Now that you have chosen ValleyCare for your special delivery, the following information will help you prepare for your stay.
PreRegistration will help expedite the registration process when you arrive for delivery. To take care of necessary paperwork in advance of your delivery, you are encouraged to preregister as early as possible. Preadmission forms are available from the Admitting Office at ValleyCare Medical Center or your physician's office, or you may preregister online. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your insurance coverage before your delivery.
When to Go to the Hospital
Your OB will guide you on the Rule of 5-1-1 after you are in your 36th week or after. This rule will help you determine when it’s time to go to the hospital:
- Your contractions are painful and take your breath away.
- Your contractions are 5 minutes apart or less- that is from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next.
- Each contraction lasts at least 1 minute.
- The contractions have had this pattern for at least 1 hour.
If the following signs happen, please GO DIRECTLY TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AT STANFORD HEALTHCARE VALLEYCARE. You do NOT need to call your doctor or the hospital first.
- Contractions are “5-1-1.”
- Your bag of water breaks. This is suspected when you have a gush or trickle of fluid that may come and go. (Keep in mind that vaginal mucous or discharge increases during pregnancy and may have a blood tinge to it and does not mean your water broke.)
- You have vaginal bleeding that saturates 1 pad in 1 hour. This does not include light spotting or bloody mucous.
- After 28 weeks pregnant, if you do not feel 10 baby movements in 1 hour during a 24 hour period.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call your doctor at any time. Do not call the hospital.
Admission to the Hospital
Upon arrival, please enter the hospital through the emergency admitting entrance unless otherwise directed. You will then be escorted to the Maternal/Child Department. After you are comfortably settled in your birthing suite, your nurse will take your history, assess your condition and notify your physician of your progress.
What to Bring
ValleyCare provides most everything you will need to care for your baby while in the hospital. A few items you should bring are suggested:
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, bathrobe, slippers, nightgowns and adjustable maternity/nursing bras.
- For your baby, bring a going-home outfit and blanket. Diapers are provided by the hospital.
- Infant car seat. California state law requires all infants be secured in rear-facing car seats.
- Camera or video recorder if desired. Please note that physicians and hospital staff need to give permission to be photographed or recorded.
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