Preparing for Delivery


As you prepare for the hospital to deliver your baby, you may want to pack ahead the following items for your comfort.

  • Robe and slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Medications you are currently taking
  • Insurance card
  • Camera
  • Going home outfit and receiving blanket for the infant
  • Comfortable outfit (with support bra) for mom's trip home
  • Car seat properly installed to take baby home


Please be aware that state law requires a federally approved car safety seat for transporting your infant. For more information follow this link to our health and wellness calendar for a Car Seat Safety Checks for a location near you. calendar/month

It is best that you arrange for a responsible adult to bring you to the hospital and drive you home.

For parking and facility information visit the links below:

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Carilion New River Valley Medical Center


You should always call your doctor with any pregnancy-related concerns (e.g., labor, bleeding, pain or ruptured membranes). Your doctor can assist you in determining the time that you should come to the hospital.


To help us with your birthing experience, please think about whom you would like with you during the sensitive time periods surrounding birth. When you are admitted to the hospital to have your baby, the nurse will ask you for the names of persons you wish to have with you during the following important times. This will help us provide the privacy that you require while honoring your wishes. These periods are:

  • Labor: This can be a lengthy period. Many women have a support person who stays all the time but may also want others to be able to "visit" periodically.
  • Delivery (the actual birth of your baby): Additional hospital personnel and equipment may be needed during this time so the room will be more crowded.
  • Bonding (the first hour after birth): This is a time when your nurses will be doing frequent assessments of you and your baby. It is also the best time to start breast-feeding. Most infants experience an alert state in the first hour following birth. This alert state is followed by a deep sleep. Breast-feeding is a learned experience, so it is best to take advantage of the infant's natural alertness immediately after birth to begin this learning process of feeding and bonding. Some mothers find it distracting to have numerous family and friends present during this period. During the bonding period, your nurse will suggest ways to keep the baby warm. One of the best ways to do this is what we call 'skin to skin' contact, which can be done whether you breast- or bottle feed.

Occasionally, circumstances may arise in which family and/or visitors will be asked to leave your room. Please make sure that they are aware of the possibility.


If you already have children, you may be concerned about how they will handle the baby's arrival. Here are some tips to help you prepare your other children:

  • Talk to them often and about the new baby
  • Spend quality one-on-one time with each child before the baby is born
  • Take them to the ultrasound so they can see the baby living inside you.
  • Ask them to suggest names or nicknames for the baby
  • Let them help decorate the nursery
  • Take them on a tour of the hospital you have chosen for your delivery.

Anything you can do to help your child(ren) prepare for the new baby will make the transition smoother.

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