Preparing for the Big Day
The details of checking into a hospital to have a baby are very important. Here are some key points to remember.
There are several ways to pre-register. You may do so by mail (forms are available through your doctor’s office or prenatal classes), or you can visit the hospital’s maternity center at any time during your pregnancy. Then when you arrive at the hospital during labor, the final registration will be very quick to complete.
Typically, most women stay 48 hours after a vaginal birth and four days following a cesarean birth. You have the option of choosing early discharge after talking with your physician.
What to Pack
- Personal items: shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, bathrobe, slippers, pillows, nightgown, under-wear, extra sanitary pads, clothes to go home in.
- Infant items: weather-appropriate baby clothes and blankets for discharge.
- Federally approved, infant, rear-facing car seat. Infant cannot be discharged otherwise. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that the car seat is properly installed. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the infant car seat.
After you have called your obstetrician or midwife, and he or she has told you to come to the hospital, you can go directly to:
- The Main Lobby entrance if you are going to Cape Cod Hospital
- The Faxon Center entrance if you are going to Falmouth Hospital
- After 8:00 pm, you need to use the emergency room entrance at both hospitals.
- Non-smoking hospitals – Both Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital are non-smoking hospitals. There is no smoking anywhere inside the hospital or outside on hospital grounds.
- Students – At various times of the year, both hospitals have nursing, EMT and medical students working with us in the maternity centers. We appreciate it if you allow these students to be involved in your care.
- Patient Privacy – Due to federal patient privacy laws, we cannot give any information regarding your labor and birth in person or on the telephone. Please tell family and friends that you or your family will call with information at the appropriate time.
- Videotaping – Videotaping is only allowed in labor and after the infant has been born, with physician or staff approval and with the mother’s consent.
- Obstetricians, Pediatricians and Midwives – Cape Cod Healthcare publishes a directory that provides a complete listing of all of our physicians, including obstetricians, pediatricians and midwives.