Labor & Delivery Birth Plan & What to Bring

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. 

Birthing Plans and Options

If this is your first delivery at Stephens County Hospital Women’s Center, you may have a few questions. We have included some information that you may find helpful. If you would like to schedule a private tour of the Women’s Center unit please call 706-282-4116. 

Planned cesarean (c-section) 

Planned cesarean or C-sections have the option of seeing the entire process through a birthing trend called family-centered cesarean. 

If this is your first delivery at Stephens County Hospital, you may have a few questions. We have included some information that you may find helpful. If you would like to schedule a private tour of the Maternal Services unit please call 706-282-4116. 

Arriving at Toccoa Labor and Delivery Unit

When you arriving in labor or for induction or triage assessment, you will need to register:
  • 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Outpatient Registration
  • 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. – E.R. Registration

Dr. McKinney, Dr. Castro-Poveda, or our Midwife Amy Ledford will take care of you during your stay. Your baby will have his or her own doctor, a pediatrician, that will see him or her during their stay.

  • The Doctor or the Midwife on call will deliver your baby
  • The Pediatrician on call will care for your baby
  • You may have three support people in the delivery room when you are giving birth
  • Your baby will be able to stay in your room with you provided there are no complications


What to Bring: Helpful Checklist for Delivery

  • Ask your health care professional when you are to come to the hospital or what you should do if you think you are in labor
  • Schedule childbirth classes or a tour between 30-36 weeks in your pregnancy. Call 706-282-5860 to schedule a class.
  • Install your baby’s car seat and know how to secure your baby in the seat. 
  • Map out your route to the hospital
  • Pack a bag for you and your baby
  • Select your support people (up to 3) to be with you during  your labor
  • Choose your pediatrician and write down their contact info. You may choose to meet with them in their office before delivery.

What to Bring with Your to the Hospital

Some suggestions on what to pack for you and baby include: 
While in labor: 


  • If applicable: Health Insurance card, picture ID, and any hospital paperwork provided by your Doctor’s office
  • Birth Care Plan
  • Any medications you take at home
  • Camera, video camera, phone
  • Snacks for support person(s), money for vending machines
  • Massage tools and massage oils (because of fire codes, candles or incense cannot be used)
  • Robe, slippers for walking
  • Hair ties/clips, chapstick, lotion
  • Favorite music
  • Focal point (like small stuffed animal or photograph)
  • A small bag for the support person including comfortable clothes, phone chargers, toiletries. 

After delivery:

  • Pediatrician’s name and phone number that you will use to follow up with after you are discharged
  • Infant car seat
  • Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes or pajamas (or use ours)
  • Bra or Nursing bra
  • Cosmetics and toiletries (we provide toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, comb, and deodorant if needed). You may choose to bring underwear and pads or use ours.
  • Baby book for footprints
  • Going home outfits for you and baby
  • Baby blankets, infant shirts, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, bottles, baby shampoo, and lotion are all provided.
  • Leave valuables and any significant amount of money at home (including jewelry).

After the Birth:

  • Nightgown / PJs
  • Nursing bra or sports bra (if not breastfeeding)
  • Personal Care items (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • An outfit for the baby and blanket
  • Loose-fitting clothes to wear home
  • Health Insurance / Medicaid Card
  • Money for vending machines
  • Favorite snacks (there is a small refrigerator in your room)
  • An infant car seat that has a five-point harness restraint