Preparing for Baby
It’s almost time. Your new baby will be arriving soon! We know you want to be as prepared as possible, and we want that for you as well. Below are some details to guide you on what to expect when the big day comes.
For information and resources to guide you throughout your pregnancy, visit the main Patient Guide page.
Whether or not this is your first baby, all expectant moms are waiting for just the right time to come to the hospital. For some, the time will be easy to determine, while for others, there may be uncertainty. Your obstetrician or midwife will give you guidelines for your arrival at the hospital.
Please enter our campus at Potomac Center Boulevard and use the Main Entrance. You may choose to valet park your car (7 a.m.-11 p.m.) or park in any of the visitor’s lots.
If you arrive after 9 p.m. or if you are in pain or experiencing ANY kind of medical emergency, please use the Emergency Department entrance.
When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll only need a few simple items for labor and delivery:
- Current insurance card/information
- Photo identification (driver's license, passport, etc.)
- Birth plan, if desired
- Birthing ball, if desired
- Cord blood kit, if desired
- Other labor support aids (music, focal point aids, etc.), if desired
For your delivery, we provide everything else you need.
For your hospital stay, you need to bring only the basics. We recommend leaving these things in your car until you are transferred to postpartum to keep your delivery room clear and allow you to more easily keep track of your belongings. Your spouse, partner, family member or friend can get these items for you when you are ready for them.
- Car seat - The seat or base (depending on style) should already be installed in the family car for the baby's first trip home
- Two outfits for your baby – one for pictures and going home; one as a back-up outfit
- Loungewear or pajamas
- Socks or slippers
- A comfortable support bra or a nursing bra
- Clothing to wear home
- Cell phone and charger
- Camera and charger
- List of family members and friends to call or text
- Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, lip balm, etc.), as desired. Some of these basic items are provided for you.
- Blanket or car seat cover for baby if it is cold outside
- Clothes for your support person
- Breast pumps are available at the hospital if you do not have your personal pump
We will provide sanitary supplies for you and diapers and wipes for your baby to last throughout your stay. We do not provide cloth diapers. Meals are provided for the patient during her stay; however, many people like to bring extra items such as favorite snacks, music, and other items that aid relaxation. A small cooler can be brought in for storage of personal food items as there is nowhere to refrigerate those items on the unit.