Welcome guide – What to expect when delivering at Providence
Providence is dedicated to caring for the physical health of each mother and infant while strengthening the emotional bonds of families as they welcome their newest member.
Choose a doctor for your baby.
We recommend choosing a primary care provider for your baby
before the baby is born. The provider can be a pediatrician, family
practice physician or nurse practitioner. For help in selecting this
provider, you may call Providence Resource Line at 503-574-6595
Is your suitcase packed?
A week or two before your due date, you should pack an overnight
bag with items for your hospital stay:
- Bra (nursing style if you plan to breast feed your baby)
- Clothes to wear home
For you: comfortable clothes that fit during mid-pregnancy
For baby: blankets, infant-size sleepers, gown, etc.
- Cosmetics, toiletries
- Personal comfort items
- Infant car seat
Please leave all valuables, such as jewelry, credit cards and cash
over $5, at home.
Is it time?
Please call your doctor or midwife before coming to the hospital. He or she
can help you decide if it’s time for you to come to the hospital. When you
arrive, we will evaluate your progress and notify your provider.
It’s time to come to the hospital when any of the following occurs:
- Your bag of water breaks.
- You have a bloody show similar to starting your period.
- Contractions occur every four to five minutes for more than an hour.
- Fetal movement has decreased.
- Your care provider instructs you to do so.
If you and your baby are healthy, it is best to stay pregnant until
at least 39 weeks. To support the best care for you and your baby,
Providence wants to ensure that if patients or providers wish to schedule
a delivery (cesarean section or induction) that does not have a medical
reason, it is scheduled when you are at least 39 weeks along.
When you enter the hospital, we will pull your pre-admission
records. Hospital staff will escort you to the maternity unit if you
enter through an alternate entrance. For your safety, we ask that you
ride in the wheelchair provided.
Please use the Emergency Department entrance after hours or any
time your situation is urgent.
Your room is ready.
You will have an attractive room in which to labor. Each room has a
private bathroom, portable bed for your baby, sleeping couch for your
husband or support person, phone, TV and overhead stereo system.
Each room is equipped for a safe, vaginal birth. If you need a cesarean
section, you will be taken to a nearby surgery suite.
Who will be with you during labor and delivery?
You may invite your husband, partner, support person or a family
member to stay with you during labor and delivery. If it becomes
necessary to deliver your baby by cesarean section, one support
person may accompany you to surgery if you will be awake, and
may stay with you during the first hour of your recovery.
Providence provides a tobacco-free environment.
All Providence Health & Services campuses and buildings are
tobacco-free. This includes indoor and outdoor areas in our
hospitals and clinics.
About visitors and visiting hours
We welcome your visitors in the maternity unit. You can decide who
may visit you and your baby. Children may participate in the hospital
experience and hold the new baby if you wish.
After 9 p.m., visitors should be quiet and respectful of others’ need for
rest. We recommend you limit your own visitors during this time to
aid in your recovery.
Please advise family and friends who are ill, or who have recently been
exposed to a communicable disease, to stay home and refrain from
visiting. Everyone, including you, should wash his or her hands before
touching the baby.
Visitors may bring or send small gifts, flowers and mylar balloons.
The hospital is a latex-reduced environment, and latex balloons
should not be brought to the hospital campus.
Please note: For the privacy and safety of all our patients, visitors should
remain in the maternity center, hospital lobby or other public areas
instead of waiting in hallways in patient care areas when they are not
visiting you in your room.
What’s for dinner?
Room service is available throughout the day, with orders usually
arriving within 45 minutes from the time the order is placed. Family
and friends may purchase snacks, beverages or meals and bring the
items back to the room in the maternity center.
Get to know your baby.
We encourage you to touch and hold your baby as much as you desire.
Our staff can help you learn to hold, feed, diaper, swaddle and dress
your baby. We will, however, always try to respect your needs and
wishes for privacy and rest.
Newborn hearing screening
The first two years of a child’s life are the most important for speech and
language development. Babies learn by imitating. They learn to talk by
imitating the sounds they hear. That’s why it’s important to detect hearing
problems early. The state of Oregon requires that all newborns be given
a hearing screening soon after they are born.
What about circumcision?
If you have a boy baby and you wish to have him circumcised, tell your
care provider. Your care provider will usually perform the procedure
before you leave the hospital. A professional fee will be charged for the
procedure. Because some care providers require prepayment, you should
make arrangements with your provider ahead of time.
We’ll help with paperwork.
Hospital staff will help you complete birth certificate forms according
to state requirements. If you wish, they will also file an application for
your baby’s Social Security number.
If you are unmarried and want the baby’s father’s name to appear
on the birth certificate, you and the father must sign a paternity
affidavit in the presence of a hospital staff member. The hospital
will submit this affidavit to the state along with the birth certificate.
How long will you be in the hospital?
The answer varies with each patient. Generally, new mothers can safely
return to the comfort of their own home shortly after giving birth,
usually within 36 to 72 hours. Before you go home, your care provider
will examine you. If you are not medically ready to go home, you will
be encouraged to stay and continue receiving the care you need.
Before you go home
Your nurse will help you complete any remaining paperwork and will
review instructions with you on caring for yourself and your baby.
Someone will need to drive you home. You should not drive a vehicle
for several days after delivery.
Hospital staff will escort you to your car. Oregon state law requires
that babies travel in approved infant restraint seats. Before your
baby is born, be sure you have an approved car seat. Practice using
it and securing it correctly in your car. This is extremely important
to your baby’s safety and welfare. Hospital staff are not certified to
install your car seat.
Know your medical insurance.
Before your baby is born, know what your insurance plan covers.
Nurses cannot answer insurance questions. You will need to know:
- If preauthorization is required for maternity services
- If the plan covers both you and your baby
- Whether a follow-up home visit is covered
Childbirth and parenting classes
Classes are offered through Providence Health Education Services.
Popular classes include childbirth preparation, breast feeding, infant care
and infant CPR. For class information visit Health and Fitness Classes.