We all know that giving birth is not easy. Yet there are many ways to manage pain and ease anxiety during labor in order to ensure the best possible birthing experience. At Stephens County Hospital, we encourage you to share your wishes with us so that we can accommodate your birthing plans and choices for a truly special experience.
What To Bring To The Hospital
(Choose Any You Might Need For Labor. Bring This Bag To Labor And Delivery.)
- Spray bottle for misting your face
- 1-2 pillows (bright colored pillowcase)
- Lip balm (Chapstick)
- Snack for support person
- Money for vending machines
- iPods, MP3 players, and CDplayers
- Massage tools and massage oils(because of fire codes, candles or incense cannot be used)
- Rice bag for moist, warm heat
- Warm socks for mom’s feet
- Camera, film, video camera
- Focal point (like a small stuffed animal or photograph)
- Birth Care Plan
- Robe, slippers for walking during labor
- Toothbrush and toothpaste for mom and support person
- Baby book for foot prints
- Hair ties/clips
- Hand-held fan
- Sweater/sweatshirt for support person. Room will be cool for mom’s comfort.
After The Birth Supplies:
- Nursing bra or Sports bra (if not breastfeeding)
- Personal Care Items (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
- An outfit for the baby and blanket
- Loose fitting clothing to wear home
- Health Insurance/Medicaid Card
- Money for vending machine
- Favorite snacks (there is a small refrigerator in your room)
- Infant car seat that has a five-point harness restraint
LABOR AND DELIVERY FAQs
A: If your provider’s office is sending you during regular business hours, then you will check-in at the Outpatient Registration Area beside of New Impressions Maternal-Child Unit at the back of the hospital. If you were to arrive after 5pm, then you will need to check-in through the Emergency Room. Our staff will arrive to bring you over to the OB area after you have been registered.
A: It is depending on the provider that you have chosen for your prenatal care. Both practices have Certified Nurse Midwives and OB Physicians. Whoever is on call for your chosen practice will be the provider that is here when your baby arrives. If you desire a particular provider, that will need to be arranged and discussed with your providers during an office visit. Sometimes, the OB Physicians from both practices will share call time on the weekends, therefore if a C-Section is necessary, you may have another practice’s OB provider performing the surgery. You will meet the on call provider who is caring for you prior to any surgery.
A: You will be allowed to have 3 people over the age of 12 in the delivery room with you. Those people will be banded on arrival. People are not allowed to swap out once active labor has begun. All visitation, other than your chosen support people, will be discontinued until after the delivery. We want to ensure that all of our moms-to-be get the proper rest and attention that they need during labor.
A: Yes!! We encourage all new moms to room-in with their newborns. There will be a few times during your stay that your baby will need to be taken to the Newborn Nursery, but will promptly be returned to you. However, if you need rest and request that your baby be taken to the Nursery so that you can nap, we will be happy to do so.
A: If you request that your baby not receive a pacifier or formula, we will abide by your desires. There is a pacifier in each newborn kit given on admission. If you do not want your infant to have a pacifier, please notify us and we will remove it from your newborn’s crib. Formula is only given to breastfed babies upon your request or if needed for medical intervention.
A: Our Pediatricians take turns on call. Whichever Pediatrician is on call at the time of your delivery, will be assigned to your newborn while you are here in the hospital. We will ask you which Pediatrician you plan to follow-up with and we will make an appointment for your baby prior to discharge from the hospital. If you are discharged on the weekend, we will give you an appointment card to call and schedule your baby’s appointment on the following Monday.