Things to Know Before Delivery

Growing your family is an exciting time! Don't let nerves or fears overcome preparing for your little one. Tallahassee Memorial is here to help ease those fears through various resources from classes to tours. Take advantage of all we offer, so you and your family feel ready to welcome your newest addition.

Before Delivery

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. This relationship is important, so look for someone who shares your philosophy about pregnancy and childbirth. Be sure your doctor or midwife 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 insurance accepted. To select a medical provider, please use our Find a Doctor tool and list of Certified Nurse Midwives on medical staff with Tallahassee Memorial.


If you experience a medical complication after 14 weeks of pregnancy, we encourage you to visit the Tallahassee Memorial Women’s Pavilion for care. Our triage unit is specially designed to care for pregnant women with eight private rooms and a team of experienced nurses. In the triage unit, visitors are limited to one person per patient in addition to a spouse or support person.

Antenatal Care

At Tallahassee Memorial, we offer 12 private antenatal care rooms located on the third floor of the Women’s Pavilion. This unit provides special care for expecting moms placed on bed rest for the days or weeks leading up to delivery. If you experience preterm labor, cervical changes, high blood pressure, etc., your care provider may admit you to the ACU for continuous medical care.

Selecting a Healthcare Provider for Your Child

Before your baby is born, choose a pediatrician, pediatric nurse practitioner or a family practice provider for your child. This provider may visit you and your baby in the hospital for a first health checkup or you may see him or her after you are released from the hospital.

Tips for Selecting a 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 doctor’s office has hours, policies and procedures that are in line with your needs.

To help you select the best care provider for your family, we encourage you to ask the following questions:

  • Do you see newborns in the hospital or at the first office visit?
  • How does the practice handle children who are sick? What about after hours?
  • What hospitals are you affiliated with?
  • How long have you been practicing?
  • Do you have any sub-specialties?
  • To become a patient, what paperwork is needed before the baby is born?

Women’s Pavilion Tours

We encourage you to learn more about having your baby at Tallahassee Memorial by touring the Women’s Pavilion. You can register for a free tour through our classes and events calendar or visit online through our virtual tour. You are welcome to take a tour anytime, but we encourage you to schedule the tour during your second trimester when you are most comfortable.

Online Pre-Registration

We recommend completing the online registration form before your tour of the Women’s Pavilion. Once you have submitted the form, stop by the Women’s Pavilion anytime before delivery to complete the remaining admission paperwork. This will expedite the process of being admitted once you are in labor or if you need to visit triage for a medical concern during your pregnancy.

Childbirth Classes

We offer a variety of classes, including

These classes are available at A Woman’s Place at 1301 East Sixth Avenue, across from the hospital. To learn more about each class or register, please visit our classes and events calendar.


Mommy Market

Located within A Woman’s Place, the Mommy Market is an intimate shop for you to purchase breastfeeding supplies. We offer:

  • Breast pumps
  • Bras
  • Creams

Our prices are affordable and we offer a supportive and knowledgeable staff. Our team includes certified bra fitters to ensure you select the proper size for your body.

Address, Hours & Contact

Mommy Market at A Woman’s Place
1301 East Sixth Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please call 850-431-4928.


Labor and Delivery

We offer 19 private labor/delivery/recovery rooms with the region’s largest and most experienced staff of labor and delivery nurses. We offer many tools to help with labor, including birth balls, peanut balls, showers and labor tubs.

Creating a Birth Plan

Birth plans help to communicate the birth you would like with your care provider. A birth plan is not necessary, but you should discuss the labor and delivery you would like with your doctor or midwife before you go into labor.

Your labor and delivery wishes may change as your pregnancy progresses. Maintain an open dialog with your care provider and agree on a birth plan. If you would like a medication-free, natural childbirth experience, you and your doctor or midwife should develop a plan to reach that goal.

Download a guide for speaking with your care provider about your labor and delivery goals.

