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The Women's Health Center

Women’s Health Center at TGMC provides comprehensive compassionate care for women of all ages, often serving multiple generations of women from the same family. Many of the long-term relationships we have with patients begin on the first day of their lives. Babies born into the Women’s Health Center are welcomed in a warm, personalized family-centered approach in our internationally designated Baby Friendly facility. The creation of our Women’s Health Center was the culmination of extensive research and visits to similar facilities in search of the most state-of-the-art technology and practices. We offer advanced obstetric and gynecological care, including preventative health screenings. In addition to our strong focus on preventative measures, the Women’s Imaging and Breast Center provides the most extensive testing in the region, ensuring highly accurate diagnoses and treatment solutions for our patients. Whether we’ve known you since birth or it’s your first time visiting the Women’s Health Center, we look forward to serving your needs soon.

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Pampering at Every Stage of Life

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 Health Center at Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC), where healthcare is tailor-made for women at every stage of life. The Women’s Health Center is a comprehensive healthcare 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 healthcare facilities. Overall, the Women’s Health 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

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

TGMC’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.

Your 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

At 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"  and 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.

Gynecology

Just for Women

In the gynecological unit of the Women’s Health 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.

All surgeries done at the Women’s Health 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 Health Center shows that we are sensitive to women’s needs – whether it’s obstetrics or gynecology.

The Women’s Health 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 Health Center provides a comprehensive approach to women’s healthcare, for every stage of a woman’s life.

For more information on the Women’s Health Center, call 985-850-7171.

Level III NICU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) has been granted NICU- Level III status by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.  The NICU Level III designation will allow the physicians and staff of the TGMC neonatal intensive care unit to care for pre-mature infants of all gestational ages who required advanced respiratory support and who do not need surgical intervention to remain at TGMC for their neonatal care instead of having to be transported to another facility for care. 

As skilled neonatal providers, we offer your baby the quality of a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in our Women’s Health Center. With a Level III NICU, TGMC is able to care for babies born prematurely or those requiring focused care resulting from complications during the newborn period. A board-certified neonatologist and pediatrician service the Level III NICU, along with a team of nurse practitioners and nurses. Our patients can now receive the highest level of care available close to home. 

Wellness and Prevention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TGMC’s Women’s Imaging and Breast Center is focused on patient comfort: the welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and the cotton robes that replace paper or cloth exam gowns. But the mission here is bigger, to care for the whole patient.

The center offers bone densitometry scans, digital mammography, core breast biopsies, Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), breast needle localizations, ultrasound and an array of mammography and other breast imaging techniques. The Women’s Imaging and Breast Center will be the first facility to offer BSGI technology in the Tri-Parish and New Orleans regions. All of this technology is located on the first floor of the Women’s Center with its own waiting room, dressing room and exam rooms.

The Women’s Imaging and Breast Center is recognized as the first comprehensive breast care center in the region. The center is certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Mammogram Quality Standards Act (MQSA), but that’s not why the people who work there are most proud of it. For them, it’s all about the patients.

Mammography

A mammogram is a low dose x-ray used to detect breast cancer. The breast is compressed using paddles so a technologist can get a picture of all of the tissue. The picture can show abnormal cells or other signs of cancer. TGMC uses digital mammography in which the images are immediately saved on a computer as digital images instead of being printed on film.

The benefits of digital mammography include:

  • A greater contrast for better detection of lesions
  • Faster procedure times
  • Allows the technologist to enlarge an area in question
  • Allows the images to be sent electronically

 In order to make this procedure as comfortable as possible, TGMC has invested in a product called the “mammopad.” The mammopad is a foam cushion placed between the patient’s breast and the compression paddle of the mammography unit. Not only does it make the machine feel warmer, it allows the technologist to better position the breast tissue for a better picture.

When should you have a mammogram?

Obviously speed in diagnosing cancer helps catch it in time for successful treatment. Mammograms are a critical tool in the early detection of breast cancer, so TGMC’s radiology staff thinks it is important to do what they can to get women in the center for their exams.

Women older than 40 should have a mammogram performed every year. Once a patient visits TGMC’s Woman’s Imaging and Breast Center she will receive a result letter. Reminder cards are also mailed prompting patients to schedule their annual mammogram.

Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI)

If the radiologist identifies an area of concern from the mammogram, the patient may need to return for additional mammography images, a breast ultrasound, a BSGI scan or a biopsy.

In BSGI a patient is injected with a radioactive material and her breasts scanned using a special nuclear camera. This technology will act as a powerful follow-up tool in cases where a mammogram has highlighted a suspicious mass. It can also be used for women with dense breast tissue or multiple areas of calcification. In some cases, using BSGI can eliminate or confirm the need for biopsy.

Other Types of Biopsies

TGMC offers a few different options for a biopsy. Needle localization is a type of biopsy in which the radiologist inserts a needle into the suspicious area. The patient is then taken to surgery in order for her surgeon to remove the questionable area.

Another type of biopsy is a core biopsy. In this case the radiologist and surgeon have determined the suspicious area may be removed without surgery. This entire procedure is done within the Women’s Imaging and Breast Center. There is no anesthesia involved, so the patient may leave right after the procedure.

TGMC also offers ultrasound guided biopsy and stereotactic biopsy. A stereotactic-guided biopsy and/or needle localization is a procedure using a digital stereotactic mammo machine, which takes two-dimensional images of the breast tissue in question. It then calculates exactly where the radiologist or surgeon should insert the biopsy needle to get the best sample of tissue for review.

People usually associate ultrasounds with pregnancy, but they can also be used to help with a breast tissue biopsy. TGMC has an ultrasound technologist who is certified in breast ultrasonography and is one of only 66 certified in the state.

Ultrasound

TGMC’s ultrasound machine is not just used for breast care. It can take 3-dimentional images for a good look at any suspicious area in a woman’s body. Ultrasounds can be used to scan the pelvis, thyroid or other parts of the body to look for abnormalities.

These cutting edge imaging machines can give you a picture of a developing baby or help doctors diagnose cysts and tumors with incredible accuracy.

Bone Density

While at the Imaging Center a woman can also have her bone mineral density measured. A bone densitometer can tell if a patient has enough calcium in her bones. This will help diagnose osteoporosis, a disease that can lead to brittle bones and dangerous fractures in older women. A bone density test is a painless procedure, much like an x-ray and takes only a few minutes.

The procedure consists of a patient lying on a padded table. The lumbar spine and both hips are scanned with x-rays for a total of 10 to 15 minutes. The test uses special x-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other minerals are packed into a segment or portion of the bone.

Women older than 65, with a family history of osteoporosis and with some medical conditions should have the test. Many women choose to have a mammogram and bone density scan done during the same visit.

Contact Us

Appointments are available through primary care doctors or calling TGMC at (985) 850-6052. There is a soft cotton robe waiting just for you.

Virtual Nursery

    

TGMC provides an on-line nursery program in partnership with Charley's Angels, that allows families to share the exciting news of the arrival of their newborn with family and friends.

New parents can choose from a wide variety of creative photos, announcements and birth related products. Within 24 hours of receipt of the family's order, they receive their babies photo on the internet free of charge. Family and friends of the parents can see the new baby after being provided a secure and private access code by the parents. While viewing the baby photos, parents can display a greeting to the visitors and visitors can offer their written congratulations back to the baby and parents.

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985-873-4141