All patients should consult with their physician about early labor signs and when the time is right to head to the hospital. In general, the time is right when contractions are:
- Too strong or painful to speak through
- Are consistently 4-5 minutes apart
- Last 45-60 seconds each
What to bring
When you plan for your hospital stay, here are a few things you may want to include:
- Insurance cards, Social Security number, photo ID
- Basic toiletry items
- Clothes for you to wear home
- Clothes for baby to wear home
- Car seat
- Baby blankets
- Any other items that would make your stay more
comfortable (pillow, fan, etc.)
The birth experience
Please let us know how we can provide you with the best birth experience possible. Several pain relief options are available to you, including epidurals, intravenous pain medications, as well as natural pain relief aids like whirlpool tubs and birthing balls. Your labor nurse and healthcare provider will help you through this process. We also welcome any other support people you choose to have involved in this memorable event. You and your baby will be monitored frequently throughout your labor and delivery to ensure a safe and healthy delivery.
After baby is born
- Enjoy skin-to-skin contact with your baby and, if you choose, begin breastfeeding.
- Request to meet with a certified Lactation Counselor.
- Give baby his/her first bath.
- Have baby’s photo taken and submit name for his/her online birth announcement on our website.
- Receive a Suite Beginnings tote bag filled with gifts for you and baby, as well as our “Caring Book” for new parents.