Maternity Services FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing where you will deliver your baby is an important decision. Each Scripps maternity department offers unique experiences while providing the same level of quality care for both you and your baby. Below are some frequently asked questions about delivering your baby at Scripps.

Should I register before my delivery?

Yes. By registering before your delivery we can process all necessary paperwork, including notifying your insurance company. Registration paperwork is available at your doctor’s office. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID with you to the hospital.

What should I pack for the hospital?

It’s important to pack your photo ID, your insurance plan and your hospital paperwork in preparation for delivery. Other items to pack include a change of clothes, clothes for your new baby and clothes for your support person.

Will I go through labor and delivery in the same room?

Yes. At all Scripps maternity units you will experience labor, delivery and recovery in the same room with the exception of C-section (cesarean section) deliveries or any delivery where surgical care is required. These deliveries will take place in an operating room within the maternity unit.

What kind of birth plans can I have?

We respect your right to have alternative birth plans. Many common birthing plans can be accommodated in our hospitals.

How many people can I have in the room for delivery?

The number of people allowed in the room for vaginal deliveries varies per hospital site. Talk to your doctor to discuss your options. For all vaginal deliveries a support person will be allowed in the room with you. For C-section deliveries at all locations, only one person will be allowed to accompany you.

How long do I stay in the recovery?

Your time in recovery will depend on the type of delivery and anesthesia used. Most women stay an average of two hours before being moved to a postpartum room.

What type of room is available for my postpartum stay?

Postpartum rooms vary by hospital.

Will there be staff available to help me breastfeed right after delivery?

Yes! All Scripps maternity units encourage and support your decision to breastfeed.

Can my support person stay overnight with me in the hospital?

In most cases, your support person may stay with you overnight.

How soon will my baby and I be discharged?

This will vary depending on the medical condition of you and your baby. It may be recommended that the baby stay in the hospital after you have been discharged. Ask your obstetrician regarding specific concerns about your length of stay and health insurance allowances. Be sure you are aware of what your insurance covers to avoid unexpected, out-of-pocket costs. Hospital stays for a vaginal birth are 48 hours or less and 96 hours or less following a cesarean birth. Discharge time is calculated from delivery time.

Should I choose the pediatrician before my baby is born?

It is strongly recommended that you select a pediatrician for your baby before you deliver. Scripps recommends you begin looking for a pediatrician approximately 27-29 weeks into your pregnancy.

Can children visit?

Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times by a visiting adult. Children who have not received their childhood vaccines should not visit. Visitation policies are subject to change during flu season.

What are visiting hours?

Visiting hours and regulations may vary by hospital. All locations allow the support person to visit 24 hours a day. See our locations for more information. Note: visiting hours may be altered during flu season.