Preparing for Delivery
Tour the Family Birthing Center, meet our highly-trained staff, see our delivery and postpartum rooms and have the opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming birth of your baby. If you are taking our Expanded Childbirth Classes, a tour is included. The tour is limited to you and one guest. Children are not permitted on the maternity tour. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, and tours will begin promptly at the scheduled time. If you're unable to be there by the announced start time, we will be happy to reschedule your tour for a later date.
What to Bring for Your Hospital Stay
UM Charles Regional Medical Center prides itself on having all private patient rooms, including the Birthing Center and postpartum rooms. To make your experience as easy as possible, here is a helpful reminder of what to bring for your hospital stay.
- A bathrobe, nightgown, and slippers.
- Hair band and lip moisturizer.
- Something to read or game to play.
- An extra pillow, lotion, whatever you need to help you relax.
- A nursing bra, breast pads, and maternity underwear.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, etc.
- Important phone numbers for those you will want to call to give them the good news.
- An outfit to wear home.
- Bring something roomy and easy to get into.
For Your Partner
- A change of clothes.
- A camera and film to document the big event.
- Something to read during the early stages.
- Basic toiletries.
- Snacks or change for the vending machines.
For Your Baby
- An infant car seat — installed in car.
- A going home outfit.
- A receiving blanket (heavier one if weather is cold).
- A pair of socks or booties.
- Baby book, if desired.
When You Arrive
If you believe that you are in labor, please contact your physician first. They will tell you what to do next.
It is time to go to the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital go directly to the Birthing Center on the first floor. We will assess your condition and get you into a birthing suite when necessary. If arriving after 8:00 pm, enter through Emergency Department and then proceed to the Birthing Center.
You will not need to stop at Admitting, the information for registration will be sent from the Birthing Center. Please fill out and send in or drop off the Pre-registration form that is available at your doctor's office or the hospital.
The Birth Suite
Our Birthing Center includes four private Birth Suites, which allow for you and your baby to stay in one place for labor, delivery, and initial recovery. All Birth Suites include:
- A private bathroom with shower.
- Rocking chair.
- Sleep chair for partner.
- A bed that can accommodate many birthing positions.
High Risk Pregnancies and Deliveries
When you have your baby at UM Charles Regional Medical Center, you have the benefit of our dedicated and highly trained physicians and nurses — professionals skilled in all aspects of labor, delivery and newborn care. Most women do not have complications with labor and delivery. If the need for special attention arises, The Birthing Center is prepared to handle both low- and high-risk deliveries and has its own operating room to perform Cesarean sections. We have experience in multiple births, and in providing care to moms who have babies later in life as well as managing other "high-risk" factors. Pediatricians are present 24 hours a day.
Once Your Baby is Born
Mother and baby are monitored following the delivery. Matching identification bands are provided to mom, baby and support person. For safety reasons, these bands are not transferable. You will wear your band until discharge.
Following delivery, mom and baby are moved to the Mother/Baby Unit on One East. You will have a nurse assigned to you who will care for both mom and baby. Our nurses monitor your vital signs and provide you with medications and comfort items needed as you recover. General assistance and teaching are provided to help you care for your newborn. Breastfeeding assistance is available should you need extra help.