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Whether it’s your first or your fifth child, the weeks and days leading up to labor can be just that, a little laborious. NorthShore University HealthSystem wants to make your delivery at our hospital as stress-free as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to hopefully answer as many questions as possible about the delivery process.

What to Bring 

Four weeks before your baby’s due date, you should begin packing items to bring to the hospital. Here’s a checklist to help you get organized ahead of time.

  • Health insurance card
  • Cell phone and charger and/or calling card
  • Digital/Film camera with extra batteries and film/memory card
  • Toiletries such as a toothbrush, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, brush, soap and lip balm (A good idea is to purchase travel sizes of your favorite brands and already have them packed)
  • Nightgown and bathrobe, several pair of underwear, supportive/nursing bra and breast pads
  • Pillows with colored pillow cases to differentiate them from hospital pillows
  • Socks and slippers
  • Relaxing music – Each room has a CD and a tape player
  • Books and magazines
  • Shoes and loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to wear home
  • “Going home” baby outfit and blankets
  • INFANT CAR SEAT properly installed in your car 

What NOT to Bring 

  • While there are a number of common sense items you or your visitors shouldn’t bring, most often visitors will bring latex balloons to celebrate the birth of your baby. Latex balloons are not allowed in the Labor and Delivery Unit; you can purchase mylar (shiny) balloons at our gift shop just around the corner from the Women's Hospital entrace. 

Visiting Hours  

Visitors are welcome to drop by and see you and your new baby. Visiting hours are from 11 am to 8 pm. Make sure they know to bring a picture ID. All visitors will be announced before they enter your room.

Siblings of the baby, regardless of age, are allowed any time during visiting hours.

Significant others are allowed to stay in the room at all times. 

Unfortunately visitors under the age of 12 are not allowed, this includes relatives.

Where do I go when I arrive at the hospital?

You should use the Women’s Hospital entrance when you arrive at the hospital. It is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Discounted parking is available in our garage at a rate of $2 a day. This is available to the mother and husband/significant other only. Please see a nurse in the Labor and Delivery Unit for your special parking decal.

What will my room be like?

Following delivery you’ll be moved to your room on the 2nd or 3rd floor of the Women’s Hospital. There you’ll have the option of the baby being in your room or our nursery. There you can relax and rest with HDTV and movies on demand (coming summer 2009), CD player and WiFi Internet. 

How long will I stay at the Hospital? 

Most mothers stay between 48 and 96 hours after the birth of their child.

What about safety? 

NorthShore University HealthSystem and Evanston Hospital has you and your baby as our utmost concern. We have implemented a number of standards to ensure you and your baby’s safety and security at all times in our hospital. For more details about our practices please contact the Labor and Delivery Unit. 

Will someone be available to talk to me about breastfeeding? 

Highland Park Hospital has lactation consultants on hand to discuss breastfeeding with you after delivery. We also have a resource center with many breastfeeding products available for rent or purchase.

 Internet Access 

Public computer terminals are available for use near the main lobby of the hospital. Evanston Hospital also offers free patient WiFi throughout the hospital.