Birth Center

Phone Numbers

Maternity Services
(803) 791-BABY
(803) 791-2229
Obstetrics Pre-Admission – Financial Questions
(803) 791-2490
New Mother Questions
(803) 791-2220
New Baby Questions
(803) 791-2525
Special Care Nursery
(803) 791-2337
Newborn Nursery
(803) 791-2533
Midwives
(803) 936-8100
Doulas
(803) 791-2631

Your Hospital Stay

What to Bring

Mom’s Bag

  • Nightgowns, a robe, slippers, nursing bras, socks and undies. Sleepwear and clothing with front closures help if you’re planning to breastfeed. Don’t forget clothes to go home in, too. Pass on the skinny jeans and opt for maternity clothes and flats.
  • Special brand toiletries: We provide soap, toothpaste and shampoo. Bring additional items or brands you prefer.
  • Contacts lenses and supplies and glasses.
  • Headbands or barrettes.
  • Personal items such as a favorite pillow, mp3 player or book.

Baby’s Bag

  • Clothing: Weather-appropriate, pre-washed clothing, including hats and a few pairs of tiny socks.
  • A soon-to-be-favorite blanket.

Support Person’s Bag

  • One or two changes of comfortable clothing.
  • Toiletries.
  • Still or video camera plus film and batteries.
  • Watch with a second hand (for timing contractions).
  • Tennis balls for back massages.
  • A small amount of cash for meals and coins for vending machines.
  • List of people and phone numbers to call with baby news.
  • Magazines, books or other reading materials.
  • Snacks for you and hard candy for mom during labor.

Visitor Guidelines

  • During labor, limit visitors to no more than two people in addition to your primary support person. Some procedures will require all visitors to leave the room.
  • Child visitors are limited to the patient’s children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Visitors cannot wait in the hallway for extended periods of time. A waiting room with a telephone, restroom, television, magazines and coffee is available to waiting visitors.

Phones & Phone Calls

Phone calls are not placed to patients in labor and delivery to respect the expectant mother’s privacy during a very personal process.

Filming & Photography

We make every attempt to accommodate filming or photography during birth, but ask you, family and friends to follow these guidelines to ensure safety and privacy for all patients:

  • Discuss your desire to film with your health care provider during prenatal visits.
  • Filming during labor is permitted in labor and delivery rooms unless certain medical procedures are taking place.
  • Caesarean section deliveries cannot be filmed. The baby can be filmed after the birth if approved by staff.
  • If complications arise, your health care provider or charge nurse may stop filming.
  • Video cameras must be battery operated — no electrical cords.
  • Tripods, third-party photographers and stand-alone lights are not allowed.
  • Camera operators must be stationary at the head of the bed.
  • Videotaping in the recovery room is only permitted if approved by a nurse.