Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

Follow the links below to learn what to bring to the hospital, what to expect during and after delivery.
 

What to Bring

You should prepare an overnight bag three weeks prior to your due date. That way, you'll be sure to have everything you and your baby needs while in the hospital.

The following list is designed to help with your packing:

  • Bathrobe
  • Flat slippers or flip flops
  • Two or three outfits, perhaps with a front opening for breastfeeding
  • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shower cap, deodorant, hair care supplies, a compact and cosmetics
  • One or two bras: a supportive, tight bra if bottle feeding, or two nursing bras and nursing pads if breastfeeding
  • Pillows from home
  • Important phone numbers
  • Birth announcements or stationary, if desired, plus pen, stamps and addresses
  • A watch with a second hand
  • Camera with fresh batteries or cell phone with camera
  • Insurance card or information/ID/form of payment if required by your insurance
  • Loose fitting “going home” clothes for you
  • “Going home” clothes for baby (including blanket)
  • Reading material
  • Infant car seat – base installed
  • Information for SC birth certificate
  • Prearrange for breast pump rental
What to Expect 
  • To register for any of our Expectant Family Programs call our HealthLine, (843) 402-CARE or (800) 863-2273 or register online. Whether you plan to take several classes or would just like to tour the maternity suites, it is a good idea to call early (three months prior to your due date) for reservations as the classes fill quickly.
     
  • Plan ahead to have a pediatrician available to care for your baby both while in the hospital as well as after you go home. If you need assistance in choosing a pediatrician, contact our HealthLine for a free physician referral, (843) 402-CARE or (800) 863-CARE.
     
  • Included in your information packet is a sample South Carolina birth certificate worksheet that you will be asked to complete while in the hospital. You may want to review this information prior to entering the hospital, and bring the following information with you in order to complete the birth certificate worksheet:
    • Child’s name
    • Mother’s name
    • Mother’s maiden surname
    • Mother’s social security number
    • Mother’s date of birth
    • Mother’s birth place
    • Mother’s race
    • Mother’s Hispanic origin
    • Mother’s residence
    • Mother’s mailing address if different from residence
    • Mother’s education
    • Father’s name
    • Father’s date of birth
    • Father’s birthplace
    • Father’s social security number
    • Father’s race
    • Father’s Hispanic origin
    • Father’s education
    • Unexpired government issued ID (for example, driver’s license, passport, etc.) for both parents
  • The purchase of an approved car safety seat should be included on your preparation list. Prior to the onset of labor, you should equip your automobile with this car seat. Practice installing the car seat properly before baby comes.
     
  • Remember to call your health insurance company and enroll your baby for medical coverage.
     
  • Prepare an overnight bag three weeks prior to your due date.
     
During Delivery - It's Time!

It's the moment you've been waiting for! Remain calm and call your doctor or certified nurse midwife immediately. They will assess your progression in labor and inform you of the best time to arrive at the hospital. Your doctor will call the hospital to announce your pending arrival. We will then prepare to admit you as a patient.
 

Where to Go: 

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital 
Birth Suites 
Located at the Women's Center on the West side of the hospital (pink building). 
Parking is available adjacent to this entrance.   

Mount Pleasant Hospital
Located at the Women's Center on the second floor of the hospital
Parking is available adjacent to this entrance or in the Medical Office Building parking lot

Upon arrival on the OB unit, you will be escorted to one of our birth suites. Family members and friends can enjoy the comfort of our waiting room or outside courtyard while you are in labor.

Our birthing suites combine the latest technology with a soothing, home-like atmosphere. All of our maternity patient rooms are private and furnished with special comforts such as birthing beds, private baths or showers, rocking chairs, TVs and sleeper chairs. Specially trained doctors and nurses provide the care you and your baby need. Your little one can stay with you as much as you like, as we encourage rooming in to promote bonding with your baby.

The staff of the birthing suites is specially trained in all aspects of support to laboring women. Nurses provide support for you and your partner in all types of labors from unmedicated childbirth (Bradley or Lamaze methods), to active management with epidural anesthesia. Our staff of anesthesia specialists provide on-site coverage for epidurals for labor as well as regional or general anesthesia should you require a cesarean section. If this becomes necessary, cesarean sections are performed within the birthing units and most times your partner can remain with you throughout the birth. Our specially trained nursery nurses attend all of our deliveries to assure your baby has a healthy start in life.
 

After Delivery

Rest and nutrition are important!

While you are in the hospital, a specially designed menu suited for new mothers who have special nutritional needs as a result of childbirth and nursing is available. Special food selections are also available at any time of day during your stay.

When you are breastfeeding or recovering from delivery or surgery, do not diet. Healthy eating will help your body heal and provide nutrition to your baby. If you have questions or concerns, contact your doctor or a dietitian.

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