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What to expect and how to prepare

Before your delivery


We encourage you to pre-register before the seventh month of pregnancy. Pre-registration can be completed in person or online. 

To register in person, please visit our Hello Desk in the main lobby at Marian Regional Medical Center, Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4 PM. Your identification and insurance cards will be required. No appointment is necessary.

Register Online


Select a pediatrician

Select and make contact with a pediatrician for your new baby. The pediatrician will see your baby before you leave the hospital.


Find a Doctor

Pack for the hospital

Before the big day, pack a bag with everything you think you'll need at the hospital so that you're ready to go as soon as your baby is ready to arrive.

Here’s a list of suggested items to include: 

For mom
  • Insurance card 
  • Identification card 
  • Birth plan 
  • Clothing for labor
  • Sleepwear, robe and slippers or socks
  • Clothes to wear home 
  • Lip balm 
  • Hair ties or headband
  • Toiletries
  • Pillow with colored pillowcase 
  • Personal items that may make you more comfortable or help you relax
  • Notepad or journal 
  • Baby book

For birth partner

  • Change of clothes
  • Sleepwear
  • Toiletries 
  • Camera and charger
  • Cell phone charger
  • Snacks and/or cash/card for vending machines 
  • Sleeping bag
  • Something to read or watch

For baby

  • Baby nail file or clippers
  • Clothes to wear home and for photos
  • Baby blanket
  • Infant car seat properly and securely placed in the car 

Delivery day

Here are some important things to know for your delivery day:



Patient/visitor parking is located in front of the hospital.



Please use the main hospital entrance. After hours or if the main lobby is closed, please use the Emergency Department entrance. 



Check-in at our Hello Desk in the main lobby or in the Emergency Department after hours.

During your stay

Your care

Here are some important points to remember during your hospital stay:

  • We ask that you and your loved ones wear a mask when a member of our staff is in your room. Employees are required to wear a mask. 
  • Please confirm the current visitation policy with your nurse, as it is subject to change. 
  • If you have questions about your care, please don’t hesitate to ask your nurse.

Your room

We want you to be comfortable during your stay:

  • Please use your call light when you need assistance or have a question.
  • Your nurse will show you how to adjust the lights and blinds in your room.
  • You can adjust the temperature in your room to 68° - 75°. Your nurse will show you how to make the room warmer or cooler.
  • Environmental services will clean your room daily. Notify your nurse if your room needs additional services.

Food services

Your nurse will go over meal selections. Choose the daily meal or order personal choices. Ask for extra vegetables, fruit, or food selections. Food times may vary. Ask your nurse if you need a snack in between meals.

You may bring your own food and store it in our Family Pantry as long as it is sealed by the manufacturer. Please label your food with your name, your date of birth, your room number, and the date the item was placed in the Family Pantry. Once an item has been opened, it must be consumed or stored elsewhere. It cannot be returned to the Family Pantry for storage.

Newborn screenings and care

Your nurse will talk with you about the newborn screenings and care that will be performed before your baby goes home. Please discuss any questions or concerns about these screenings with your pediatrician. 

Newborn screenings and care include: 

How:  Prophylactic eye ointment
Why: State required
When: Per parent preference
How:  Injection 
Why: Prevent Vitamin K deficiency, bleeding
When: Approximately two hours after birth
How: Injection
Why: To prevent Hepatitis B 
When: Per parent preference
Birth Certificate
How: Paperwork 
Why: Register birth of baby 
When: Any time before you go home 
Hearing Screen
How: Earphones 
Why: To identify hearing loss 
When: Approximately 4-24 hours after birth 
Newborn Cardiac Screen (CCHD/O2) 
How: Sensor wrapped around baby’s hand and foot 
Why: To measure oxygen heart rate and oxygen levels 
When: Approximately 24 hours after birth

Newborn Screen (PKU) 
How: Heel stick 
Why: To identify rare conditions
When: Approximately 12-48 hours after birth
Jaundice Screen (Hyperbilirubinemia/bili)
How: Skin scan or heel stick 
Why: Screen for buildup of bilirubin 
When: Approximately 24 hours after birth and six hours before discharge 
If you choose to have your baby circumcised, arrangements must be made with your pediatrician or obstetrician in advance.

Day of discharge

Before you leave the hospital you will be given a variety of educational materials to help you care for yourself and your baby.

For Mother 

On the day of discharge, your provider will come into your room and confirm your discharge order. The nurse will check your vital signs two hours before you are discharged and will review the educational materials with you to ensure you understand warning signs to watch for and know when to call your provider.

For Newborn

Your provider will confirm your newborn’s discharge order. The nurse will then remove the cord clamp, and complete the newborn screenings and care to ensure your newborn is safe to go home. The nurse will review the educational materials with you so that you know how to take your baby’s temperature and know what warning signs to look for and when to call your provider.


Marian Regional Medical Center
Postpartum Home Visit Program 
(844) 479-6608

“Baby-Safe”—Infant Safety and CPR Classes
(805) 349-2229

Parenting Classes (by Allan Hancock College)
(805) 349-2229

Home with Baby Class for New Parents
(805) 349-2229

Marian NewLife Program
Adoption, counseling, crisis pregnancy
(805) 349-2273

Welcome Every Baby Program
Newborn Home Visit/SOJOURN Services
(805) 614-9535 x13

WIC–Women, Infant, Children (Santa Maria Clinic)
(805) 346-8450

Catholic Charities
(805) 922-2059

Good Samaritan Services and First Steps
Assisting women and families with drug dependencies
(805) 346-8185

Children’s Resource and Referral Information Center
(805) 925-1989

Emergency Numbers


Poison Control Center
(800) 876-4766

Marian Regional Medical Center Emergency Room
(805) 790-9046

Health Department
(805) 436-5088

24-Hour Crisis Helpline
Crisis intervention and counseling, dealing with issues such as suicide, addiction, family problems, depression
(805) 928-5818