Our maternity unit has been meticulously designed to accommodate every aspect of childbirth. From labor to delivery and into recovery, mothers can relax knowing they will remain in the same nurturing environment throughout their stay. Each room is fully equipped to handle all stages of childbirth, providing a seamless experience without the need to move between different rooms.

Choosing CHMC for your birthing experience means choosing a place where every detail is oriented towards making your first moments with your new baby as memorable and comfortable as possible. Contact a member of our Labor and Delivery Team to learn more.