Planning for Delivery
There's a lot to consider as you prepare for your baby's birth. Your physician, midwife, or nurse practitioner can help you make the decisions that are best for you and your baby. In partnership with your health care provider, Strong Beginnings will support you every step of the way.
It's a good idea to register for your hospital stay soon after you learn that you are having a baby. That way, you don't need to worry about the details and paperwork when your labor begins.
As soon as your doctor or midwife tells us you'll be having a baby at Strong Memorial Hospital, we will send you a registration form to fill out and return to our Patient Access Center.
This is also a good time to plan for the financial aspects of your baby's birth. Since every medical insurance plan is different, please check with your insurance carrier for specific details of your maternity coverage. If you do not have medical insurance, or have questions about finances, just call our maternity representatives at (585) 275-3400. They will be glad to help you make sure things are in order for your birth.
For any questions regarding Strong Memorial Hospital, please call pre-registration. For last names ending A-L, call (585) 275-2517. For last names ending M-Z, call (585) 275-3642.
What to Bring to the Hospital
- Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, comb, and brush
- Robe, nightgown, slippers
- Nursing or support bra
- Clothes for you and your baby to wear home
- Book or magazine
- Items you use for relaxation
- Camera and batteries/charger
- Blanket to take baby home
- Pillows (keep in bright colored pillowcase)
- Snacks for your support person
Plans You Will Need to Make
Choose a Support Person
You may choose your husband, a partner, a friend, or a family member to be your support person while you are in the hospital. This person should be available at the time of your labor. Include your support person in your pregnancy by having him or her meet your health care provider before labor and being aware of your choices for labor and delivery.
If you do not have a support person, let your health care provider know. It is also helpful to let your health care provider know if you have any special requests or needs due to religious or cultural factors.
Plan for Transportation
A trial drive is helpful for you to know how long it will take, which hospital entrance to use, and to locate the parking lot. Make sure that your car always has enough gas during the last months of pregnancy. Practice using your baby's car seat to make sure that you know how to fasten it correctly with your car's seat belt.
Arrange for Child Care
If you have other children, it is necessary to arrange for child care. You may need to have one plan for daytime hours and one for the night. We suggest that you register your child for sibling classes by calling (585) 275-4058. Your children may remain with you during labor if there is a designated adult to supervise them at all times. This should be a different person than your labor coach.