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Frequently Asked Questions
Santiam Hospital Nurses are available 24 hours a day to help answer questions and concerns. 503.769.9200
When should I come to the hospital?When you think labor is beginning, time your contractions. Mild contractions usually begin at 15-20 minutes apart and last 45-60 seconds each. Once you reach active labor (strong contractions that are 3-5 minutes apart and last 60-90 seconds for at least an hour), it is time to make your way to the birth center. You should also head to the hospital if your water breaks, if your baby is less active than usual, if you start having regular contractions before 37 weeks, or if you have vaginal bleeding, severe headache, vision changes, pain in your upper abdomen, or abnormal swelling.
Should I call first?It is helpful if you call to let us know you're on your way. You can call your OB provider, or the hospital directly.
What are your visiting hours?Our standard visiting hours are from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, but we provide quiet time for our new families from 1-3pm to promote bonding and rest.
How long should we expect to stay in the hospital?After a vaginal delivery, you can expect a stay of approximately 24-48 hours. Standard stays after a c-section are 48 hours to 3 days.
Can I walk around during labor?Yes! We offer a telemetry monitor that allows you to be completely mobile while continuing to monitor your labor.
What should I bring?Here are some items that can help make you more comfortable during and after labor:
- Comfortable socks, clothing, or your favorite pillow
- Your own music, movies, books, and other entertainment you enjoy
- Optional labor items
- A coming-home outfit for yourself and for your baby
- Change of clothes & toiletries
- List of contact names
- Birth plan
- Reading material or other entertainment
- Gifts for mom and baby
- Car seat
The hospital will provide blankets, onesies, diapers, wipes, and pacifiers for your baby during your stay.
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