Women & Children’s Services 2017-12-04T10:37:30+00:00

Women's Services

Welcoming over 1,000 new citizens every year, our Women & Children’s Services is proud to offer high-tech yet comfortable and home-like surroundings for our patients and their families. In a soothing atmosphere of low lighting and private birthing rooms, we do everything to make your experience with us positive and restful for your baby’s arrival.  We are confident you will feel right at home with us.

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Call 520-263-3300 for more information.

  • Childbirth Classes: 520-459-8210
  • Tours: 520-263-3300
  • Healthy Families Arizona: 520- 458-7348
  • First Steps on Fort Huachuca: 520-533-6877
  • Parenting Warm Line: 1-877-PRN-7077. Parents can call this number to get parenting questions answered.
  • Arizona Warm Line for Postpartum Support International: 888-434-MOMS (6667)
  • Postpartum message phone number is 520-263-3221

Our Rooms

  • seven Labor and Delivery Rooms
  • 14 Postpartum Rooms
  • eight Antepartum Rooms

All of our rooms come with the following amenities:

  • Private birthing room in which your entire birthing experience will take place.
  • On-unit surgical suite so your return to a private room will be quick and efficient.
  • Babies can “room in” with mom.
  • Specialty beds, comfortable chairs that lie flat for guest sleeping, color TV with cable service, and large windows will make you feel right at home.
  • All rooms are equipped with fetal monitors that allow observation right in your room or at the nurses’ station.

Our Nursery

After your baby is born, you can take comfort that our expanded nursery and Level II certification will provide excellent care for your new baby.

  • Certified by the Arizona Perinatal Trust as a Level II Nursery, we can care for mothers and newborns at selected higher risk by delivering babies at a gestational age of 34 weeks and greater.
  • With a brand new digital camera from Growing Family, you will receive a full color proof of your new arrival’s picture before you leave the hospital.
  • You can create your baby’s first web page on our WebNursery, a free service provided by Growing Family.

Our Staff

Your experience in our Maternity unit will be supported by our compassionate and caring staff of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and certified Technicians.

  • Some members of our team are endorsed by the National Certification Corporation and are certified in their specialty.
  • Our prenatal instructors are members of our nursing team, so information received at our classes will be accurate and up-to-date.
  • All staff receive yearly breastfeeding education so they can help you get off to a great start.
  • Supporting our nursing team are clinical professionals from Cardiopulmonary, Rehabilitation, Laboratory, Radiology, Nutrition and Food Services, and Pharmacy.
  • Our staff receives up to date information and education in their profession to help maintain and acquire higher level certifications.

Our Physicians

Your physician from whom you have received your prenatal care will see you in our hospital. Depending on whether it is after hours, weekend, or vacation time will determine whether he or she will actually deliver your baby. All of the Obstetricians and Gynecologists on our Medical Staff are licensed by the state of Arizona and follow our hospital Medical Staff guidelines.

Our Awards

In our quest for excellence, we are pleased when others recognize and acknowledge our efforts:

  • We received a Johnson & Johnson Childbirth Nursing Award by being nominated by at least one of our patients for exceptional care by the childbirth nursing team.
  • Healthy Families Arizona recognized our unit with the “Ounce of Prevention” award for exceeding the requirements for their home visitation program.
  • We are the first maternity unit in Arizona to receive an award from the state of Arizona’s Department of Health Services for performing newborn hearing screenings on 100% of all babies born at Canyon Vista Medical Center. All technicians have completed the Arizona Department of Health Services Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum.

Community Support

We are proud of our community and of the way they support our families:

  • Healthy Families Arizona and First Steps (for military parents) are there when new families need that extra support or connection to services in our region so that everyone can start off on the right foot. More information may be obtained by calling Healthy Families Arizona at 520-458-7348 or First Steps at Huachuca at 520-533-6877.
  • The Southeastern Arizona Health Care Auxiliary has provided thousands of pairs of lovingly-knitted and crocheted booties and other items that go home with each of our new arrivals. Our December babies receive special handmade stockings.
  • Stitches From The Heart, an organization of crafters, has sent boxes of beautifully-made items to be given to our babies.
  • Ladies from the Church of Latter Day Saints in Bisbee and the Mountain Valley Mennonite Church in Cochise also make special clothing and blankets for our babies.
  • Friends of the Library and local teaching society Delta Kappa Gamma collect and provide new books to encourage a love for literature.
  • Parenting Warm Line: 1-877-PRN-7077. Parents can call this number to get parenting questions answered.

Childbirth Education

Canyon Vista Medical Center’s child birthing classes are tailored to your childbirth experience here at our hospital. Our specialized classes are taught by experienced Registered Nurses. Your childbirth educator will provide you with information about pregnancy, childbirth, newborn care and breastfeeding. You will also receive a tour of the department.

Books are provided to each participant. Here are some frequently asked questions:

  • Are the classes open to anyone?
    The mom and one coach (support person) may attend the series of classes.
  • Is there a cost to attend the class?
    The cost of the class is $40.00, due at the first class.
  • When should I sign up for the classes?
    We encourage calling and signing up for classes as soon as possible, because our space is limited. We encourage you to sign up for classes around your 20th – 22nd week.
  • How many classes are in the series, and when do they meet?
    There are six classes in the series that meet on Monday and Thursday nights. You will be asked to select a series on one of those nights. When you sign up you will be told what time the class starts.
  • What topics are covered in the classes?
    • Late pregnancy discomforts
    • Breathing & relaxation
    • What to do and who to call when labor starts
    • Information about epidurals and medications used for childbirth
    • Caesarean birth
    • Newborn care
    • Breastfeeding

To register for classes, call 520-459-8210.

