Important Information about The Birth Place
When Labor Begins & Your Arrival
Delivering Your Baby at The Birth Place
Visiting Policies at The Birth Place
Keeping Your Baby Safe
When Labor Begins & Your ArrivalWhen labor begins, call your physician immediately, unless he/she has given you other instructions. Please arrange to have someone drive you to the hospital.
When you arrive, please check in with our Emergency Department, and the staff will direct you to The Birth Place.
If you are scheduled for a Cesarean Section, please enter through the main lobby and go to The Birth Place on the third floor.
What to Bring
A pre-packed bag with your personal items:
Clothes for you to go home in
A blanket & outfit for your baby to go home in
Nightgown or pajamas for yourself
If your physician has issued a Blood Type and RH card,
please bring it with you.
What NOT to Bring
Electrical appliances (hair dryer, curling iron, etc.)
Large quantities of cash
ARMC will provide you with the rest of your delivery needs.
Delivering Your Baby at The Birth PlaceYou will deliver in a labor, delivery, and recovery room (LDR) and will stay 1-2 hours after birth (for vaginal delivery).
Immediately after birth, we practice skin to skin contact for an enhanced bonding experience for newborns and parents.
Our staff has received special training to assist you with breastfeeding.
The Birth Place also has a lactation consultant to assist you in breastfeeding.
Your baby's security is very important to us. You will be informed about the specifics of our infant safety procedure upon your arrival. For information about the electronic security device placed on your baby's ankle, please see our Keeping Your Baby Safe section.
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is for babies that need observation, medication, or treatment. We will inform you if your baby is transferred to the NICU.
Visiting Policies at The Birth PlaceAll visitors must wait outside the LDR for the first hour and a half after delivery. This private time is used specifically to acquaint the newborn with his/her parents.
After the skin to skin bonding, two (2) people are allowed to visit at a time in the LDR. All other visitors can either rotate in to visit, or they may wait in the Labor and Delivery waiting room.
We understand that this is an exciting time for families and friends, but due to fire department regulations, we cannot have people waiting in the hallways.
Our two person visitation policy is also for the baby's protection and infection control; we ask that visitors utilize the waiting room and rotate visitation.
Only siblings of the baby are allowed to visit. Other children may visit if they are 12 and older.
Keeping Your Baby SafeKeeping Your Baby Safe Infant security is a top priority at AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center. We strongly encourage you to help us keep your baby safe during your stay with us.
1. NEVER leave your baby unsupervised.
2. Please follow our visitor guidelines, including:
Daily visiting hours are from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Unlimited visiting hours are provided to fathers/significant others.
Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit unless they are siblings of the newborn.
Please limit the number of visitors in your room at all times; a waiting room is available to help you accommodate this request.
Visitors with signs of a communicable disease or infection, including colds and flu, may not visit
3. Try to keep your infant on the farthest side of your room, away from the door.
4. Only give your baby to the appropriate staff members.
Information about how to identify these staff members will be given to you upon your arrival.
5. If anyone comes into your room and suggests it is time for tests or lab work that you don't know about, contact your nurse immediately.
6. If you are ever unsure about who is taking your baby, check with your nurse immediately.
7. We never transport babies in our arms; we always use their cribs. If anyone tries to carry your infant out of the room, contact the nurses' station immediately.
8. Please make arrangements for your baby's safe arrival home by making sure you bring clothes and a car seat for your baby's discharge from the hospital (discharge time is 11:00 AM).
Infant Security SystemYour infant will have an electronic device placed on his/her ankle. Please do not disturb or remove this tag during your hospital stay. This device is used to identify your baby and will be removed when he/she is discharged from the hospital.
You, your significant other, and your baby will have matching numbered ID bands applied immediately after birth. Please do not remove these bands during your hospital stay. They are a secondary form of identification for you and your baby.
If you happen to lose your ID band, please notify your nurse immediately. The bands will need to be changed and reapplied.