Most normal stays for a vaginal delivery are 24-48 hours. If you have a Cesarean delivery your stay is generally 2-3 days.

While you are in the hospital you will be given 2 videos to watch, “Hospital to Home” and “Better Breastfeeding”. “Hospital to Home” give instructions on taking care of your new baby as well as yourself. “Better Breastfeeding” gives you helpful information about latching, frequency of feedings, and how you know your baby is getting enough breast milk. Our goal is to make sure you are comfortable and confident in taking care of the baby and yourself when you get home.

Before you leave your nurse will give you instructions on how to care for yourself and your baby and answer any questions your might have. It is important to leave us a phone number where you will be during the first week after your discharge so that we can call and check on you and your baby. Please feel free to call us at anytime with questions. Phone number is 521-1116.

Because you and your baby have different doctors you may be released to go home at different times. If your baby is not released at the same as you, it usually means that state required blood and hearing tests or a requested circumcision have not been completed and your baby will be released as soon as these are done. If your baby needs to stay for additional care after you are discharged, you may stay in your suite and continue to receive meals through our “Bed & Breakfast Program” at no additional charge as long as rooms are available.

Information you should have available to fill out your birth certificate:
City, County, State of birth for both parents
Social Security number for both parents
Address and phone number for both parents
If a father is not going to be listed on the birth certificate then the information above is only needed for the mother.

The Birth Certificate will be completed and filed with the State before you leave. For unwed parents, the State requires a paternity affidavit to be filed before the name or any other personal information about the baby’s father is listed on the Birth Certificate. This form must be completed in the Hospital within 72 hours after birth. Both the mother and father must be present and both must sign the paternity affidavit in the presence of a Notary Public. We provide a Notary Public if you have the paternity affidavit signed while you are in the Hospital. Please visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/2010/title16/ar37/ch2.html to read the Indiana Paternity Affidavit law. If you have additional questions, contact an attorney. The person signing the PA as the father must have a picture ID.

If the baby’s father is unable to come to the Hospital before you’re discharged, the initial Birth Certificate will be completed and filed without the father’s name. It can be amended and the paternity affidavit may be completed at the Henry County Health Department at any later time when the baby’s father is able to be present.