Women's Health Care
At Indian River Memorial Hospital
Focus on Women
Women face many special challenges and changes
with their health throughout their lives, with different needs that
deserve specialized care.
At Indian River Memorial Hospital, we recognize
your needs and offer the kind of personal care that can mean a difference
to your health and happiness.
Many of our programs and services have been
designed by women, and include the input of physicians, nurses,
therapists or counselors, women in our community, and women from
our hospital staff. At Indian River Memorial Hospital, you’ll
find these programs dedicated to women’s health:
If you need help finding an Obstetrician
or Gynecologist, call our free Physician Referral service at (772)
563-IRMH (4764). We'll be happy to help you find a doctor on our
staff who meets your needs, and provide you with his or her educational
background, and board certification. Please look under "Medical
Information" on this site for a complete listing of IRMH physicians
by last name or specialty. Current printed rosters are available
in the front lobby.
We encourage women to ask their doctors about mammography
since early detection has been shown to be a lifesaver in many cases
of breast cancer. Mammography services at Indian River Memorial
Hospital are accredited by the American College of Radiology and
the Federal Drug Administration, which means that the hospital uses
board certified physicians and technologists for each procedure.
We also utilize approved equipment to produce the highest quality
image with the lowest level of exposure to the patient, and adhere
to high standards of film production and exposure.
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The American Cancer Society has developed
the following guidelines for detection of breast cancer in women:
- Women 20 years and older should perform
breast self-examinations monthly.
- Women between the ages of 20 and 40 should
have a breast examination by a physician every three years.
- Women between 40 and 49 should have an
examination of the breast annually and a mammogram every one to
- Women over 50 should have a mammogram
Mammograms that reveal abnormalities of the
breasts are often benign and reveal no health risk, but to ensure
the safety of your health, a breast biopsy may be conducted. We
offer two types of testing procedures for breast cancer: surgical
and non-surgical. A non-surgical breast biopsy, an alternative to
invasive surgery, is used to check for non-cancerous and cancerous
lumps. Stereotactic large-core breast biopsy unit, Mammotest, is
available at Indian River Memorial Hospital. Our Mammotest unit
is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, the first
accredited large-core breast biopsy unit on the Space and Treasure
Coasts. A large-core breast biopsy is often less costly, less painful,
and requires less recovery than a surgical biopsy. For more information
on non-surgical biopsies for breast cancer.
Education and Wellness
We sponsor health lectures monthly with many
topics focusing on women’s health. Issues such as heart disease,
thyroid disease, weight control and maintenance, stress management
and reproduction are discussed and explained at the health lectures.
All Begins With A Dream
At Indian River Memorial Hospital, we're honored to share in the
dreams of each of our parents. As your only community, not-for-profit
hospital in Indian River County, we're proud of our history of caring.
Since 1932, we've delivered over 35,000 babies and cared for thousands
Dreams of Home
Our maternity wing features beautiful birthing rooms for labor,
delivery and recovery all in the comfort of a single private room.
Each room features the comforts of home like a private bathroom,
whirlpool bath, rocking chair, recliner, videocassette player
You'll also find the safety only a hospital can provide from our
fetal monitoring systems to our quick response staff. Following
delivery, you'll spend the remainder of your stay in a private room
on the postpartum unit.
We've combined comfort with the medical expertise and technology
you and your baby deserve. With board certified obstetricians, you
have a choice of a physician who best meets your unique needs. If
you prefer, a certified nurse midwife will guide you through the
birth process. We are the only hospital in Indian River County to
offer this alternative.
The IRMH Birthing
If your family is growing on a budget, IRMH offers a special pricing
package through Partners in Women's Health located at the Indian
River Medical Center. A flat fee covers prenatal care by your obstetrician
or midwife at Partners in Women's Health, childbirth education classes
and hospital charges for a normal delivery of your healthy baby.
Preparing For Your
The Women's Health Care Unit reflects our commitment to family education.
Our philosophy stresses the importance of learning all that you
can about the wonders of the birth experience and what to expect
after you bring your new baby home. During and after your pregnancy,
classes are available in childbirth preparation for parents and
siblings, baby basics, breast feeding and more.
Home When You're
Not all women are alike--that's why we deliver personalized care.
We allow you to go home from the hospital when you and your physician
agree that you're ready. And rest assured that if your baby needs
to stay an extra day, space permitting, you can enjoy the comforts
of IRMH as our guest.
While we take care of you and your family.
your questions or to arrange for a private tour. See for yourself
how we can bring your dreams to life.
The mission of the women's healthcare staff, its obstetricians,
certified nurse midwives and pediatricians, is to provide quality,
cost effective, family centered care in a safe and supportive environment.