At Tallahassee Memorial, we strive to follow the birth wish list you and your doctor of midwife have developed. Our expert team of nurses, technicians and staff are committed to providing each expecting family with a positive and safe birth experience.

Skin-to-Skin Contact

Our team is specially trained to help mom and baby bond after birth. This includes initiating skin-to-skin contact within the first 60-90 minutes. When baby is placed on mom’s chest, it helps to regulate the baby’s body temperature, starts the bonding process between mom and baby and helps to calm the baby with similar sounds, such as mom’s heartbeat.

Skin to skin is also the first step in initiating breastfeeding. During the first hour after delivery, the baby is alert and eager to feed. Our labor and delivery nurses are specially trained to help moms begin the breastfeeding process in the delivery room. We encourage families to limit visitors during the first hour after birth so mom and baby can better bond.

Delayed Baths

There are many benefits to delaying the bath of your newborn until both mom and baby are stable and ready to participate in this special "first" moment. There is no medical reason that a newborn must be bathed in the first hours or days.  At Tallahassee Memorial, we delay a babies first bath for at least the first eight hours after the baby is born. This allows the baby and mom to practice skin-to-skin, which aids in bonding and breastfeeding. 

In addition, delaying a baby's bath allows the vernix that is on their skin to act as a natural moisturizer and helps the baby's skin stay soft and supple. Being separated from mom can add an additional layer of stress on a new baby.  By delaying the first bath, we are helping to regulate their body temperature and keep stress hormones low and blood sugar levels normal.

Camera Policy

Physicians and or your nurse will discuss camera use in the labor and delivery room/operating room. Any type of photography/video (camera and or cell phones) of the actual birth or any procedure are not allowed. Your physician and or nurse will let you know when that can begin prior to and after the birth.




After Delivery

Family Care Unit

After your baby is born, you and your family will be transported to the Family Care Unit on the third floor of the Women’s Pavilion for the remainder of your stay. Most mothers remain in the Women’s Pavilion for 48-hours following a vaginal delivery and 72-hours following a C-section delivery.

To further promote bonding, babies “room-in” with their moms while in the Family Care Unit, meaning mom and baby stay together in the same private room.

Benefits of rooming-in include:

  • Mom and baby have close, regular contact to promote bonding
  • Rooming-in babies are typically more content and cry less
  • Breastfeeding moms often have less trouble breastfeeding and their milk comes in sooner
  • Mom and baby are jointly cared for by a nursing team
  • Our team can provide education, help with feedings and assist moms in feeling prepared to care for their newborns once at home

Breastfeeding Moms

For breastfeeding moms, our experienced nurses are specially trained to help moms feed their babies. Learn more about Breastfeeding

The Alexander D. Brickler, MD Women's Pavilion

Learn more about the Women's Pavilion including how to get here, tours and visiting information.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Sometimes premature babies and newborns face medical issues that can't be treated in the family care unit. These babies are sent to the neonatial intensive care unit (NICU). Learn more about the NICU

Car Seats

Florida law requires that all infants be properly restrained and transported in a federally-approved car seat appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight. For this reason, babies cannot be discharged without an appropriate car seat.

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. We ask that you become familiar with your car seat before discharge.

Infants must ride rear-facing until they are at least one year old and weigh 20 pounds or more.

Safe Sleep

Our goal is to provide every family in our community the information, knowledge and support they need to keep their babies sleeping safely. As such, here are eight steps for safe sleep that you should practice each and every time you lay your little one down to rest.

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature comfortable for an adult.
  • Dress your baby in a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets.
  • Do not bed share. Place your baby’s crib near your bed.
  • Remove all soft bedding, bumpers and toys from your baby’s sleep area. Use only a tight fitted sheet.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, offer a pacifier after baby is one month old.
  • Visit your baby’s pediatrician regularly and stay up to date on your baby’s immunizations.
  • Never smoke around your baby!


Notify Your Health Insurance Company

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Did you know that you will need to notify your health insurance company that your little one has arrived? Most insurance companies require newborns to be added within 30 days after birth. Learn more