Planning Guide

We want to make sure you know what to plan for throughout your pregnancy experience. You can use this planning guide to assist you in every step of the way.

1st Trimester (weeks 1-12) 

  • Visit physician
  • Start/continue prenatal vitamins

2nd Trimester (weeks 13–24) 

  • Register for prenatal classes during your fourth month by calling (765) 456-5000
  • Mail obstetrical preadmission form by your sixth month
  • Contact insurance company to verify benefits, coverage, deductibles, etc.
  • Keep physician appointments
  • Tour the hospital facility if you are not taking childbirth classes by calling the unit at (765) 456-5030

3rd Trimester (weeks 25–40) 

  • Attend childbirth classes
  • Plan driving route to St.Joseph Hospital
  • Keep physician appointments
  • Post physician phone numbers (day and night) by phone
  • Select a St.Joseph pediatrician for the baby
  • Pack your bag
  • Purchase infant car seat and read car owner manual prior to purchasing

During Labor and Delivery 

  • Experienced and knowledgeable nursing staff to monitor your labor and delivery process
  • Anesthesia services available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
  • Fully adjustable birthing beds for labor and delivery
  • You will remain in one of our labor/delivery/recovery rooms throughout your labor and delivery, and for the initial recovery period
  • Support persons are welcome as desired throughout the birthing process. We suggest a maximum of three visitors
  • If an emergency arises, an OB physician is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to assist with your needs
  • Most complications can be safely managed here, but if the need arises we have ready access to the St.Vincent Carmel's High Risk Labor & Delivery unit and Indianapolis' St.Vincent Women's Hospital.

After Delivery 

  • Staff will ensure that mom and baby are doing well, providing plenty of time for mothers to bond with baby.
  • Brahm’s Lullaby is played on the hospital intercom in celebration of each baby’s birth.
  • A breast-feeding help line is provided to assist mothers

Especially for baby 

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby shirt
  • Blankets
  • Formula and bottles
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Q-tips
  • Bulb syringe
  • Hat
  • Pacifier
  • Crib

Breast Feeding Help Line: (765) 456-5655

The breast-feeding help line can assist mothers who have questions or concerns about breastfeeding after returning home from the hospital. Please leave a message at (765) 456-5655, and a nurse will respond to your concerns within 48 hours. If the concern is urgent, please contact your physician.