We recommend you pack a bag several weeks prior to your delivery date. The following checklist includes items you may want to bring.
Please do not bring your medications. Do bring along a current list of medications and doses. Your physician will order any medications you may need. Essential items are indicated with an asterisk (*).
What to Bring:
- Driver’s license*
- Health insurance card*
- Infant car seat*—mandatory for discharge. Please familiarize yourself with installing the car seat by reading the instruction manual as well as your vehicle’s manual, and practice securing it in your car. Do not use head or neck supports unless they come with your car seat. We strongly encourage you to visit a car seat safety check prior to the delivery of your baby
- Birth plan
- Bed pillow(s) with a printed pillow case (so your pillow does not get mixed with the hospital pillows)
- Camera/phone and charging cords
- Baby book
- Toiletries for mom and support person
- Slippers, bathrobe, nightgown (We do provide gowns and disposable underwear)
- Supportive bra and breast pads (If breastfeeding, we discourage you from wearing underwire bras)
- Reading and writing materials—some women like to work on birth announcements during their stay
- Going home outfit—a safe bet is clothing you could wear when you were five months pregnant or more
- Take home outfit and blanket for baby
- Personal items to make you feel at home, such as pictures of kids or pets, a favorite book, etc.
- Appropriate night attire for support person (boxers, pajamas, etc.)
- Hair and body wash
- Baby diapers and soft wipes
- Sanitary pads
- Baby t-shirts and blankets for use during your stay
- Any medication you may need
The hospital cannot assume responsibility for personal belongings that are kept in your room. We urge you to leave valuables at home or send them home with a friend or family member. Upon discharge, please make sure you take all of your belongings with you.
- For your safety: All body jewelry must be removed to prevent the risk of staph infection at the piercing site. Earrings are permitted. Do not shave your genital area prior to admittance for delivery, as it may increase your risk of infection. Nail polish should be removed, and we ask that you refrain from wearing perfume, as it can be an irritant to staff and other patients.
- Smoking: Lancaster General Health is a tobacco-free organization. Tobacco use of any kind is prohibited anywhere on Women & Babies Hospital grounds.
- Cellular phones and electronics: Cellular phones are permitted in most areas, except triage, post-surgical recovery areas, and the NICU. Bluetooth devices and two-way radios are not permitted inside the hospital, as they can interfere with sensitive electronic equipment. Videotaping is prohibited during delivery.
Choosing Your Baby’s Doctor
Deciding on a pediatrician or family doctor for your baby is an important decision that should be made before your baby is born. Check with your obstetrician or other parents for recommendations, and find out which insurance plans are accepted at the practices you are considering. Find a provider at Lancaster General Health.
Obstetricians, family doctors, and midwives all deliver babies at Women & Babies Hospital. If your maternity provider has determined you are high-risk, we offer the services of a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (perinatologist). These highly trained physicians work hand-in-hand with your doctor or midwife.
When it’s time for your delivery, we provide patients with necessary care based on the birth plan they choose. Neonatologists, anesthesiologists, and obstetrical physicians are on site 24/7. If you have specific preferences regarding your birth experience, we encourage you to write them down in a birth plan and review them with your care provider prior to labor and delivery. Bring your birth plan with you when you come to the hospital and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes. If there is any reason to suspect that your baby will have special needs when it is delivered, we will ask a team from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to attend the delivery.
Learn about labor-and-delivery, post-delivery care and accommodations, and other helpful information about your stay
Safety is our Top Priority
At Women & Babies Hospital, we are committed to providing you and your family with an exceptional birthing experience. Our staff has the experience, training and equipment to handle every type of birth, with the safety and comfort of mom and baby as our top priority.
We take your family’s safety and security very seriously and provide 24-hour on-site security, supplemented by the latest in security technology and an identification badge process. Wrist bands are required to stay on your newborn at all times to properly identify your baby for treatment, medications, and any procedures that are necessary.
Upon admission, you may receive one or more wrist identification bands, which should not be removed until you are discharged from the hospital. The hospital uses bands for patient/parent identification and to communicate medical information to hospital staff. Color-coded bands are used as medical alert devices for specific conditions. To avoid confusion, do not wear charity bracelets or other bands on your wrist when you come to the hospital.
After your delivery, we provide infant medical screenings and, for babies who need it, the most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the county.
Discharge time is approximately 11 am. Women who deliver vaginally typically stay one to two days after giving birth. Women who deliver by cesarean section usually stay three to four days, barring any complications.
Before you and your baby are discharged, your nurse will review educational handouts with you, including a guide for when to call the doctor, instructions for follow-up visits, and other helpful information on caring for your baby.
You must be officially discharged by your doctor or midwife, and your baby must be discharged by the pediatrician before you can go home. Once you are discharged, we provide a wagon to help you transport your belongings to your car. One of our hospital volunteers will escort you to your car in a wheelchair. Families must have an infant car seat properly installed before leaving with their baby.