Congratulations on the pending arrival of your new little one. Bringing new life into the world is a joyous time which we are privileged to be a part of for families all over our county. A little planning on your part before your delivery will help make the experience as smooth as possible.
Choosing a physician
Finding a physician early in pregnancy is important. Regular check-ups are needed to evaluate the growth and development of your baby as well as maintaining a check on the mother’s health and well-being. At SRMC, we have 2 Family Practice Providers who deliver: Dr. Rebecca Allard and Dr. Brandon Brown.
Your birth plan
A birth plan is an outline of your wishes for your labor and delivery experience. You should discuss and develop a birth plan with your physician. The birth plan will include choices of pain management, birthing methods, family involvement and more. At SRMC, we will do our best to follow your plan. Our number one concern is to do what is best for both you and baby. Changes from your birth plan may occur if something unexpected happens during the birth process. However your birth plan will not be altered for our convenience.
Maternity Club- Team L.O.V.E.
Parenthood can bring lots of questions. That’s why we created our Team L.O.V.E. (Letting Our Vision Evolve). Team L.O.V.E. is designed for any expectant parent(s), whether it's your first or your third. Upon joining, you can receive helpful benefits that include:
- Prenatal education classes complete with a tour of SRMC's birthing suites and nursery.
- Breast-feeding instruction and one-on-one assistance.
- Web nursery to help you spread the news to family and friends anywhere!
- Baby’s footprints included on commemorative birth certificate, perfect for that baby book.
Note: Some benefits are only available upon delivering your baby at SRMC.
Be sure to preregister no more than one month before your planned delivery date. If you are planning a cesarean delivery and it is scheduled more than 48 hours in advance, an SRMC registered nurse will attempt to call you at the daytime number you provided to gather important preregistration information. If you have questions, please call us at 308.254.7268 ex. 1033 anytime.
Preparing for the Big Day
You’ve made it this far and soon your new bundle of joy will be in your arms! Here are a couple more items to get ready for delivery day.
What to pack
It is a good idea to pack your bag at least two weeks before your scheduled delivery date. During labor, you may want to have favorite snacks for your coach (we will also provide snacks and beverages as needed), your music player loaded with relaxing music and a list of phone numbers to call. You may also want to bring comfortable clothes, slippers, a favorite pillow and your camera to get lots of pictures of your newborn. You will also want to pack an outfit for baby’s first photo and to wear home, as well as a blanket and hat suitable to the weather.
Taking baby home
You will need a car seat to take your baby home in. To help make sure that your car seat is adjusted properly for your infant and fits correctly in your vehicle, SRMC has certified car seat technicians to help. Have someone bring the car seat up to your room the night before you go home and make any necessary adjustments. SRMC participates in a child safety program which provides new car seats to income eligible families. For more details, call the Maternal and Infant Services Department at 308.254.7268 ex. 1033.
Day of Delivery
This is it–the day you’ve been waiting for! However, as parents through the ages have discovered, babies have their own schedule as to when they come into the world. In many cases, your physician will schedule or direct your arrival to the hospital. If you begin to experience labor pains during office hours, contact your physician. If it is after hours, you can call your provider or SRMC at 308.254.5825. If you think you are going into labor, do not eat a heavy, fried or spicy meal, as this may cause nausea later.
Where should I go?
Parking is located on the south side of the hospital near the main entrance, or in case of an emergency please proceed to the Emergency Department entryway. Enter SRMC through the main hospital entrance. Our admissions staff is available 6 a.m.-5 p.m. to check you in and direct you to your service location.
If it is after 5 p.m., please come to the emergency department entrance and someone will assist you to the maternity unit. Visitors of maternity patients and newborns are welcome anytime. Please advise friends and family that all entrances to the hospital are closed from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. except for the emergency department entrance.
What should I bring?
It is important that you bring everything necessary for your appointment:
- The bag you packed for delivery
- Photo I.D., such as a driver’s license
- Insurance card including Medicare or Medicaid
- Cash, check or major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) to pay for co-pays and applicable deductibles
- An Advance Directive serves as an important guideline for the medical staff to follow in the event of an emergency or critical illness. If you have completed advance directives or have a living will, bring a copy with you.
On arrival, you will be given an identification bracelet to wear during your stay. You will then be directed to the maternity unit. Our nursing staff will get you settled into the delivery suite and provide instructions on how to prepare for the birth of your new little one.
- Tobacco use is prohibited at SRMC, click here for more details.
- We provide persons with disabilities, including persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or persons with low vision or who have other sensory or developmental disabilities an equal opportunity to access care and treatment. Please ask if you need assistance.
- We also provide interpreter services at no cost to all patients and their relatives. We make every attempt to provide an in-person interpreter for Spanish and have interpretation of many languages available by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If having surgery or another outpatient procedure, please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you the afternoon or evening after your procedure. After receiving sedation or general anesthesia, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home.