The Women's Center at TGMC

The Women’s Center at TGMC

Pampering at Every Stage of Life

Women's Center Large, tranquil rooms with state-of-the-art amenities, knowledgeable, compassionate and experienced staff. Amazing views of majestic oak trees. What sounds like a nice hotel is actually the Women’s Center at Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC), where health care is tailor-made for women at every stage of life. The Women’s Center is a comprehensive health care center for women providing obstetrics and gynecological care and the most comprehensive women’s imaging and breast center in the region. The center features all private rooms, as well as surgical suites for same day surgeries and procedures.

The center was developed after extensive research and site visits throughout the country at similar women’s health care facilities. Overall, the Women’s Center is one of the most efficient, and comfortable facilities of its kind and offers patients a quiet, peaceful environment.

In Touch With Mothers and Babies

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In the center’s obstetrics area, TGMC utilizes advanced fetal monitors and computer systems to closely monitor both mother and baby, enabling staff to always be in touch from any area of the labor and delivery unit. In the case of a high-risk pregnancy, the center’s first floor houses a maternal fetal medicine clinic, designed for high risk mothers who require the care of a perinatologist.

Antepartel rooms in the labor and delivery unit allow staff and doctors to monitor obstetrics patients for testing, medical complications or in instances of pre-term labor. For mothers in active labor, the center’s all-private Labor/Delivery/ Recovery rooms (LDR) offer large, tranquil suites equipped with comfortable furnishings and top-of-the-line birthing and fetal monitoring technology.

Following delivery, patients recover in these rooms while being monitored by professional, caring staff certified in inpatient obstetrics. Patients who have had a C-section or tubal ligation also recover in an LDR with a registered nurse trained in recovering post-op surgeries.

Following the recovery period, patients then move to a post-partal room for the remainder of their hospital stay. This 20-bed unit offers large, private rooms in close proximity to the nursery. From the moment they deliver their baby, patients may choose to have their baby “room in.” When not in the room with their mother, babies can be seen by family members through the nursery window any time, day or night.

The Baby's Arrival

Women's CenterTGMC’s team of experienced maternal-child nurses begin taking care of your new baby upon delivery. As skilled neonatal care providers, the Women’s Center has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), specializing in caring for babies born prematurely or those requiring focused care resulting from complications during the newborn period.

For mothers choosing to breastfeed their babies, TGMC offers the opportunity to meet with a Lactation Consultant specially trained in working with breastfeeding mothers and infants during pregnancy and following delivery.

While under the care of the center’s skilled maternal-child team, patients and their family will receive individualized attention. The staff will conduct a needs assessment for the mother and recommend various programs to help ensure a healthy transition as a family takes their new baby home.

Extra Touches For You and Your Baby

Each baby delivered at TGMC is a memorable event. We know you newborn baby is a treasure to you and your family. To help you share your newborn’s arrival with the community, we now offer the TGMC Hello Baby Program. The Hello Baby Program is a free service available to all mothers delivering in TGMC’s Women’s Center.

Women's CenterYour babies special message will appear on the Hello Baby Billboard located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Main Street in Houma. More information will be explained upon delivery at TGMC.

All new parents will get to capture this precious moment with a picture. A representative from Our 365 will come to your room and take your babies picture before discharge and a variety of photo packages will be available for purchase.

Also available to moms and families is a newborn channel. This channel has educational tips on various topics such as how to care for your baby the first few days at home.

Bright Beginnings

Women's CenterAt TGMC, we know a new arrival is an event you will remember for the rest of your life. That's why we are committed to making sure you're fully prepared to meet the challenges that your baby will bring. We pride ourselves on the fact that our care is "family-centered" ... we want to ensure that every member of the family is involved.

Beginning months before your delivery, we offer classes and information to help you on your way to the big day. Our classes are designed to meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the entire family. They include:

  • Prepared Childbirth Classes - A series of five classes that provides an in-depth look at the upcoming delivery, and what can be expected afterwards. Topics covered include Lamaze breathing techniques, the labor and delivery process, positioning, delivery choices, comfort measures, and baby care.
  • Sibling Classes - These classes focus on helping brothers and sisters understand what it means to have a new baby at home. The classes teach how to diaper, feed, and hold a baby.
  • Breastfeeding Classes - Taught by our lactation staff, this class provides information on breast changes, breastfeeding after delivery, nursing at home, and how to handle potential problems that may develop while nursing.
  • Infant Massage - A class focusing on massage techniques for newborns and infants to aid in baby's growth and development, ease colic, and relieve insomnia.
  • Teen Prepared Childbirth – One class targeted for the special needs of the teen having a baby and her support person.
  • Mommy and Me Support Group – This ongoing support group meets two times a month in the TGMC Women's Center Multipurpose Room. The support group offers support for new mothers and allows them to share their experiences and develop their parenting skills.

Just For Women

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In the gynecological unit of the Women’s Center, TGMC physicians perform a variety of both inpatient and outpatient procedures including four types of hysterectomies - abdominal, vaginal, laparoscopic assisted vaginal and total laparoscopic.

With 14 private rooms, five of which have courtyard access, patients can have same day surgeries and recover in the same unit. In addition, the center offers gynecological diagnostic laparoscopy, a tool used to diagnose many gynecological disorders such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids and other structural abnormalities like ovarian cysts and adhesions (scar tissue). Another specialized service available is the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), in which physicians remove part of the cervix in the event a woman has had an abnormal Pap smear.

The region’s first comprehensive diagnostic women’s and breast center provides testing such as traditional and digital mammography, bone densitometry and 4-D ultrasounds. Stereotactic needle biopsies may also be done here, to determine if a breast lesion is cancerous. Newly added to the arsenal of diagnostic procedures is a Breast Specific and Gamma Imaging (BSGI) scan or biopsy which injects radioactive material into the patients breast then is scanned with a special nuclear camera in order to investigate suspicious areas that were identified from a mammography.

All surgeries done at the Women’s Center are performed on the second floor. Five operating rooms are dedicated for women’s procedures, and private elevators allow patients to go directly into their surgery area, creating more privacy for both obstetrics and gynecology procedures.

The atmosphere is just incredible. Women are the focus. From both an emotional and psychological standpoint, the Women’s Center shows that we are sensitive to women’s needs – whether it’s obstetrics or gynecology.

The Women’s Center at TGMC offers the latest technology backed by the most experienced staff of doctors and nurses in the region. Whether a woman is being guided through her pregnancy, a diagnostic procedure or surgery, the Women’s Center provides a comprehensive approach to women’s health care, for every stage of a woman’s life.

For more information on the Women’s Center, call 985-873-4616.