At UM Charles Regional Medical Center, our goal is to make your baby’s birth a joyous and meaningful occasion. We are honored to serve you and your growing family.
Congratulations! You are pregnant. Childbirth is one of life’s most memorable experiences, and we are honored that you have chosen UM Charles Regional Medical Center for your care. Our goal is to make your baby’s birth a joyous and meaningful occasion. By providing a family-centered approach to your care we strive to meet the needs of all parents. In preparing for your baby’s birth, take comfort in knowing that our primary focus at UM Charles Regional Medical Center is making an environment that is secure, comfortable, and responsive to every family.
UM Charles Regional Medical Center prides itself on having all private patient rooms including the Birthing Center and postpartum rooms. To make your experience as easy as possible, here is a helpful reminder of what to bring for your hospital stay.
- A bathrobe, nightgown, and slippers.
- Hair band and lip moisturizer.
- Something to read or game to play.
- An extra pillow, lotion, whatever you need to help you relax.
- A nursing bra, breast pads, and maternity underwear.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, etc.
- Important phone numbers for those you will want to call to give them the good news.
- An outfit to wear home. Bring something roomy and easy to get into.
- A change of clothes.
- A camera and film to document the big event.
- Something to read during the early stages.
- Basic toiletries.
- Snacks or change for the vending machines.
- An infant car seat installed in car.
- A going home outfit.
- A receiving blanket (heavier one if weather is cold).
- A pair of socks or booties.
- Baby book, if desired.
When You Arrive
If you believe that you are in labor, please contact your physician first. They will then tell you what to do next.
It is time to go to the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital go directly to the Birthing Center on the first floor. We will assess your condition and get you into a birthing suite when necessary. If arriving after 8:00 p.m. enter through Emergency Department and then proceed to the Birthing Center.
You will not need to stop at Admitting, the information for registration will be sent from the Birthing Center. Please fill out and send in or drop off the Pre-registration form that is available at your doctor’s office or the hospital.
The Birth Suite
Our Birthing Center includes four private Birth Suites, which allow for you and your baby to stay in one place for labor, delivery, and initial recovery. All Birth Suites include:
- A private bathroom with shower.
- Rocking chair.
- Sleep chair for partner.
- A bed that can accommodate many birthing positions.
High Risk Pregnancies and Deliveries
When you have your baby at UM Charles Regional Medical Center you have the benefit of our dedicated and highly trained physicians and nurses; professionals skilled in all aspects of labor, delivery and newborn care. Most women do not have complications with labor and delivery. If the need for special attention arises, The Birthing Center is prepared to handle both low- and high- risk deliveries and has its own operating room to perform Cesarean sections. We have experience in multiple births, and in providing care to moms who have babies later in life as well as managing other “high-risk” factors. Pediatricians are present 24 hours a day.
Once Your Baby is Born
Mother and baby are monitored following the delivery. Matching identification bands are provided to mom, baby and support person. For safety reasons, these bands are not transferable. You will wear your band until discharge.
Following delivery, mom and baby are moved to the Mother/Baby Unit on One East. You will have a nurse assigned that will care for both mom and baby. Our nurses monitor your vital signs and provide you with medications and comfort items needed as you recover. General assistance and teaching are provided to help you care for your newborn. Breastfeeding assistance is available should you need extra help.
- Visitors need to ring the doorbell in both the Birthing Center and 1 East in order to gain admission
- All visitors must be able to identify the patient by their full name prior to entering the unit and must sign in at the desk.
- Up to (3) people shall be permitted to visit a laboring patient in the Birthing Center.
- Visitation during delivery may be limited. After delivery, there may be unlimited visitation at the discretion of the patient and nursing staff.
- Visitation on 1 East is according to patient preference, and at the discretion of the nursing staff.
- On 1East the designated support person (wearing the matching identification band) will have unrestricted visitation rights 24 hours a day. If the support person is not the significant other, they must be at least 18 years of age.
Please note that visiting hour guidelines may be altered during flu season and at the discretion of the Nurse Manager.
Meals are served approximately 7:30 am, 11:30 am and 4:30 pm. Guest trays are available for purchase for fathers or other support persons. Prices are $2.10 for breakfast and $4.35 for lunch and dinner. Payments must be made in advance at the front desk. The cafeteria is located on the ground floor of the Medical Center. Hours of service are: Breakfast, 8-10 am, Lunch, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, and Dinner, 4:30-6:00 pm.
Prior to discharge, mom and her significant other may enjoy a Candlelight Dinner. Menus are available upon request. Your special meal will be served in your room while the nurses and staff attend to baby.
You will receive a birth certificate worksheet to fill out. Please complete the worksheet prior to leaving the hospital. A formal copy will be made from this worksheet and filed by the state. If the parents of the baby are not married at the time of the birth, an affidavit of parentage is available for the father to also complete. You will receive both the Verification of Birth and your baby’s social security card at home in the mail.
Because your friends and family will want to see your baby, our auxiliary volunteers will be available to take your baby’s first photos. Pictures may be purchased and/or posted on UM Charles Regional’s website. A brochure is available in your room that explains picture packages. Payment and consent are needed at the time of the photograph. We recommend that pictures be taken prior to discharge once baby is dressed in its going home outfit. Parents may make arrangements for the photo to be taken at another time if more convenient.
Because each birth experience is different, some patients stay longer in the hospital than other patients. Most vaginal deliveries go home in 24-48 hours. Cesarean deliveries typically require a 72-hour stay. Parents are allowed to stay with infants who may require longer care. Please remember to bring your infant car seat, installed correctly, so that your baby may travel home safely.