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Maternity Suites Questions & Answers

Where do I enter the hospital to get to OB?

Every day between 5:30 am and 8:00 pm, you will enter through the North Tower in the back of the hospital. From there, you will take the elevators in the lobby up to the 3rd floor which is the Labor & Delivery waiting area. If you arrive after 8:30 pm and before 5:30 am, please enter through the Emergency Department and we will bring you to Labor and Delivery.

Will someone be in the lobby to greet me?

There are volunteers stationed in the main lobby during normal business house to direct you to the elevators. When you exit the elevators on the 3rd floor, there will be an intercom to call the secretary located inside the locked OB unit to notify us of your arrival.

Where and when can I pre-register?

Preregistration may be completed in the lobby of the North Tower. Preregistration hours are 7:30 am-4:00 pm. Preregistration may be completed at any time during your pregnancy. Preregistration forms are also available online at These forms may be completed and faxed to 352-597-3081 or delivered to the North Tower registration department.

Can my other children spend the night?

Minor children may remain with you during your hospital stay; however, another adult must be present at all times to care for them.

What can my partner eat while I am in the hospital?

Our cafeteria is located on the first floor of the South Tower and is open 7 days a week. Monday through Friday, lunch is served 11:00 am-1:30 pm and dinner is served 5:00 pm-6:30 pm. During Saturday and Sunday, lunch is served from 11:30 am-1:00 pm and dinner is served 4:30 pm-5:30 pm. There is also a Subway which is open 7 days a week between the hours 7:00 am-10:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 7:00 am-8:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. It is located on campus in the South Tower Hernando Medical Offices Entrance. Off-site food purchases may be brought on campus at any time.

What is the visitation policy?

Visitors are welcome at The Maternity Suites 24/7 as we promote family-centered care; however, we ask that our patients limit their visitors during evening hours to be respectful of the other laboring and/or resting mothers.

How many people can be in my room for delivery?

For a vaginal delivery, it is at the discretion of the patient how many visitors she would like in the room at the time of birth. We ask, however, that all visitors be respectful of the patient’s atmosphere as well as the medical staff who are assisting the mother.

May I smoke during my hospital stay?

Oak Hill Hospital is a tobacco/smoking free campus. This applies to all areas of the campus, including the parking lot and all vehicles on the property. Smoking includes cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any substance which is burned with the purpose of inhalation.

May I videotape my birth?

Videotaping and photography are encouraged to preserve those special memories. We ask that videotaping and photography cease for the actual delivery and may resume once your provider and nurse approves it. Please contain photography to your room to protect the privacy of others.

How many of my visitors can come with me in the operating room for a C-section?

Only one visitor is allowed inside the surgical suite during a cesarean section. Other visitors may remain in the patient’s room or in The Maternity Suites waiting area.

May I bring my own food/items from home?

You may bring your own food items from home as long as they comply with your provider’s orders for your diet. All of our postpartum suites are furnished with mini-refrigerators.

Can I wear my own gown?

Hospital gowns will be provided; however, you may also bring your own gowns to wear during labor, delivery and postpartum. We recommend that you wear something which allows you to be easily accessible for fetal monitoring, labor checks, delivery, breastfeeding, and epidural placement if desired.

Can I walk while I am in labor?

At Oak Hill Maternity Suites we are fully supportive of ambulation and position changes to facilitate labor, but at the discretion of your provider. We offer wireless fetal monitoring for patients who wish to be ambulatory but require continuous monitoring.

Do you offer cord blood banking?

Cord blood banking is not offered through Oak Hill Hospital; however, patients may make arrangements with outside vendors prior to arrival and bring all supplies to their birth. Our nurses and physicians will facilitate obtaining any specimens necessary for the cord blood banking and will help you with the collection process.

Can my baby stay with me at all times?

Yes. We support and encourage newborns ‘rooming-in’ with their family. Any and all medical assessments or procedures will be performed in the family’s room at the mother’s bedside.

How long will I stay after delivery?

An average hospital stay for an uncomplicated vaginal delivery and healthy newborn is anywhere between 1-2 days after delivery. An average hospital stay for a standard cesarean section is 2-3 days. If either the mother or newborn is discharged sooner than the other, both may remain in the hospital room together until able to return home together.

Can I keep my placenta?

Placentas may be taken home with the patient after signing a release form.

Do you have lactation services?

We have a full-time certified lactation consultant on staff at our Maternity Suites to assist our patients with breastfeeding. Our nurses will also be able to assist mothers with latching and breastfeeding education.

What if my baby is sick or preterm?

Oak Hill Hospital’s Maternity Suites has a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner available 24/7. However, infants born at less than 35weeks gestation or requiring higher level care will be transferred to a neighboring facility with NICU services.