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Preparing For Your Pregnancy Stay at UPMC in South Central Pa.

Whether you pack your hospital bag weeks in advance or wait until labor begins, you should have a hospital plan in place. Although your hospital stay will only last a few days, you will want to have everything you need to keep you and your baby as comfortable as possible.

Before You Arrive

We recommend that you complete our prenatal checklist before arriving at the hospital. The checklist contains information about the baby’s pediatrician, any changes to your personal information, and information necessary to apply for your baby’s Social Security number.

Also, we recommend checking with your insurance provider before delivery to determine what services are covered and how much you are expected to pay out of pocket.

Make sure you've completed and submitted your pre-registration forms.

Pre-Registration

Online Maternity Patient Pre-Registration Form

Packing A Bag

It’s best to pack your hospital bag well in advance of your baby’s due date. The bag should contain items that will make you comfortable during your hospital stay, including:

  • Toiletries, such as mouthwash, shampoo, toothbrush, lotion, soap, deodorant, hairbrush, makeup, hair dryer, curling iron, etc.
  • A small amount of money
  • Comfortable, seasonally appropriate going-home outfits for you and your baby
  • Receiving blankets
  • An outfit for your baby’s hospital photo
  • Snacks for your labor partner
  • Lip balm
  • A portable music player with headphones
  • A shower cap
  • An infant car seat
  • Pajamas, a robe, underwear and nursing bras (if breastfeeding)
  • Socks or slippers
  • Anything that will make you more comfortable, such as extra pillows or a favorite blanket

Please do not bring valuables with you to the hospital. We also ask that you leave your suitcase and infant car seat in the car until after you have given birth and have been moved to the postpartum unit.

When You Arrive

If you believe that you are in labor, you should call your physician right away. After you arrive at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, check-in at the welcome center in the main hospital lobby. You will be directed to dedicated elevators that travel directly to Labor and Delivery on the eighth floor where your care team will greet you.

If you are in labor or need assistance when you arrive at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, your labor partner may temporarily park at the Emergency Department drop-off. After escorting you to your Labor and Delivery suite on the eighth floor, your partner will need to re-park in the patient/physician garage. If you are not in labor and do not need assistance upon arrival, please park in the patient/physician garage and proceed through the main lobby to the north elevators, which will take you to the eighth floor.

During Your Hospital Stay

After delivery, you can count on the knowledgeable, compassionate staff at UPMC Pinnacle to care for you and your baby during the first days of your baby's life. Our top priority is to provide the support you need to get your baby's life off to the healthiest possible start.

Your baby will room-in with you during your hospital stay, which means that he or she will spend a majority of the time in your private hospital room. Whenever possible, our nurses will care for you and your baby in your hospital room. In the event that your baby experiences any problems, our Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and newborn nursery staff will be ready to assist.

Your room will include a private shower and a sleeper chair for your partner or support person. If you have a vaginal delivery, you will usually stay in the hospital for two days. If your baby is delivered by cesarean section, you will usually stay in the hospital for three or four days.

Visitors

UPMC Pinnacle visiting hours for the Postpartum Unit are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Because you need extra rest and time to bond with your new baby, the postpartum unit at UPMC Pinnacle observes quiet time from 1-3 p.m. We will require that all visitors provide a photo ID. Without ID, there will be no admittance to our new Women and Babies Center. Your partner or support person can visit any time and will be given a wristband to wear. Other than siblings, children under age 12 are not permitted to visit. Although we offer generous visiting hours, we recommend limiting visitors to allow you and your baby to get the rest you need. For more information about visitors during your stay, click here.

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Locations

Maternal Fetal Medicine
Located at PinnacleHealth Alex Grass Medical Sciences Building
100 South 2nd Street
Suite 4B
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-231-8472
Fax: 717-231-8490

Maternity Center at UPMC Hanover
Located at UPMC Hanover
300 Highland Avenue
Third Floor
Hanover, PA 17331

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-316-2202
Labor and Delivery: 717-316-2198 

OBGYN of Lancaster
Part of OBGYN of Lancaster
300 Continental Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

OBGYN of Lancaster
Part of OBGYN of Lancaster
1575 Highlands Drive
Suite 101
Lititz, PA 17543

Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

OBGYN of Lancaster
Part of OBGYN of Lancaster
2125 Noll Drive
Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
2 Jennifer Court
Suite B
Carlisle, PA 17015

Phone: 717-218-9830
Fax: 717-218-9833

PinnacleHealth Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Part of PinnacleHealth Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
1 Trinity Drive East
Suite 110
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Phone: 717-432-3245
Fax: 717-703-5748

PinnacleHealth Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at PinnacleHealth Alex Grass Medical Sciences Building
100 South 2nd Street
Suite 4A
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-231-8341
Fax: 717-231-8705

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at Commerce Park Professional Center
20 Expedition Trail
Suite 203
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: 717-637-7755
Fax: 717-646-1991

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Part of Hanover Medical Group Ob-gyn
20 North Street
Hanover, PA 17331

Phone: 717-637-7755

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at Thistle Hill Professional Center
2030 Thistle Hill Drive
Suite 100
Spring Grove, PA 17362

Phone: 717-225-6170
Fax: 717-646-7438

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
1225 East Market Street
York, PA 17403

Phone: 717-845-9639
Fax: 717-699-1300

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
1880 Kenneth Road
Suite 3
York, PA 17408

Phone: 717-779-2612
Fax: 717-779-0019

The Women and Babies Center at Hollinger Tower
Located at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg
111 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-782-5213
Labor and Delivery: 717-782-5539

UPMC Carlisle Women's Center
Located at UPMC Carlisle
361 Alexander Spring Road
Carlisle, PA 17015

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-960-3414
Labor and Delivery: 717-960-1686

UPMC Lititz Women's Place
Located at UPMC Lititz
1500 Highlands Drive
Lititz, PA 17543

Maternity Pre-Registration: 717-625-5420
Labor and Delivery: 717-625-5428

UPMC Memorial Labor and Delivery
Located at UPMC Memorial
1701 Innovation Drive
York, PA 17408

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-815-2351
Labor and Delivery: 717-849-5650

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
Located at Medical Office Building 1
2025 Technology Parkway
Suite 309
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
Part of Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
1000 Evelyn Drive
South Wing
Millersburg, PA 17061

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
300 Bretz Court
Newport, PA 17074

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
Part of Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
4700 Union Deposit Road
Suite 140
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431 

PinnacleHealth Women's Outpatient Center
Located at Community Health Center
2645 North 3rd Street
4th floor
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-782-4700
Fax: 717-782-4710

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