Get Ready for Your Hospital Stay
Pack your overnight bag well in advance of your due date. Your obstetrician will tell you when to go the hospital once your labor starts.
We suggest you include the following in your overnight bag:
- Your insurance card, the telephone number of your insurance company and photo identification
- An iPod® or personal music player to listen to your favorite relaxing tunes
- Camera and/or video equipment (Please note: You must have permission from hospital staff before photographing them. Photographing or videotaping other patients is not allowed.)
- An extra pillow with a colored pillowcase to differentiate it from hospital bedding
- Socks to warm your feet
- Snacks for dad or your labor coach
- Addresses and phone numbers of friends and family
- Nightgown or pajamas, robe, underwear and slippers to wear after your delivery
- Nursing bra if you plan to breastfeed; standard bra if you plan to bottle feed
- Toiletries and personal hygiene items
- Reading material such as books and magazines
- A baby book to get your baby's footprints after delivery
- Loose-fitting clothes to wear home
- Baby clothes, including an outfit, hat, booties and blanket
- An approved infant car seat
- Medications or prescriptions from home
- A large amount of cash
Having Your Baby
When it's time to deliver your baby, go straight to the labor and delivery area on the second floor of the hospital's west wing. After 8:30 p.m., go to the Emergency Room and someone will escort you to labor and delivery.
Comfortable Birthing Suites
Reston Hospital's private labor and birthing rooms offer a warm environment with skilled and helpful care providers–and technology readily available to support your birthing experience. Our birthing suites are designed to make you feel at home, with private baths, comfortable furniture and a sleep sofa for an overnight guest.
If you have a scheduled or emergency cesarean section, we're equipped with designated labor and delivery operating rooms. In most cases, your spouse or significant other will be able to accompany you through the procedure.
Getting to Know Your Baby
After your recovery, you and your new baby will move to a maternity room. We practice "rooming-in" because research indicates that keeping a baby with its mother is better for both mother and child as they get to know each other. This means you and your baby will remain in the same room throughout your stay.
All newborn care–including bathing and checking vital signs–takes place in your room, and family members are encouraged to participate. Your significant other is welcome to stay overnight and assist you with caring for your new baby. During this time, your patient care team will support you and your baby as you get to know each other and recover.
Our expert nursing staff members receive training and certification in specific lifesaving procedures, so you can count on them to know your baby's body and how to respond quickly to unexpected or challenging situations.
If you plan to breastfeed your baby, our certified lactation consultants will help get you started comfortably and confidently.
For Babies Who Need Extra Care
If your baby needs additional observation or care, our birth services include our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Learn more about our special services for moms and babies after your baby is born.
Preregister for Your Delivery
Expectant moms should preregister with the hospital as they enter the seventh month of pregnancy. To save time, you can preregister online.
While you're in labor, your significant other may visit you at any time. Additional visitors may be permitted at your bedside with your obstetrician's approval.
After your baby's born, your friends and family may visit at any time, but it's important to balance your desire to share this important event with others and your need for rest, nursing care and time with your baby. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted unless they are the newborn's siblings. Visitors who have a communicable disease, such as a cold or flu, and those who have been exposed to one in the past two weeks may not visit the maternity and baby care areas.
Our comfortable waiting rooms provide ample space for additional well-wishers. All visitors must check in at the nurses' station to obtain a visitor badge.