Planning for Your Birth Experience
Your family is our priority from the moment you arrive to give birth at the Women’s Pavilion. We provide family-centered care that honors your wants and needs every step of the way, from developing your own birth plan to involving you in the care of your newborn.
The second floor of the Women's Pavilion features eight private antenatal testing/triage rooms, 19 private labor/delivery/recovery rooms, 12 private antenatal care rooms, three surgical suites, four recovery rooms and, most importantly, the region's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Planning ahead gives you peace of mind and helps reduce your anxiety about becoming a mother. Our childbirth education classes and Women’s Pavilion tours can help give you the tools that you need to plan a satisfying and healthy birth experience. Birth Center Tours
We encourage you to get a glimpse of the Women’s Pavilion by taking a virtual tour.
For a more in-depth look at the Women’s Pavilion, register for a free in-person Birth Center tour. Offered regularly, this tour provides the expectant mother and father/support person an opportunity to visit Labor and Delivery and the Family Care Unit and ask questions. You may tour the Birth Center at any phase of your pregnancy. You can find information on tours under the Classes and Events
Because we’ll be visiting several different parts of the hospital, we ask that you make arrangements for the care of your other children when you come for this tour. Childbirth Classes
To help families prepare for the arrival of their new baby, Tallahassee Memorial offers a comprehensive array of childbirth and parenting classes, designed to help make your birth experience as satisfying as possible. All classes are available at a variety of times. If you can’t attend in-person classes, Tallahassee Memorial provides an online education option
. Upcoming Classes and Events Choosing a Healthcare Provider
Pregnant women should see their doctor or midwife at least once a month for the first 36 weeks of pregnancy, and then weekly until delivery. Because this relationship is such an important one, you should look for someone who shares your philosophy about pregnancy and childbirth, and has the specific training, interests and qualifications to meet your needs. Each individual caregiver’s office staff can answer specific questions about hours of operation, location and the insurance accepted. Find a Physician Choosing a Pediatrician
Before your baby is born, it’s a good idea to choose a healthcare provider for the baby, either a pediatrician, pediatric nurse practitioner or a family practice provider. Usually this person will visit you and your baby in the hospital for a first health checkup. However, if your chosen provider does not perform newborn exams at Tallahassee Memorial or you haven’t yet chosen one, Tallahassee Memorial is happy to provide a referral to an appropriate provider.
When choosing a healthcare provider for your baby, you will want to consider whether he or she accepts your insurance, takes new patients, and whether the practice has hours, policies and procedures that are in line with your needs. Find a Physician Creating a Birth Plan
Although a birth plan is not necessary because your nurse and doctor will work closely with you to meet your needs, here is a sample of a birth plan
should you choose to use it. Online OB Registration
The online OB registration form will expedite the registration process to make your visit go as smoothly as possible. The Obstetrics Registration is for expectant mothers and should be completed before coming to the hospital for obstetrical care.
The pre-registration information you submit online is safeguarded by Verisign security certificate and pursuant to legal and regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Online OB Registration Form Preparing for Your Hospital Stay
Whether you pack your hospital bag weeks in advance or wait until labor begins, you should have a plan for getting to the hospital and what you should bring. When packing your bag, remember that you’ll most likely only be in the hospital for a few days and that you want to be as comfortable as possible – and don’t forget to bring some clothing for the little one who will be coming home with you! Information Regarding Your Stay Before You Arrive
Tallahassee Memorial recommends that you complete the prenatal checklist before arriving at the hospital.
In addition, we recommend checking with your insurance provider prior to delivery to determine what is covered and how much you may be expected to pay out of pocket. Insurance policies vary greatly and getting information beforehand prevents unpleasant surprises. Arriving at the Hospital
If you believe you are in labor, call your doctor for additional instructions.
Once you arrive at the Women’s Pavilion, go to admitting on the 2nd floor. If you are less than 14 weeks pregnant- go to the ER. Packing a Bag
It’s best to pack your bag well in advance of your baby’s due date. The bag should contain items that will make you more comfortable, but please leave your valuable items at home. Here are some tips on Things you should bring to the hospital. Your Hospital Stay
Our goal is to involve the family in every aspect of caring for their babies. We provide personalized care that is focused on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each family. Our skilled and compassionate providers are there to support you and help you get off to the healthiest start.
This means that your baby will stay with you as much as possible after birth. Your baby’s transition to life after delivery is nurtured with skin-to-skin contact which helps to regulate breathing, heart rate, temperature and blood sugar. You will also have an opportunity to feed him or her within the first hour after birth.
Parents are able to get to know their baby, as well as bond and develop their role as caregivers. You will be able to develop confidence in your ability to care for your baby with the help of nurses. You will be better prepared to go home and continue life as a family. Postpartum Care and Bonding
After birth, once you and your baby are stable, you’ll move to the Family Care Unit on the third floor of the Women’s Pavilion. The third floor of the Women's Pavilion features private mother/baby rooms. Each room provides all the comforts of home including entertainment centers with TV and DVD players, pullout sleeper chairs, small refrigerators and a private bathroom. Length of Stay
Most mothers who deliver vaginally stay in the hospital for 48 hours; for those who have cesarean sections, the average hospital stay is 72 hours.
Individual patient stays may be longer or shorter than average, depending on the circumstances and specific care requirements. Discharge
Your doctor will visit and officially discharge you, and your baby’s doctor will visit for a final exam and discharge. Once you’ve reviewed and signed the discharge instructions with your nurse, you and your baby will be brought to the main entrance in a wheelchair. Please remember to have someone who can drive you home. Car Seats
Florida law requires that all infants be properly restrained and transported in a federally- approved car seat that is appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight. For this reason, babies cannot be discharged without an appropriate car seat. Infants must ride rear-facing until they are at least one year old and weigh 20 pounds or more. You will need to have the base of your car seat installed before you are ready for discharge from the hospital. You can bring the actual car seat up to your room for a final fitting of your infant. Please know how to use your car seat prior to discharge. Visitation Hours for the Family Care Unit
The arrival of a new baby is special not only to his or her parents but also to friends and relatives, who are eager to meet the new arrival. In the first hours and days after birth, though, it’s important for you and your baby to rest and get to know each other. The visitation rules include:
- 4 visitors plus spouse/ significant other with ID band may be present at one time.
- After 9 pm, only the spouse/ significant other with ID band may be present.
- Quiet Time is 1pm – 3pm Daily. In order to respect this bonding time for new moms, please limit visitors to the father or one support person.
Family or friends who are ill or have a cold should stay home and wait to meet the baby until they are feeling better. Everyone (even visitors who are not sick) should wash their hands before holding the baby to prevent spreading infection or illness.