What to Expect FAQs

Can the baby 'room in' with me?

Yes. We encourage you to keep the baby in the room with you. This allows you to care for your baby while in the hospital with the assistance of the nurses. If questions arise, this is the ideal opportunity to address them. Remember, the safety of your baby is most important. If you are too tired to care for your baby and there is no one else staying with you, a nurse might suggest that your baby be taken to the nursery while you rest.

What personal items should I bring to the hospital?

Bring items to help you through your labor. For example, massage oils and tools, a digital media player and lip balm. We provide pillows, but you may prefer your own from home. For postpartum, bring toiletries, toothbrush and toothpaste, a nursing bra, a nightgown, slippers and a robe. Also bring a case for your eyeglasses or contact lenses, if necessary. Please leave jewelry and money at home.

What should I bring to the hospital for my baby?

The hospital provides paper T-shirts, but we encourage you to bring several long sleepers. You will also need a car seat and blanket when you leave the hospital. The hospital provides blankets and diapers while the baby is in the hospital, but you will need your own supply for home. Florida state law requires that babies be secured in a car seat when riding in an automobile. We encourage all parents to have the installation of their baby's car seat checked by a child passenger safety technician before leaving the hospital.

Who is responsible for overseeing my baby's medical care in the hospital?

Your baby's pediatrician will coordinate care with the nurses. By the time you are 35 weeks into your pregnancy, you should have a pediatrician for your baby. If you do not have a pediatrician, call Memorial Physician Referral Service at 800-944-DOCS (3627). Please bring the name and phone number of your pediatrician to the hospital. If your pediatrician is not on the medical staff at the hospital where you have your baby, the staff neonatologist will act as the pediatrician during your hospital stay.

Is there lactation support with the maternity care services?

We are very supportive of breastfeeding for babies. The Family Birthplace has board-certified lactation consultants on staff to help support you and your family as you learn how to breastfeed your baby. We offer consultation and support after you leave the hospital with classes, educational materials, support groups and many other services for the mother who chooses to breastfeed. See our breastfeeding classes and support groups.

Is there someone at the hospital to take my baby's picture?

Our365 is not affiliated with Memorial Healthcare System, but is a service that is available for you for prenatal and infant photography. They offer package purchases and secure online posting on their Web Nursery website in a password-protected environment. You can contact Our365 customer service at 800-325-3550.

Does the Family Birthplace have a doula service?

Doula services are available through the company Mother's Care Doula Services. They can be reached directly at 954-433-CARE (2273). They are available for both labor and postpartum support.

Does my healthcare provider give me anything to bring to the hospital?

Yes. Your doctor or midwife should give you either a yellow card or a copy of your medical records to bring to the hospital. This will contain the results of your lab work. It is very important that you bring this with you so that we can care for you and your baby in the best way possible.