Grateful family thanks MRMC for childbirth care


It was an easy choice for Stephanie Hughes when she and her husband, Christopher, decided to use Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) to help with their journey during her second pregnancy.

The couple reside in Mt. Pleasant and have called southern Middle Tennessee home their whole lives. They experienced outstanding care with Andres Rodriguez, MD, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology with Maury Regional Medical Group (MRMG) OB-GYN, and his team during their first experience on MRMC’s childbirth floor, and they knew they would get the upmost care there again.

“I can only say positive things about the physicians and staff at Maury Regional Medical Center,” Stephanie said. “Dr. Rodriguez and his staff were very dedicated to ensuring the smoothest process with my pregnancy and delivery.”

The newest addition to the Hughes family, James Thomas, was born in January at MRMC via a planned caesarean section.

Stephanie experienced gestational hypertension that carried over from her first pregnancy. Having a team she trusted to help her through her pregnancy, birth and postpartum were essential to her.

“Everyone in our care, from the labor and delivery nurse to the anesthesiologist, to the individual caring for my newborn son, as well as my doctor, were very attentive, friendly and understood my special situation to ensure a smooth delivery,” she said. “The mother/baby nurses and staff also ensured my baby and I received the care we needed. I never once doubted our care with this group — they truly feel like family now.”

Stephanie, Christopher and James Hughes

Baby James now sees Andrew Nielsen, MD, a specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics with MRMG Primary Care and Pediatrics in Columbia.

Stephanie is thankful for the care she and James continue to receive. When having a strong health care team around her was of the upmost importance, she found it at MRMC.

“I am so grateful for everyone involved in the pregnancy and birthing process,” she said. “We are so thankful to have such a wonderful health system so close to us to take care of all of our needs.”

Maury Regional Medical Center has been recognized with a “BEST for Babies” award from the Tennessee Hospital Association four consecutive years. It also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Perinatal Care Certification.

The fourth floor of the medical center offers spacious suites where mothers can experience labor, delivery and recovery in comfort and privacy. The MRMC Mother/Baby Unit offers couplet care, allowing babies to room-in with their mothers to enhance the early bonding experience. A sleeper sofa is also available in each room for family or guests.

For newborns needing an enhanced level of care, MRMC offers a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the medical center’s childbirth floor. The NICU provides specialized care for newborns experiencing a wide variety of health conditions, such as prematurity, respiratory problems and infections. The NICU consists of state-of-the-art technology, with care provided by a multidisciplinary team of highly trained specialists.

There are nine physicians specializing in obstetrics and gynecology on the MRMC medical staff, as well as four physician specialists in neonatology. The medical center also offers 24-hour anesthesiology coverage and two fully equipped and staffed operating suites.

To learn more about childbirth services at MRMC, including its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), breastfeeding support, newborn care and expectant parent education, visit

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