Preparing for Labor and Delivery
Pre-register with hospital
We deliver at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46237 and Community Hospital South, 1402 East County Line Road South, Indianapolis, IN 46227. One of our providers is on-call at all times. Please pre-register before you are in labor as this will make admitting you to the hospital smoother. You may schedule a tour of the birthing suites at your convenience through the childbirth department.
If desired, there are several options to provide pain relief while you are in labor. We are supportive of whatever you choose.
Nubain – This narcotic is given through injection or IV and helps take the edge off strong contractions. This medication can make you sleepy. We avoid giving this near delivery time.
Epidural – This safe and popular option is administered by an anesthetist and requires a fine, thin catheter or tube to be placed in your back during active labor. Medicine slowly drips through the tubing to provide pain relief throughout labor. It is removed after delivery.
Local – Many patients deliver without pain medication. Sometimes we need to give a small injection of numbing medicine for stitches called lidocaine. It feels like a small pinprick.
Research cord blood banking
Your baby’s blood is a valuable source of cells that could be used by your baby or another family member to treat some life-threatening diseases. It can easily and safely be obtained immediately after delivery. Parents can choose to have their baby’s blood saved; however the decision must be made before birth. Insurance does not generally cover this. If interested, you can order a kit through the various cord blood banking companies and bring it with you to delivery. In some cases, cord blood can be donated through an agency of your choosing (well in advance).
Attend educational courses
There are educational courses on labor and delivery, breastfeeding, infant CPR and baby care available. Consider these classes especially if you are a first time parent!
Choose a doctor for your baby
You will need to decide on a doctor for your baby (Pediatrician) by the time you deliver. The hospital will send your baby’s information and test results to your chosen doctor. Your baby is commonly seen within 1 week after birth. You will need to contact the doctor’s office prior to delivery and make sure they are accepting your insurance and are taking new patients. We can provide you with a list of doctors if you have trouble locating one.
Obtain and install a car seat
You must have a car seat installed in your vehicle before taking baby home. By law, children must be in a
federally approved, properly installed, crash-tested car seat for every trip in the car beginning with the trip home from the hospital.
Learn more about breastfeeding
Human milk is perfectly designed nutrition for babies. Babies who are breastfed statistically have fewer infections and are hospitalized less. Mothers that breastfeed burn 500 calories a day which can help lose extra weight and reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. After delivery, the nurses and a lactation specialist are there to assist you breastfeeding.