Preparing for Your Hospital Stay
For all procedures, be sure to bring:
- Your insurance card(s) and driver’s license
- Your doctor’s orders, if any
- A pillow and a blanket for the ride home
- Any applicable co-payment
Leave valuables such as money, jewelry, watches and rings at home.
What items are off limits?
Your Stay at the Birth Center
Special considerations and instructions to help you prepare for delivery day and your stay at the birth center.
What to Wear
We recommend that you wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to the hospital. For maximum post-operative comfort, you may want to bring pajamas and a robe to wear on the ride home.
Pre-registering for surgery should ensure that all tests are completed prior to your scheduled procedure. The day before surgery, check with your doctor that results have been duly received and confirm your appointment. Notify your doctor if there are any changes to your health status - such as contracting a fever or catching a cold - in the days before your surgery.
Make transportation arrangements
Please make arrangements for an adult to bring you to the hospital and accompany you home. Depending on the type of anesthesia your procedure requires, you may need assistance for 12–24 hours after arriving home. Please note that minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
What if I need to cancel my surgery?
In the event that you need to cancel your scheduled procedure, please contact your doctor's office at your earliest convenience.
Extended Hospital Stays
If you are to remain in the hospital following your surgery, leave your suitcase in the car and arrange to have it brought to you once you are in your assigned room. We suggest you pack the following items for your hospital stay:
- assistive devices (such as hearing aids, dentures, asthma inhalers, etc.)
- comfortable clothing for the return home
- reading material
- robe and slippers
- toothbrush and toothpaste
For your return home
Buy chicken soup, crackers, sodas and Jell-O to have on hand for when you return home after surgery.
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