Birthing Center at Grady General Hospital

The moment your child enters the world is one of the most important and memorable
experiences of your life. The highly-qualified healthcare professionals at Grady General’s
Birthing Center provide expert medical care in a comfortable environment. Each member of our
obstetrics staff is dedicated to giving the care and support you need during this very special
time.


Why families choose The Birthing Center at Grady General
● Highly qualified physicians and trained nurses
● Private labor and delivery suites and comfortable accommodations
● Rooming-in/mother-baby care options
● Advanced infant security systems to keep moms and babies safe

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PREPARING FOR YOUR STAY

Below are answers to some common questions regarding labor and delivery at The Birthing
Center at Grady General.


What should I bring?
You are welcome to bring any items you need to keep you comfortable during labor. Your bags
can be brought in once you are settled in your hospital room.
Many mothers find the following items that can be helpful during labor:
● Lip balm
● Your favorite pillow
● Water bottle
● Phone and chargers for electronic devices
● Insurance card, driver’s license
● Birth plan
● Music (MP3 player, tablet)
● Headphones
● Eyeglasses
● Flip flops or slippers
● Robe for walking in the hallway
● Watch with second hand to time contractions
● Lollipops, hard candies

Personal Packing Items for Mom:
● Brush/comb
● Deodorant
● Blow dryer
● Two supportive bras
● Pajamas to wear after labor and delivery
● Toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste)
● Clothes to wear home


Packing Items for Baby:
● Two or three diapers
● Cotton shirt
● Nightgown or one-piece pajamas
● Lightweight receiving blanket
● In cold weather: a hat, heavy blanket

Please leave the following items at home:
● Jewelry
● Large sums of cash
● Credit cards
● Other valuables

Where should I go when I arrive at the hospital for labor?
Please arrive at the Emergency Department entrance.


Where is The Birthing Center at Grady General located?
For driving directions, please click here.

Where do I park?
The patient and visitor parking lot is located in the main parking area in front of Grady General
Hospital.


What should I expect after my baby is born?
Skin-to-Skin Contact
Immediately after birth, your care provider will dry your baby off, place a hat on their
head, and cover them with a warm blanket just before placing them on your chest for a
few hours of snuggling skin-to-skin contact. If the infant needs to meet the pediatrician
first, or if you deliver by c-section, you will have the chance to cuddle shortly after birth.

Newborns crave skin-to-skin contact, the practice of having your naked baby lay on your
bare chest as much as possible. It’s important to understand that sometimes this can be
overwhelming for a new mom. It’s perfectly fine to start slowly with skin-to-skin contact
as you get to know your new baby and you get comfortable with each other.


Rooming-in
Rather than go to a hospital nursery, your baby will stay in your room with you following
birth. This will allow you to learn your baby’s needs and give your baby the warmth,
security, and comfort that is after birth.


Preparing to Go Home
The doctor caring for you and for your baby will be involved in your discharge from the hospital.
Your infant’s car seat must be brought to the hospital on discharge day, so you can safely
transport your baby home.


Birthing Center Visiting Guidelines
We welcome your family and friends to come and enjoy this special time with you and your
family. Adult visitors who are not ill are welcome between 10am and 8:30pm. The newborn’s
siblings, any age, may visit with an adult. We currently are not allowing any children under the age of 18, unless they are siblings.

Our visitation policy is subject to change due to COVID-19, etc.