Postpartum Depression

We implemented a screening program for postpartum wellness, specifically to assess a woman’s risk of Postpartum Depression or Mood Disorder. A team of Maternal Child RNs have been trained for this program. The program consists of a phone call, by one of our team members, to the mother four weeks after delivery. We use the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) to evaluate a new mother’s risk for Postpartum Depression or Mood Disorder, a distressing disorder more prolonged than the “baby blues”. If a woman scores nine or greater on the EPDS, we refer her to a doctor and other community resources as appropriate.

What is a postpartum mood disorder? Having a baby is typically viewed as a happy time in a family’s life. However, may women experience emotional changes after childbirth that can have a serious effect on the entire family. Emotional changes are the result of many factors, including changes in hormones, the physical stress of labor and delivery, not getting enough sleep, and the demands of caring for a newborn. About 75-80% of new moms will experience the Baby Blues. It is described as mild depression mixed with happier feelings, or as some women state, “It’s an emotional roller coaster”.

The Blues usually begin 2-3 days after birth and symptoms include:

  • Tiredness
  • Inability to sleep
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Crying spells
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Inability to cope
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Feeling nervous/anxious
  • Postpartum Depression

If the Baby Blues last more than two weeks or if symptoms of the blues become worse, you are most likely experiencing Postpartum Depression. 10-20% of women will experience Postpartum Depression.

Symptoms include those in the Baby blues as well as:

  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Feeling of guilt
  • Thoughts of inadequacy as a person/parent
  • Hard time concentrating/making decisions
  • Appetite changes
  • Feeling disconnected from the baby
  • Possible suicidal thoughts

Treatment Options

There are several treatments for postpartum mood disorders.

The most common of these are:

  • Postpartum support groups
  • Individual or Couples Therapy
  • Medication

Advice for Fathers

Understand that this is not her fault and she is not making up these symptoms. Be patient and encouraging. Tell her you love her and recognize that she is doing her best. Learn all you can about postpartum mood disorders and help her find professionals who will understand her issues and give her the support she needs. Know that she will be well.

Self Help

Women who have a mild form of postpartum mood disorder may find some relief by trying some of the following ideas:

  • Find someone to care for the baby so you can sleep
  • Get some mild to moderate exercise each day
  • Eat nutritious, balanced meals to give you energy
  • Talk about your experiences with someone you trust
  • Take some time to yourself each day
  • Give yourself permission to do less and allow others to help you
  • Give yourself credit for all that you do each day

When Self Help is not Enough

If symptoms do not get better or they start to interfere with your daily life, women are encouraged to contact their health care provider.

The Arizona Warmline for Postpartum Support International is 888-434-MOMS (6667).

Postpartum message phone is 520-263-3221.

Unit Tours

The Women & Children’s Services gives tours to expectant mothers every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Because we may have an unexpected high volume of patients, we do request that you please call the unit about 5:30 p.m. on the Sunday you wish to visit so that we may ensure someone is available to conduct the tour.

To schedule a tour call 520-263-3300.

Safe Haven for Babies

Each year, about 12,000 babies are left by their mothers in dumpsters, toilets, or in the woods, and most won’t live to see their first birthday. These mothers are generally financially or emotionally ill-equipped to raise their infant and often think they have no other choice but to abandon them in unsafe areas. Twenty years ago, very little help existed for mothers who couldn’t keep their infants, but now, a program exists that will allow a mother to place her infant in the care of others which in turn gives that baby an opportunity at life.

In November of 1999, the state of Texas adopted the Safe-Haven law which allows mothers to Safe Baby2leave their infants in the care of a facility with no questions asked.  Since this law has been in effect, all 50 states have adopted the Safe Haven legislature.   Through this legislation, thousands of infants have been saved from an otherwise uncertain future.  Even though the success rate of this program has been remarkable, babies are still being illegally and unsafely abandoned because women do not know there is an alternative.

The National Safe Haven Alliance was established to help women who felt there was no other option.  It provides the opportunity to leave their unharmed infant at a designated facility without fear of embarrassment, retribution, or prosecution.  Instead of abandoning a newborn, it allows mothers, fathers, or whoever is in possession of an unharmed newborn approximately 72 hours old or less, to leave them at a Safe Haven facility: any Hospital, a staffed 24/7 Fire Rescue Station, or a staffed 24/7 Emergency Medical Service Station, with no questions asked and totally anonymously. This is a compassionate approach which is saving lives.

The safe haven provider is required to accept emergency protective custody of the infant and to provide any immediate medical care that the infant may require. When the safe haven facility receiving the baby is not a hospital, the baby must be transferred to a hospital as soon as possible. The provider is also required to notify the local child welfare department that an infant has been relinquished.  Most facilities will ask the person relinquishing the infant about any family history or illness, which will provide health history to future parents of the child.

In Sierra Vista, all fire departments and Canyon Vista Medical Center are certified Safe Haven centers.

For more information about the Safe Haven program, please call 520-263-3300.

Remember, a child left at a Safe Haven facility is not abandoned.