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A Guide for Your Stay

We hope the following information helps make your special day at Baptist Health Louisville go smoothly – both for you – and your family and friends. If there's a question you have that isn't answered below, please call our Information Center at (502) 897-8131 or send us an email at

Cameras and photography
Bring the camera and video camera to capture those first moments after baby’s birth. Once the baby is born, and your physician says everything is OK, you may photograph or videotape. Photography or videotaping of medical procedures – including the actual birth – is not allowed.

After a C-section, only still photography is allowed.

LDR 'etiquette'
Upon admission, you will be asked to select one primary support person. Your support person will be encouraged to remain with you throughout your labor and delivery. Baptist Health Louisville also welcomes doulas, who may be hired by the mom-to-be to provide additional emotional support while giving birth.

In addition to your support person, you may have two other persons visit you at a time. Big brothers and big sisters are allowed in the LDR, if supervised at all times by an adult other than the patient or the support person. The visitors may take turns coming into the LDR, trading places with those in the Family Waiting Room provided at the entrance to the department.

Visitors may be asked to leave the LDR if complications are anticipated or develop.

Once the baby is born, other visitors may be allowed in the LDR, with your permission. They can even hold the baby after washing their hands thoroughly.

If a Caesarean-section is required, your support person may attend the procedure if approved by your obstetrician. Your support person can remain with you in the Recovery Room.

A neonatologist, who specializes in caring for ill newborns, will also attend all C-section deliveries.

More about visitors
Patients have the freedom to limit their visitors or request privacy at any time.

Unless you've requested no visitors, your other children and their grandparents can visit you and the new baby on the Mother/Baby Unit at any time. All other visitors to either the LDRs or the Mother/Baby Unit must be age 12 or older, and stop by between 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Fathers are not considered visitors and may be with you and the baby whenever possible.

Baptist Health Louisville staff will assist you in filling out the necessary paperwork to receive a birth certificate and Social Security number for the new baby. You'll be provided a birth certificate form at the hospital to complete.

If the mother and father are not married to each other, they can complete a voluntary paternity form while the mother is still in the hospital. The father's name will be listed on the birth certificate and he will be established as the legal father. This may entitle the child to benefits such as insurance, Social Security and veteran's benefits. The form should be completed before you leave the hospital. For more information, call the Kentucky Paternity Acknowledgement Program toll-free at 1-888-675-7425.

When it comes time to go home, mom and the new baby will get a wheelchair ride to the discharge exit. Check out time is 12:30 p.m. Don’t forget a "going home" outfit for the baby. The all-important infant car seat should be ready in the back seat of the car. And the baby will be given some baby care samples to get you off to a good start.

Again, if there are any questions you still have about your stay at Baptist Health Louisville, please call our Information Center at (502) 897-8131 or send  an e-mail at