While You are Here - Obstetrics and Birthing Center

Visiting Hours

  • Visitors need to ring the doorbell in both the Birthing Center and 1 East in order to gain admission.
  • All visitors must be able to identify the patient by their full name prior to entering the unit and must sign in at the desk.
  • Up to (3) people shall be permitted to visit a laboring patient in the Birthing Center.
  • Visitation during delivery may be limited. After delivery, there may be unlimited visitation at the discretion of the patient and nursing staff.
  • Visitation on 1 East is according to patient preference, and at the discretion of the nursing staff.
  • On 1 East the designated support person (wearing the matching identification band) will have unrestricted visitation rights 24 hours a day. If the support person is not the significant other, they must be at least 18 years of age.

Please note that visiting hour guidelines may be altered during flu season and at the discretion of the Nurse Manager.

Meals

Meals are served approximately 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Guest trays are available for purchase for fathers or other support persons. Payments must be made in advance at the front desk. The cafeteria is located on the ground floor of the Medical Center. Hours of service are: Breakfast is 8:00-10:00 a.m., lunch is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and dinner is 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Prior to discharge, mom and her significant other may enjoy a Candlelight Dinner. Menus are available upon request. Your special meal will be served in your room while the nurses and staff attend to baby.

Birth Certificates

You will receive a birth certificate worksheet to fill out. Please complete the worksheet prior to leaving the hospital. A formal copy will be made from this worksheet and filed by the state. If the parents of the baby are not married at the time of the birth, an affidavit of parentage is available for the father to also complete. You will receive both the Verification of Birth and your baby's social security card at home in the mail.

Baby Photos

Because your friends and family will want to see your baby, our auxiliary volunteers will be available to take your baby's first photos. Pictures may be purchased and/or posted on UM Charles Regional's website. A brochure is available in your room that explains picture packages. Payment and consent are needed at the time of the photograph. We recommend that pictures be taken prior to discharge once baby is dressed in its going home outfit. Parents may make arrangements for the photo to be taken at another time if more convenient.

Going Home

Because each birth experience is different, some patients stay longer in the hospital than other patients. Most vaginal deliveries go home in 24-48 hours. Cesarean deliveries typically require a 72-hour stay. Parents are allowed to stay with infants who may require longer care. Please remember to bring your infant car seat, installed correctly, so that your baby may travel home safely.