Things to consider/know before going into labor:
- You can preregister online before arriving at the hospital.
- 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.
- Partner/support person should consider bringing a change of clothes, toothbrush/toothpaste, bathing suit (in case you use the birth tub or birth shower), snacks/food, 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.
- After delivery, the nurse will monitor your recovery, assess you and your baby, help initiate skin to skin contact, assist with the initial breastfeeding and LATCH. 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.
- 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.
COVID-19 SUPPORT PERSON & VISITATION POLICIES
Visiting guidelines have recently changed for your protection.
- Currently the hospital allows only one person in labor and delivery for support.
- Ascension CSM - Ozaukee has an in-house Doula service to allow additional support to our laboring mothers. You can find out more information about this service and register for a Doula here: https://healthcare.ascension.org/Events/RFX/17281/Wisconsin/Milwaukee-Ascension-Columbia-St-Marys-Hospital-Milwaukee/Doula-Registration-CSM-Ozaukee?_ga=2.251938062.606599959.1593795281-931746827.1584464126
- 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. PLEASE 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.