Regional Medical Center’s maternity care unit, Her Place, offers many of the comforts of home while maintaining a superior level of medical care. Her Place was designated as a Blue Distinction® Center+ by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina for expertise and efficiency in delivering maternity care. All maternity rooms are well equipped for labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care, while maintaining a private, cozy atmosphere. Mothers have the option of the baby rooming in or spending their first hours in our fully equipped newborn nursery. Prepared childbirth classes are offered to help guide expectant parents through the joys and realities of a new baby.
Women & Children Programs
Comprehensive, five-session course incorporating lecture, discussion and breathing exercises. For more information or to register for the next course, call 803-395-2819 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2819).
$50 (Registration required.)
Breastfeeding Support Telephone Line
For breastfeeding questions or concerns, call our lactation consultant at 803-395-2177 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2177). Leave a message, and the lactation consultant will return your call between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., seven days a week.
Breastfeeding Friends Support Group
For breastfeeding moms and their babies and pregnant women considering breastfeeding, this group will provide support, encouragement and a lactation consultant for questions. For more information or to register, call Donna Rhame at 803-395-2177 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2177) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE (Registration required.)
Car Safety Seat Checks
Be sure your child’s car seat is installed correctly, and your child is safely buckled in. For more information on the next Car Seat Safety Check, call Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties, 803-395-2822 (toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 2822).
While in the hospital you will be given a birth certificate worksheet from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). This worksheet is used to gather the information required for your baby's birth certificate and includes the question of whether or not you want the Regional Medical Center (RMC) to apply for your baby's Social Security number. Before you are discharged from the hospital, you will be visited by an RMC Health Information Management (medical records) employee who will answer any questions you may have and will also pick up the completed DHEC worksheet.
The Regional Medical Center cannot issue birth certificates. You may obtain the birth certificate from the Vital Records Office in person or by writing to:
|Long Form Only:
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
|Short Form Only:
Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 1126
Orangeburg, SC 29115
There is a $12 fee for the first copy and a $3 additional fee for each extra copy requested the same time.
If you wish to obtain the birth certificate through the mail, please submit a written request with money order (no checks accepted) and include the following information:
- Name of Child
- Date of child's birth
- Mother's maiden name
- Father's name (if mother is married or if Paternity Acknowledgement was completed)
- Current mailing address
- Signature of mother or father requesting the certificate and date of signature
You may also obtain the birth certificate application by visiting www.scdhec.gov
(go to Vital Records and then click on “Birth Certificate”).
The Vital Records Office staff asks that you wait two to three weeks after your baby's birth before requesting the birth certificate. It is very important to purchase your child's birth certificate before his/her first birthday.
If you have questions, please contact the State Vital Records Office at 803-898-3630.
Links to other resources and information:
- Her Place is a partner with Text4baby, which offers FREE messages on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and baby's first year. Signing up is easy! Text BABY (BEBE in Spanish) to 511411 or click here. Women receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. The messages address topics such as labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety, and more. Text STOP to discontinue messages or HELP for help at any time.
- Paternity Establishment/Paternity Testing (DSS Link)
- What are the benefits of establishing paternity?
Both parents and the child have the right to a full parent-child relationship. Both parents deserve an opportunity to develop, enjoy and grow in this relationship. The father has the right to know the child and to contribute to the success of the child's future. The greatest statistical indicator of whether or not an unmarried dad will be involved in his child’s life is whether or not he establishes paternity.
- What do I need to take to the hospital to establish paternity for my child?
An unmarried mother and father must show valid, government-issued, picture identification (passport, driver's license, state identification card) in order to sign the Affidavit of Paternity. Expired identification is not acceptable. A state identification card can be obtained at a local Motor Vehicles Office for a small fee.
- Matricula Consular?
Need a Matricula Consular id card to establish paternity of your child born in the United States? Mexican citizens wanting to obtain a Matricular Consular need to complete the application in person. Contact the Consulate of Mexico, Raleigh, NC, at 919.754.0046, in Charlotte, NC, at 704.394.2190, or in Atlanta, GA, at (404) 266-2233.
Video Link: Paternity Establishment (SCPOP Parent Video)
- Obstetrics/Gynecology Physicians at the Regional Medical Center
- Pediatric Hospitalists
Pediatric Hospitalists are highly trained, board-certified, pediatric clinicians who specialize in providing 24-hour, in-hospital care for pediatric patients who require hospitalization. Pediatric Hospitalists also attend deliveries and provide newborn care.
- Online Preregistration
- Community Calendar and Publications
Our community calendar is a listing of information on upcoming events, women & children programs, educational services, support groups and other community outreach offerings.
- Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties
The mission on the Regional Medical Center’s nationally award-winning Safe Kids program is to decrease accidental injury to children including all safety issues related to children with emphasis on child safety seats and bicycle, gun, poison and water education.
- Breast Health Center
Accredited by the American College of Radiology, our Breast Health Center offers comprehensive services including digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsies, breast ultrasounds and bone density tests.