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Preparing for Labor


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As your pregnancy advances, you will be thinking more and more about labor and birth. Hopefully, you have already registered for prenatal classes to learn more about when to come to the hospital, what to expect during labor and birth, and how to care for your new baby. 

If you have not yet chosen a doctor for your baby, you should do so as soon as possible. This can be a Pediatrician or a Family Practice doctor.  You will need to give the doctor's name when you pre-register and when you are admitted in labor.

If you have not yet pre-registered for your hospital stay, you can complete pre-registration online or ask for a form from your doctor's office.

Map your route to the hospital

Find the quickest and easiest route from your house to the hospital. Visit our Locations & Maps page for more information. 

Parking for Labor & Delivery: If it is during daytime hours, plan to park in the North Parking Deck and enter through the North hospital entrance. The "gold" elevators are to the right of the information desk and Labor & Delivery is located on the 1st floor. If it is after 9:00 pm, you will need to enter the hospital through the south Emergency Room entrance, then proceed to Labor & Delivery entrance. Click here for a campus map.

Growth Zone Construction Update: Edward is adding a two-story addition to care for our growing patient population. The expansion will be completed in late 2013 and will include a new intensive care unit (24 beds). Parking and pedestrian traffic on the Edward Hospital campus will be affected during this construction. Please let your visitors know. See below for instructions on how visitors can get to the first floor and second floor of Mother/Baby.

Information for visitors

Visitors during labor are at the discretion of the patient, depending on your condition. During labor, you are allowed to have up to 4 visitors/support persons in the labor room.  However, only 2 support people are allowed in the room during delivery.  In the event of Cesarean delivery, one person designated by the mother may support her in the Operating Room & recovery area, unless general anesthesia is used. 

Parking for visitors for Mother/Baby – Park in the South Parking Garage and enter through the south lobby.

First Floor Mother/Baby is located to the left of the South Lobby. For Second Floor Mother/Baby, the elevators are currently closed for construction.  Please take the stairs outside of the first floor Mother/Baby unit. You will need to press the buzzer to enter the unit.

Need elevator access/assistance to Second Floor Mother/Baby? If you or a visitor will need elevator access or assistance to access the second floor of Mother/Baby, park in the North Parking Garage. Enter through the north lobby and stop at the information desk. A staff member will escort you or your visitor to the second floor of Mother/Baby.

Visiting Hours & Policies
If you desire to have your older child(ren) visit you during labor, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult (not your support person). If you wish them to attend the birth of their new sibling, you must have written permission from your OB doctor for the child(ren) to be present at the birth and the family must take the Sibling at Birth class prior to labor. Call (630) 527-6363 for more information and to register for this individualized class with a childbirth instructor. 

After your baby is born, we encourage mom to hold her baby skin-to-skin and to initiate breastfeeding during the first hour.  Skin-to-skin bonding has important health benefits for baby and may help breastfeeding get off to a better start.  For this reason, we discourage visitors during the first hour after birth.

Pre-labor checklist & hospital packing list: download our printable pre-labor checklist and packing list of things to bring to the hospital.

When to come to the hospital
Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any of these Warning Signs at any time during your pregnancy or if you experience Signs of Preterm Labor prior to your 37th week of pregnancy. 

Your doctor will tell you when to come to the hospital when you are in labor. For most first-time parents, you will be asked to wait at home until labor is well-established-usually when contractions are about 5 minutes apart. For more information on how to tell if you are in labor, see Signs of True Labor in our Pregnancy Health Library.


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