Before You Arrive
Getting ready for delivery is an exciting time. During your routine prenatal visits, discuss your desired birth plan with your care provider.
To familiarize yourself with The Birth Center, consider touring the maternity area ahead of time during our monthly Talk and Tour. For brother- or sister-to-be, we offer a monthly Siblings Class. About five to six months before your due date, call The Birth Center to register for Childbirth Classes with an experienced OB nurse/childbirth educator.
You will want to register yourself at the Admitting Office prior to your due date so you need only check in for any outpatient tests and when you arrive in labor.
Several weeks before your baby is due, you may want to pack a small suitcase with these items:
- Nursing bra (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Robe and slippers
- Insurance card
- Personal grooming items (shampoo, hairbrush, makeup, etc.)
- Music CDs or DVDs; laptop or iPad
- For your baby:
- Car seat (required to leave hospital)
- Going home outfit
When You Arrive
The closest entry to The Birth Center is the south entrance of the hospital. It is a good idea if you can notify your provider and The Birth Center before you arrive so we can prepare for your arrival. Note that the doors to The Birth Center are alarmed and locked 24/7 for the safety of patients. Press call button on the intercom to the right of the Birth Center doors to request entry.
The Birth Center Experience
The spacious, private birthing suites in The Birth Center provide a homelike atmosphere where expectant moms can share the birthing experience with their loved ones. Maintaining this feel, supplies and equipment are kept relatively out of sight while being next to the delivery bed where a nurse will monitor you and your baby’s progress carefully.
If you have chosen a special method of childbirth preparation, the nursing staff will be supportive of your request while keeping in mind your own health and the safety of the baby.
Caring for Parents and Baby After Delivery
Parents and baby will be joined after the baby’s condition is considered stable. In most cases, parents have the opportunity to initiate skin to skin contact with their baby immediately after birth.
The new mom will be moved shortly after the birth to a private postpartum room to rest and relax for the remainder of her stay. It’s there that you will be offered a complimentary massage from one of our massage therapists. Hospital meals are served three times a day, and our Cuisine-on-Call menu is also available.
We encourage new parents to get as much rest as possible during their stay. A daybed is available for dad or a support person. Please ask your nurse or call the Birth Center for current visitation policy.
Before You Go Home
Our nurses and lactation consultants will provide you with instructions on:
- Nutrition and care of your newborn and yourself
- Bathing your newborn
- What to expect after delivery
Our nurses will schedule a postpartum visit typically 1-3 days after your release date from the hospital. We encourage parents to call The Birth Center with any concerns you may experience after you are home. We also encourage participation in the weekly Mother/Baby Support Group
. Gather with other new and seasoned moms along with one of The Birth Center nurses to ask questions and find comfort with all the new changes in your life.
For additional postpartum information, visit our Postpartum Groups and Resources