FAQs: Maternal Child Health

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Are your rooms private?
Yes! All Labor & Delivery and Maternity rooms are private for the comfort of you and your family.

How soon after birth do mother and newborn go home?
For a vaginal delivery, the mother and baby go home within 48 hours after delivery, or 2 days. For women having a cesarean section, mom and baby go home 72-96 hours after delivery, or 3-4 days. Discharge is decided by the mom’s doctor and the baby’s doctor. After those decisions are made, the nurses review discharge instructions for both, check the baby in the car seat and then you’re ready to go. We encourage families to have plans in place for timely rides home once discharge decisions are made.

How are the quality ratings for the Birthing Center by birth parents?
Lawrence General’s Birthing Center is consistently ranked by parents as the highest rated Birthing Center in the immediate region, and by far.

What if an emergency happens?
Our physicians and nurses are highly trained to deal with common emergencies for mothers and babies and react promptly should the need arise.

How do we obtain the birth certificate and social security number for our baby?
While you are here in the Hospital, you will be asked to complete a birth certificate worksheet which the Birth Registrar will review; she then creates a document for you to sign to complete the birth certificate. She also files for the baby’s social security number. The completed authorized birth certificate may be picked up at Town Hall in about two weeks. The social security card is mailed directly to your home.

What should I bring with me for my delivery?
Feel free to bring personal items like toiletries, robe and slippers for yourself, along with pajamas or nightgown. Also bring an outfit and appropriate outerwear for your baby for taking him/her home.

Will my baby have photos taken?
Lawrence General Hospital partners with Mom365 to offer parents the opportunity to capture their baby’s first photograph. These no-obligation photography sessions are available in the comfort of your hospital room. You can choose if you wish to have your child’s picture taken and you are not required to purchase any photos.

What are visiting hours?
Currently in Labor and Delivery, we encourage one or two support people of the mom’s choosing to be with her in labor and through delivery. After delivery, you can have other visitors join you. Children are welcome with the understanding that at least one adult, that is not the patient, is responsible for them at all times. We observe quiet times on the units between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.