After you deliver
After you deliver, you will be able to celebrate and recover with your family in the mother/baby healing environment. We encourage baby to remain with you throughout your stay and try to limit separation for procedures and assessments. You will have the same registered nurse for you and your newborn to provide a family centered approach to care. Our nurses have specialized training in breastfeeding, newborn, and postpartum care.
Room service and celebration meal
Our room service provides on-order meals and snacks from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Meals are served fresh within 45 minutes after you place your order. We recognize the importance of this special family occasion and want to celebrate with you. During your stay, we offer a celebration meal for you and your support person. You may call any time during room service hours to have this special celebration meal catered.
After you deliver, you will need to fill out the birth certificate worksheet return it to our caregivers before leaving the hospital. We will then submit it to the State Vital Statistics Office. To obtain a copy of the birth certificate after you are discharged, you may go to any registrar’s office in South Dakota or send in the appropriate paperwork that is attached to the worksheet. The birth certificate will be available from the State of South Dakota approximately two weeks after you leave the hospital.
Social security card
If you want your baby to have a social security card, you may request one by checking the box on the birth certificate worksheet. If you request one on the birth certificate worksheet, it will arrive in the mail approximately eight weeks after you leave the hospital.
If you are single and want the father's name listed on the birth certificate, mother and father must sign an affidavit with a notary present. Both parents will be required to show photo identification. Information for this process will be explained by our caregivers and a video is available for you to view when you are admitted and/or after your baby is born. We are able to provide the notary service free of charge during business hours.
Proof of birth
If you request a proof of birth, we can provide you with one before you leave the hospital. Please discuss this with our caregivers.
Visitation and quiet time
During your short stay with us, we encourage you to get plenty of rest and enjoy this special time with your new baby. You may want to consider asking family and friends to wait a day or two before visiting to allow for your rest and recuperation. We can support your requests to limit visitors. We will provide education, support, and comfort to help you and your baby prepare to go home.
Preparing to go home
We will begin preparing for your transition to home throughout your stay to ensure you have all the information and support you need to care for you and your new baby. Discharge is based on doctor's orders and patient's condition. Many mothers and newborns are discharged 24-48 hours post-delivery. Once discharge orders have been completed from mother’s doctor and baby’s doctor, and we will be able to review the discharge instructions with you. You will receive written discharge instructions as well as additional resources for more information and help at home.
Items to complete prior to leaving the hospital
- Watch instructional video at the hospital
- Provide a car seat for baby
- Complete birth certificate worksheet
- Complete paternity affidavit if applicable
- Once baby has reached the age of 24 hours a neonatal screening test will be drawn from baby's blood