Preparing for Your Stay

Thank you for choosing Archbold Memorial Hospital as your baby’s birthplace.

Baby’s Doctor

The pediatrician on call for the Pediatric Center will provide care for your infant unless you have a different doctor selected to care for your infant. If you have special concerns, please contact their office at 229.226.7544.


During main lobby hours, please visit our registration desk conveniently located behind the main information desk centrally located in the main lobby of Archbold Memorial Hospital. After hours, please use the entrance within the Emergency Department.

Driving Directions and Parking

Please use the driving directions located on our convenient Hospitals & Locations page here:

Visitor parking is located in the main parking area in the front of Archbold Memorial Hospital. There is also visitor parking located in the East Tower lot at the corner of Mimosa Drive and Pastime Drive.

Labor Bag

You are welcome to bring any items you need to keep you comfortable in labor. We will give you a gown in the Labor and Delivery area.

Consider packing the following items:

  • 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
  • Please remove all jewelry and body piercings and leave at home

Labor and Delivery and Maternity Visiting Guidelines

We welcome your family and friends to come and enjoy this special time with you and your family. Please read below carefully for our visitors policy.

Our visiting was designed above all to protect the health and wellbeing of mothers and newborns in our care. Adult visitors who are not ill are welcome between 10am and 8:30pm. The newborn’s siblings, any age, may visit with an adult. Other children who visit must be 12 years old and supervised.


Skin-to-skin means your baby is placed belly-down, directly on your chest, right after they are born. Your care provider dries them off, puts on a hat, covers them with a warm blanket and places them on your chest. The first hours of snuggling skin-to-skin let you and your baby get to know each other. Skin-to-skin contact also has important health benefits. If the infant needs to meet the pediatrician first, or if you deliver by c-section, you can unwrap them and cuddle shortly after birth. Newborns crave skin-to-skin contact, but it’s sometimes overwhelming for the new mom. It’s ok to start slowly as you get to know your baby.

Staying in Your Room

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 warmth, comfort and security. The staff is here to answer your questions and teach you about caring for your baby.

Preparing to Go Home

Obstetrics and pediatrics will be involved in the discharge of you and your baby on the day you go home. Your infant’s car seat must be brought to the hospital on discharge day.

Maternity Bag

Pack your suitcase and baby’s bag before you come to the hospital. They can be brought in after you have delivered and are in your room.

For you:

  • Brush/comb
  • Deoderant
  • Blow dryer
  • Two supportive bras
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Clothes to wear home

For baby:

  • Two or three diapers
  • Cotton shirt
  • Receiving blanket
  • 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