Whether you are a first-time mom or you are preparing to welcome a new member to the family, your pregnancy and birth of your baby will be a unique experience. Here are 12 questions you need to ask the hospital when you are having your maternity ward tour. Here are 12 questions you need to ask the hospital when you are having your tour of the birthing center.

Yes. Our rooms are designed to provide you with a comfortable environment to meet your baby, and our Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Nurses are trained to care for you before, during, and after giving birth. Our Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses are highly skilled and experienced in the latest techniques to care for your baby. In addition, our comprehensive fetal monitoring system allows Nurses and other healthcare professionals to care for you with minimal interruptions to your rest.

The birth of your baby is an exciting time, so in order to help you and your family share this moment, you can choose to allow up to two support people into the labor and birth room with you. Also, we made accommodations for one adult to stay in the room with you overnight.

Little is more precious than the first moments you spend with your baby. To foster that special bond, Women's & Children's Hospital proudly offers Skin-to-Skin Bonding for at least one hour immediately after birth.

Should you or your baby require extra attention from our skilled, experienced professionals, there may be a need for Mom and Baby to be in separate rooms. However, Women's & Children's Hospital strongly encourages you and your baby spend as much time together as possible to foster their special bond.

Let's face it, Mom, there's a lot to know about breastfeeding. Have questions? We have answers. Our internationally certified team of Lactation Consultants is ready to assist seven days a week, even on holidays. Expecting and want to get a head start on breastfeeding your baby? Visit our online calendar and sign up for a free breastfeeding class.

The decision is yours if you would prefer to allow your child to receive formula and use pacifiers.

Absolutely! This is an exciting time of memories that will last a lifetime. You and your loved ones may choose to bring in a photographer to capture these special moments. Or, a photography service is available on-site.

Women's & Children's Hospital offers close, convenient parking for patients and visitors. You can find directions to the hospital and a campus map on our Locations page.

Committed to providing the most convenient methods to fulfill your health care needs, Women's & Children's Hospital offers Online Pre-Registration. Simply complete the 10-20 minute pre-registration form at least three (3) business days prior to your scheduled delivery to significantly reduce the amount of time you will need to spend registering on your special day.

Family and friends provide an integral part in the health and well-being of patients. That's why Women's & Children's Hospital encourages the presence and participation of visitors in our patients' care. They are valued partners in our care team. Visitation hours are observed daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hospital-grade Medela breast pumps are available, if requested or needed.

With more than 80,000 babies born under our skillful, compassionate watch since we opened in 1983 and the area's only dedicated unit providing intensive care for high-risk pregnancies, Women's & Children's Hospital is ready to meet your unique healthcare needs to help ensure you enjoy a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

We understand your feelings and dreams. That's why our well-trained, experienced team works so hard to ensure you never feel alone as you make this journey. Our physicians, nurses and sonographers will take the time to understand your concerns and explain results, risks and other important information in terms you can understand.