Hospital and Delivery
At the Hospital
At St. Mary’s, your labor and delivery experience can be tailored to your individual needs and desires. We work with you to account for your individual and family traditions, customs, and beliefs and incorporate them into your baby’s birth. Combined with our extensive experience, this personalized approach yields high-quality care that starts your baby’s life off on the right foot. Our nursing staff has more than 100 years of collective experience. Mother and baby each have their own skilled nurse, who will provide expert, specialized care throughout your stay. In addition, as part of the CHI Health system we collaborate with other hospitals to deliver a higher level of care when needed for your special delivery.
Hospital Bag Checklist
Especially for first-time parents, packing a hospital bag can be difficult. Our handy checklist will help you make sure you’ve got all the basics ready to go.
- Robe, slippers, and pajamas
- Cosmetics and deodorant
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, and hair care items
- Comfortable clothes
- Breastfeeding supplies
- Paper and writing utensils
- Lamaze manual
- Talcum powder or lotion
- Lip balm or lip gloss
- Eyeglasses or contact lens case
- Camera, video camera, battery/charger
- MP3 player, magazine or light reading material, CDs or DVDs
- Phone numbers, insurance card, and photo ID
- Birth ball and tools for back labor
- Cell phone charger
- Personal pillow, if you prefer
Items for Baby
- Car seat—please bring to your room
- Going home outfit
- Blanket and a diaper bag
Going Into Labor
If you’re unsure of what to do after you go into labor, follow these steps. Please note: If your situation is an emergency, you should go to the emergency department (on the North side of the hospital) or call 911.
- Call ahead to St. Mary’s (402) 873-3321. We will prepare for your arrival.
- When you arrive, come in the main entrance on the North side of the building and proceed to admissions.
- A registered nurse will care for you and will notify your provider of your progress.
- If you arrive at St. Mary’s after normal hours, please proceed to the emergency department directly to the right inside the main entrance of the hospital.
Managing Pain During Labor
You should discuss your pain management options with your health care provider before delivery. The best approach will depend on your preferences, recommendations from your provider, and how your labor progresses. Our goal is to provide the environment that best meets your needs and expectations.
After your baby’s birth, we will help you get settled in your postpartum suite, and a nurse will teach you about postpartum self-care, nutrition, and other matters. An infant care nurse will also help you learn about bathing, cord care, feeding, and circumcision care, if needed.
Your newest family member will join you in your room so you can continue getting to know each other. We encourage you to make decisions and be involved in your baby’s care while at the hospital.