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How Do I Prepare

How Do I Prepare

How can I prepare for my delivery?

While no one can predict exactly how your experience will go, you can understand a bit more about what you can expect the day you welcome your little bundle of joy and learn a few things to make things easier. Meanwhile, the specially trained staff at The Baby Place will do everything to make your experience the best it can be.

What can I expect on arrival day?

When you arrive at UnityPoint Health - Pekin to give birth, you will be admitted to one of the new birthing suites. Two suites have whirlpool tubs for labor if you prefer. State-of-the-art technology is centrally located to help facilitate a safe delivery. Your significant other and up to two family members can stay with you during childbirth. If a cesarean birth is necessary, there is a fully equipped delivery room for C-sections right in The Baby Place. Your coach or partner can stay with you during the birth. During recovery, you will remain in your birthing suite.

What should I bring to the hospital?

When you check in, please bring the following items:

  • Personal items (hairbrush, shampoo, deodorant, makeup, etc.)
  • Nightgown, robe and slippers
  • Nursing bra if breastfeeding or support bra if bottle-feeding
  • Clothes to wear home
  • Pillow or blanket if you prefer your own
  • CDs if you wish to play music during labor
  • Infant car seat already secured in your vehicle
  • Your baby book for baby's footprints
  • An outfit for your baby to wear for the newborn picture, which will be posted on the website at (with your permission). You may purchase these pictures online.
  • Weather-appropriate clothes for baby plus a blanket in cool weather
  • Baby is provided with a starter kit of diapers, wipes and lotion.

What should I expect after I have my baby?

After recovery, mother and baby will stay in a private Post-Partum room. Your baby gets to stay in your room with you 24 hours a day, and both you and baby will receive care right in your room. Your significant other and your children are welcome to visit anytime. In addition, your significant other is encouraged to stay overnight. After recovery, family and friends can visit during visiting hours. A family waiting room is available for large groups of visitors. The baby's siblings are encouraged to meet their new brother or sister. However, other children under 12 years of age are not allowed as visitors.

To ensure the safety of your new arrival, you, the baby, the baby's father or significant other will all receive matching ID bracelets to wear while in The Baby Place. These bracelets help the staff to identify you and your family. At birth, a security band is also placed around the baby's ankle, allowing staff to know your baby's location. Also, The Baby Place is privately located to allow close monitoring of visitors. Using the latest technology, special security doors lock and an alarm sounds automatically when a baby nears the exit.

Before you leave with your newborn, a nurse will work with you one-on-one to make sure you are comfortable caring for yourself and your baby. Should you have any questions after you leave the hospital, The Baby Place is just a phone call away, ready to help you 24 hours a day.

What accommodations will my room have?

The Baby Place has private Labor/Delivery/Recovery (LDR) suites, as well as post-partum rooms where your family is more than welcome to stay with you. Designed with your needs in mind, the LDRs feature couches for dad, rockers and a TV, as well as CD players that are available for use in the birthing room.

After delivery and recovery, your new family will be moved to a post-partum room, featuring a TV, sleeper chair and many other comforts that will remind you of home. These rooms are spacious enough to allow the nursing staff to provide each family with individualized attention.

Can my support person spend the night in my room?

Absolutely! Your support person is more than welcome to stay overnight with you in your room. Siblings are not allowed to stay so please plan ahead with arrangements.

Can I keep my baby with me in my room?

The bond between a mom and her baby is vital, and The Baby Place is an internationally designated Baby-Friendly? facility, promoting bonding for all families, whatever their feeding choice. In fact, you may get to keep your baby with you in your room at all times, even throughout the night. Of course, our nursery is available for the needs of newborns as indicated by condition.

Where can my family wait as I labor?

The Baby Place has a Waiting & Play Area for your family to relax while they await the birth of your child. In addition to a warm, comfortable atmosphere, our Waiting & Play area offers two TVs, magazines and a play area for children of all ages.

As a patient of The Baby Place, where should I park?

UnityPoint Health - Pekin provides special, reserved parking for expectant mothers in the front row of the main hospital parking lot.

When should I expect to go home?

If you have a vaginal delivery, you will probably go home in two days, depending on your insurance. If you have a C-section, you will probably go home in three days, depending on your insurance. The day you leave, the baby's doctor will do a complete physical. Baby will also receive a hearing screening test and a blood screening test, as well as a congenital heart defect screening. If you want your baby boy to be circumcised, it is usually also done prior to discharge.