While we are happy to offer a virtual hospital tour during this time, please note that hospital entry points have changed since COVID-19. Please see the detailed text below for the most up to date information!
Tour of Labor and Delivery & Mom and Baby unit at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee
We want to welcome you to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital. Thank you for choosing our hospital to welcome your baby into the world.
Arrival and Parking:
- Refer to your Provider's guidelines for when to come to the hospital.
- From 5:00 am - 8:00 pm daily, use Women's Hospital MAIN ENTRANCE located at 2323 N. Lake Drive. Enter Parking LOT B off of Lake Drive. Free valet parking is also available at this entrance Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Valet is not available on weekends or holidays. Note that doors are locked after 8:00 pm.
- The front desk will assist you in finding the elevators to take to the 4th Floor, Labor & Delivery.
- From 8:00 pm to 5:00 am, please use Parking Lot A (entering on Prospect Ave.) Park near the 2nd floor and enter the hospital through the second floor. Security will greet you and offer assistance. to the 4th Floor Labor & Delivery.
- During this time, avoid using the Emergency Department entrance unless it is a true emergency!
Labor & Delivery:
- Take elevators to the 2nd floor of the Women's Hospital and follow signs to the lobby of Labor & Delivery.
- Check-in to the secured unit. You will need your photo ID and insurance card. Please note that you can preregister online.
- You will likely be seen first in the triage area. A nurse and a doctor will complete assessments to determine if you are in labor. If you are staying to deliver, you will be moved to one of the Labor and Delivery Rooms (LDRs).
- Consider bringing comfortable clothes, warm socks, sandals/flip flops, toiletries, comfort objects, hard or gummy candies, hair ties, hairbrush, nursing bra, comfortable pajamas, robe, chargers for electronics, etc.
- Each LDR has a labor bed (can be maneuvered to many positions for labor and delivery), wireless monitors to evaluate baby’s heart rate and your contractions, bathroom including shower (two rooms have large laboring tubs), TV, rocker/ recliner, free WiFi, baby warmer, room phone with a direct number, birthing balls, peanut balls, birthing bar, and a cot with pillows and linen for a support person to stay overnight.
- During labor, your nurse will monitor your contractions and labor progress, assess the baby's heartbeat, administer medications, communicate with our Provider, support your comfort, and include you in the plan of care. We support delayed cord clamping for healthy infants.
- There is anesthesia coverage in L&D at all times for epidurals as well as Cesarean Deliveries. We also have 24/7 OB coverage, Maternal-Fetal coverage, and Neonatology coverage. The NICU team will attend any high-risk deliveries.
- After delivery, the nurse will monitor your recovery for 1-2 hours, assess you and your baby, help initiate skin to skin contact, assist with the initial breastfeeding and LATCH, and prepare you for transfer to the Mom-Baby Unit. Skin to skin is encouraged during this time, throughout your hospital stay and even at home to help with bonding, successful breastfeeding, temperature regulation, and mom’s recovery from delivery.
Mom and Baby Floor
- The Mom & Baby unit is located on the 7th floor. You will hold your baby while you are wheeled up to the 7th floor. Your support person/people will need to carry your belongings. For your guests, they will take the same elevators up to the 7th-floor lobby to gain access to the secured unit.
- Your hospital stay for an uncomplicated vaginal birth is about 48 hours from the time of delivery, and 3 -4 days for a C/section.
- Each private room has a traditional hospital bed, flat-screen TV, large bathroom with shower, bassinet with baby supplies, refrigerator, futon with pillows and linen for a support person, ocker, and care items for mom (sanitary pads, ice packs, underwear, peri-bottle, analgesic spray, etc.)
- All baby supplies will be provided, however, you will need to bring a car seat, an outfit, and blankets to the hospital for the day of discharge.
- Rooming-in is standard, but there is also a secured Newborn Nursery if needed or for procedures.
- Your Pediatrician will be notified when the baby is born. If your Pediatrician does not have hospital privileges, the hospital neonatologist will be assigned to your baby during the hospital stay. Once your baby is discharged, your baby’s Provider will take over care.
- The nurse who cares for you will also be caring for your baby. She is a great source of information so ask plenty of questions!
- Items done for your baby may include a delayed bath; Vitamin K (to help with clotting); hearing screen; state blood screen; jaundice screening; congenital heart screening; weights; assessments; and more. Immunizations may also be started with your permission.
- Circumcision for boys usually happens on the day of discharge. Your OB will perform the procedure in the nursery. Ask your OB provider about the risks and benefits of this procedure. Nurses will show you how to care for your son after.
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are available to assist you with breastfeeding during the hospital stay as well as once you are home.
- Foodservice is available. Your tray will come up during scheduled times. A dietary ambassador will work with you for any specific dietary needs. You are welcome to have food brought in or order food to be delivered. One meal ticket will be provided for a partner/support person, after that, your partner/support person can purchase food in the cafeteria, or bring in their own food.
Visiting guidelines have recently changed for your protection.
- Currently the hospital allows only one person in labor and delivery for support.
- After your baby has arrived your support person is the only one allowed to visit. Given the concern for community health, the units are also requesting that your support person limit the number of times moving in and out of your room.
- You may want to keep this in mind when arranging childcare or petcare options while you are hospitalized.
The tour will meet on the first floor just past the information desk in the seating area outside of the Nicholas Family Education Classroom.