Women and Infant Services
Preparing for Birth
Childbirth Education Classes: Preparing for childbirth comes long before being admitted to the hospital,
which is why St. Mary Medical Center offers childbirth classes every month
for parents-to-be. Classes include childbirth options, parenting, breastfeeding
and an overview of the physical and emotional changes that take place
during pregnancy. Topics covered include stages of labor, pain management,
breathing and relaxation, and caring for your infant. To learn more, visit our
community education section. For further information or registration regarding childbirth
education classes, please call (760) 946-4241.
Maternity Tours: Maternity tours help to familiarize parents-to-be with the Labor and Delivery
department. During the tours, we answer questions about the birthing process
and introduce our specialized team of OB nurses. Our goal is to help relieve
any anxiety by providing a complete picture of the events surrounding
childbirth. For further information or to register for a maternity tour,
please call (760) 946-4241. The maternity tour is no charge but pre-registration
Birth Plan: Prepare for the anticipated, the unexpected and everything in between.
Birth plans are a great way to let your physician and labor and delivery
nurse understand how you and your family would like your delivery experience
to go. Creating a birth plan is a useful tool to determine the expectations
both you and your partner have about the upcoming birth. Knowing these
expectations will help guide our health care delivery team in providing
the most comfortable plan possible.
Personal Birth Plan
What Not to Pack: Please do not bring valuables to the hospital, as they cannot be secured.
The hospital is not responsible for replacing lost items. Any items that
will be left unattended should remain at home.
What to Pack: A hospital gown or birthing clothing, if you would like to bring your
own. Please note that while we do permit patients to wear their own clothing
(i.e. skirts, nightgowns or dresses), we prefer that you wear a hospital
gown, as they are fashioned with snaps at the sleeves for easy maneuvering
around IV's. Also, because birth is a messy process, clothing worn
during labor is unlikely to be worn again.
- Pajamas, bathrobe and slippers
- Underwear suitable for wearing with maxi-pads
- A nursing bra, if breastfeeding
- A comfortable outfit for mom to wear home
- Baby clothes and blankets for baby's trip home
Cell phone/laptop/camera - Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hospital.
If you are bringing a cell phone, laptop, or cameras please ensure these
items will be attended at all times.
Click here for our photo policy.