Preparing for the Hospital
We have some important tips for expecting moms to make your trip to the hospital seamless.
Mothers and babies are usually not in the hospital very long after birth. After a vaginal delivery you will be able to go home on the second day and if you have a C-Section, you will be able to go home on the third day.
Co-payment: please check on the back of your insurance card for this information. If you are unable to bring your co-payment and would benefit from financial supports services, please call us at (716) 859-8979.
*Special Note: If you are not legally married and the father of your baby wants to sign paternity papers, he must have a photo ID with him at the hospital.
Preadmit to the hospital
Make your maternity experience as easy as possible–complete the pre-admission registration form for either of our hospitals at the mid-point of your pregnancy (about 20 weeks).
- Important Note: When coming in to the hospital, please bring photo ID and insurance.
- Upon admission to Labor & Delivery, four visitor passes are given for the expectant mom's partner and visitors of choice during labor.
What to bring
Preparing for the hospital can be both exciting and stressful. We recommend packing a suitcase four weeks in advance of your due date to ensure you are ready to go should your baby decide to come a little early. Here’s a list of items we suggest you bring with you to the hospital:
- Photo ID and insurance card
- Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, comb or brush, make-up, hair tie, etc.
- Two or three nightgowns and a bathrobe (nightgowns can get messy after birth)
- Going home outfit
- Bras (Buy nursing bras if you will be breastfeeding)
- Slippers or socks
- Shower shoes/ flip-flops
- Baby book
- Something to read or watch
- Camera/video camera
- Friends and family phone list
- Snacks for your support person
- New York State Law requires a protective car seat for all infants
- Pack your baby’s clothes and let your family bring those things on the day you are going home.
Put these things in the baby's suitcase:
- Diapers or cloth diapers, fasteners and accessories
- An undershirt and an outfit for the baby to wear home, including a sweater and hat
- A light (receiving) blanket and a heavy baby blanket if it is cold outside
- Pediatrician's name and phone number
Do NOT bring jewelry, credit cards, or a lot of cash with you. There might not be a safe place to keep these items and the hospital will not accept responsibility if they are lost or stolen.