You and your partner or coach can use Entrance "A" and come directly to The Joyce Stock Snuggery, located on the second floor. If you arrive at the Hospital between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., come through the Emergency Room Entrance. Upon check-in let them know that you were sent by your Obstetrician/Midwife and are to go to The Joyce Stock Snuggery. The Maternity Unit will be notified and someone will accompany you to the Unit.

Once at The Joyce Stock Snuggery, you will be greeted at the front desk and a nurse will take you to your room for a preliminary examination and to assess your progress. If your doctor has not yet been notified, we will do so at this time. Please remember to provide us with a copy of your Birth Plan at this time.

You will be admitted to a private room, where you will remain for your delivery and throughout your entire Hospital stay. Please note that, on rare occasions, the large number of women giving birth on a given day may necessitate that you share a room following your delivery. Should this happen, we will make every effort to return you to a private room as soon as possible. You may choose to labor in The Joyce Stock Snuggery's newly refurbished Birthing Tub Room, provided it is not already in use.

The Joyce Stock Snuggery rooms are spacious and you will have the freedom to be up and walking around during labor. A nurse will continue to assess you regularly and keep your doctor or midwife apprised of your progress. Please feel free to ask questions at any time. We are open to any type of pain control options that are available. During early labor, we encourage showering, walking, rocking in our glider chair, utilizing breathing techniques, and resting. Pain medication, anesthetic blocks and tub laboring are available, following discussion with your health care provider, once your labor has progressed and you are in an active pattern. Epidural anesthesia is available at The Joyce Stock Snuggery 24 hours per day.

While you are in labor, you may choose up to 3 support people to be with you. This is for both safety and privacy reasons for you as well as other laboring families. Support people age 14 and younger must first attend our "Sibling Attended Birth" class.

In preparation for your delivery, all necessary equipment will be brought into your room. A nurse will attend to your needs, and assist you and your doctor or midwife in delivering your baby.

Photography and videotaping are not permitted during your delivery, during anesthetic procedures or in the Operating Room.

In the first hour after delivery, visitors are asked to remain in the waiting area to facilitate a recovery and bonding time for your new family.

The Joyce Stock Snuggery announces each new baby's arrival with a special chime played throughout the Hospital.