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Whether it’s your first or 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 charger and/or calling card
  • Digital/Film camera with extra batteries and film
  • 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

Where do I go when I arrive at the hospital?

If you arrive at the hospital between 6 am and 8 pm you can use any of our entrances. Wheelchairs and valet parking are available at the main entrance. Your spouse or significant other can then park the car or use our valet services.

If you arrive between 8 pm and 6 am, please use the Emergency Department entrance. Wheelchairs are available there as well.

What will my room be like?

Highland Park Hospital offers completely private rooms. You’ll stay in the same room from the time you are admitted to the time you are discharged. Mother and baby stay in the Labor and Delivery unit the entire stay at the Hospital. Your baby can stay with you around the clock following delivery if you so choose.

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 Highland Park Hospital has you and your baby as our utmost concern. We have implemented a number of standards to ensure you and your baby 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.