Packing for Your Hospital Stay
Many expectant mothers pack a few weeks before their baby is due. Consider including several nightgowns, a bathrobe, slippers, undergarments, toiletries and clothes for you and your baby to wear home. If you plan to breastfeed, remember to pack nursing gowns and bras. Many mothers like the comfort of an extra pillow from home, as well as other personal items. Please be sure to leave valuables, including jewelry, at home, as we cannot be held responsible for their protection.
Getting to Know You
We want to devote all of our energy to you and your baby, and ask that you tell us about yourself by completing necessary paperwork prior to your arrival. Please call us at (850) 747-7918 and we will send you a form by mail. Your physician may also give you the forms to complete.
Once completed, please mail or deliver to:
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center
449 W 23rd St
Panama City, FL 32405
Or, fax this information to us at (850) 747-7874.
We are open Mon – Fri: 5:00am – 7:00pm and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
When You are In Labor
If you think you may be in labor and/or if your water breaks or begins to leak, call your doctor immediately. During the day, you can enter through the hospital’s front entrance or through the Emergency Department entrance and proceed to the second floor, where the Labor and Delivery Department is located. From 10:00pm – 5:00am, you can enter the hospital only through the Emergency Department entrance. If you need assistance, please notify our Staff and they will escort you to the Labor and Delivery Department to be examined. If it is determined that you are in labor, you will be admitted to the hospital to have your baby.
Preparing for Planned Cesarean Deliveries
You will be given a time to arrive at the hospital that may be several hours prior to your scheduled surgery. This will allow for your lab work to be completed and your nurse to prepare you for surgery. Report to the Labor and Delivery Department on the second floor for registration and a staff member will direct you from there.