Dr. Claude Tolbert, OB/GYN | February 2017
Lynn Norton, OB/GYN Doctor, Women’s Pavilion
For Dr. Lynn Norton, health care is a family affair.
“My dad was a doctor, and as long as I can remember I wanted to be a doctor,” she says. “I got accepted into medical school out of high school, but I didn’t know I wanted to do OB. It wasn’t until I had experienced that rotation as a medical student that I realized how much joy it brought me.”
At the Women’s Pavilion, Dr. Norton feels privileged to meet the needs and expectations of patients and guide them through some of their most important medical decisions.
“We have a vision of providing first-class obstetrical care and gynecologic care to the surrounding areas,” she says.
Dr. Norton aims to provide the healthiest possible future for mothers and their babies and the Women’s Pavilion has given her a steady foundation in which to make this a reality.
“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the community and from our patients that felt that they’ve gotten excellent care here, and they’ve been really excited and pleased with the services,” she says.
Dr. Norton makes a special point to connect with her patients so that they know she’s listening and caring every step of the way.
“My hope and my strong belief is that whomever is on the team the patient has the opportunity to work with, it will be a real positive experience,” she says. “I feel that we all offer that same quality of care and that same dedication and excitement to be a part of someone’s birth.”
Dr. Norton understands that good communication is necessary for patients and their families as she helps navigate them through this incredibly powerful experience.
“Everyone wants to have a safe delivery, and that’s certainly something that we feel very confident that we can provide,” she says. “If we have a certain desire for a type of labor, a type of pain relief or a type of delivery, we want the patient’s needs to be listened to and appreciated, and for a unique birth experience to be just for that person. The entire team here is really focused on individualized care.
“You hope that the miracle of birth never stops being a miracle. I really feel that this is so energizing, to have this whole group of people who are dedicated to appreciating that miracle and being safe, nurturing and positive.”
One mother-to-be finds a strong connection at Coastal Carolina Hospital
Tara Bloom, patient, Women’s Pavilion
As Tara Bloom prepared for the birth of her first child last year, she chose the Women’s Pavilion at Coastal Carolina Hospital to ensure a comfortable delivery.
“My experience was phenomenal!” says Tara. “With this being my first pregnancy I knew I wanted to see the doctors at Riverside Women’s Care. They deliver at Coastal Carolina Hospital, so I followed them there.”
Tara attended a breastfeeding class and worked with a lactation consultant who could help prepare her to provide ideal nutrition for her new arrival. Promoting mother-baby bonding is part of the holistic approach in the Women’s Pavilion.
“We took an all-day parent education class at the hospital which included a prenatal breastfeeding class,” she says. “We also had an excellent lactation consultant, Wendy, who worked with us and regularly checked in. She gave us a few different ways to get in contact with her in the event we needed her after being discharged.”
Encouraged by the strong connection she felt with her doctors and nurses, Tara was at ease when her son, Cooper, arrived last September, “It was a bit overwhelming at first. Then, shortly after, a feeling comes over you and you wonder how you could live without this little bundle of love. I never wanted to stop holding him from that moment on.” The new mom wants to spread the word about Coastal Carolina and its supportive environment.
“The quality of care exceeded all expectations,” says Tara, “I recommend Coastal Carolina Hospital’s Women’s Pavilion every chance I get!”
Stephanie Lee, patient, Women’s Pavilion
As Stephanie Lee prepared for the birth of her first child last year, she chose the Women’s Pavilion at Coastal Carolina Hospital to ensure a safe and healthy delivery.
“My experience was just extraordinary from the nursing staff to the doctors and food and nutrition. Every person that came into my room was just so welcoming,” she says. “Everyone took the time to give me some great sound advice. Even after I left here, I was able to call someone and come back and visit to get some additional help too.”
Stephanie attended a breastfeeding class and worked with a lactation consultant who could help prepare her to provide ideal nutrition for her impending arrival. Promoting mother-baby bonding is part of the holistic approach in the Women’s Pavilion.
"The nurses were very hands-on with me and very encouraging,” she says. “It was very good to have that knowledge before actually putting it into practice. It was extraordinary care that we got here and they continued to help us with the breastfeeding after we were gone.”
Heartened by the strong connection she felt with her doctors and nurses, Stephanie was completely at ease when daughter Heyward arrived last August. The new mom wants to spread the word about Coastal Carolina and its affirming environment.
“I love telling people my story,” she says. “I had a great staff to support and encourage me. The Women’s Pavilion at Coastal Carolina is great and the rooms are truly spa-like.
“I can’t imagine having another child anywhere else."
Healthy Living - Jami Cuff, NP
Lynn Norton, M.D., an OB/Gyn at Coastal Carolina Hospital, was featured in the July issue of Lady Lowcounty. See her profile on page 21!