Once you have selected your obstetrician, you should pre-register at Plantation General Hospital and attend maternity classes. When you go into labor, call your obstetrician. If he or she instructs you to come to the hospital, come to the Emergency Room or the main hospital entrance. The Birth Center of Plantation General Hospital is on the first floor. Once admitted into Plantation General Hospital, you will be taken to a Labor-Delivery-Recovery Room. A few hours after you deliver your baby you will both be taken to the Women’s Pavilion for the remainder of your stay.
One of the most important things you should do before your baby’s birth is pre-registration at Plantation General Hospital. We offer this service as a convenience that enables you to experience the joy of your "big day" without the need for filling out excessive paperwork. To facilitate the process, we request that you pre-register prior to your fifth month of pregnancy.
You can mail the completed registration form to us or register in person in the Admitting Office, Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:30pm. Once the Pre-Admission Form is completed, you will be asked to sign various consent forms. You are encouraged to notify your insurance carrier that you are pregnant. This gives you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with what your plan covers long before your baby is due.
What to Bring to the Hospital on Your Special Day
Because babies have a timetable of their own, we suggest you have an overnight bag packed and ready to go well in advance of your due date. Here are some items for your Hospital bag checklist you may want to bring:
- Nightgowns, underwear and nursing bras if you plan to nurse
- A comfortable robe and slippers
- Personal items like "that special pillow"
- Toiletries and cosmetics
- A comfortable going home outfit for you and your baby
- Important phone numbers and information such as your Social Security number
- An approved infant car seat
- Choose Your Baby’s Name in Advance
- The Name and phone of your pediatrician
We encourage you to select your preferred baby names in advance, since Florida law requires your baby’s name be registered within five days of his or her birth. A representative from our Medical Records Department will visit during your stay to register your baby’s name with the State of Florida. The sooner you choose a name, the sooner we can process your child’s official Birth Certificate. If you have questions, you can call us at (954) 587-5010 x 6419.
Choose a Pediatrician
During admission you will be asked to provide the name and phone number of your chosen pediatrician. We will notify him or her as soon as your baby is born. If your pediatrician or family practice physician is not on staff at Plantation General Hospital, your new baby will be cared for by our in-house pediatrician during your stay.
If you need help selecting a doctor, we will be happy to provide you with a list of obstetricians and pediatricians who are on staff at Plantation General Hospital, or you can call the Healthcare Referral at (954) 321-4099 or search our physician database.
When it’s Time to be Admitted
When you think you are in labor or your water breaks, call your obstetrician immediately. He or she will notify us to prepare for your arrival. When you arrive at the hospital, you may use the Emergency Room or the main hospital entrance. The Maternity Services Department is on the first floor. Upon your arrival our staff will greet you and escort you to a suite where your labor status will be assessed. It is best to discuss with your obstetrician in advance who you would like present during the delivery. During labor, other family and friends are welcome to wait in our waiting area.
Mother and Baby Care
We encourage "rooming in." In keeping with our philosophy of family-centered maternity care, you will have your baby with you throughout your entire hospital stay. Our skilled maternity staff will be available to monitor and care for your newborn during those times that you prefer to rest.
Breastfeeding is a natural process that has many benefits for babies as well as moms. Upon request a lactation consultant will visit with new moms and demonstrate proper latch-on and positioning techniques.
Recognizing the importance of bonding with newborns, a support person of your choice is welcome to stay overnight.
Our maternity staff encourages family and close friends to visit. However, proper rest for both you and your baby is important so we ask that visitors come between 9:00am and 8:00pm. We recommend that healthy siblings be the only children visiting. Individuals with colds or other illnesses are strongly discouraged from visiting during your stay.
Dining at Plantation General Hospital
Plantation General Hospital offers meals for maternity patients throughout their stay as determined by their diet. Food and Nutrition hosts visit patients daily to take menu orders and food orders are delivered to patient rooms during traditional meal times. Special dinners may be offered as well. The hospital's cafeteria and gift shop provide guests food options and choices throughout the day and early evening or visiting family members can dine with patients for an additional fee when taken care of in advance.
Your obstetrician and pediatrician will determine the best time for you and your baby to go home. Once you have been discharged, your nurse will provide you with instructions and any assistance you need.
Please keep in mind that in the State of Florida, it is a law that you must provide an approved infant car seat for your baby’s ride home from the hospital and all subsequent car trips.
As Your Baby Grows, So Will Your Relationship With Us
Plantation General Hospital offers a full range of children’s services to care for your child from birth through adolescence.
For a free referral to a pediatrician on staff at Plantation General Hospital, call (954) 321-4099 or search our physician database.
Our Pediatric Services Department includes in-house pediatricians 24 hours a day who will see your child in the Pediatric Emergency Department. They are also available to care for your child should hospitalization be necessary, providing your child with continuity of care throughout their hospital stay.