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Childbirth FAQ

Childbirth Education and the Johns Hopkins Hospital Birthing Center FAQs

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Do you offer tours and childbirth classes?

We offer tours and educational classes for childbirth preparation and breastfeeding. We also offer a video tour of our birthing center. Please visit the Childbirth Education website to learn more about the pricing and what’s included with all of our classes and tours.

Please Note: The links above are for classes at The Johns Hopkins Hospital campus. To view information about classes at the Bayview campus, please click here.

Can I be reimbursed by my insurance company for attending a childbirth education class?

As all insurance companies are different and all plans cover different services, please call your insurance provider to find out whether you are eligible for reimbursement.

Where should I go when I arrive at the hospital?

Please visit our website for information regarding where to go when you are in labor.

What should I bring with me for my hospital stay?

We recommend bringing a robe, breastfeeding bra (if desired), panties (we provide disposable mesh panties, if needed), baby clothing including undershirt, hat, blanket (weather appropriate; for taking pictures or when leaving for home), your own pillow from home (we do supply pillows but you may be most comfortable with yours), toiletries (we offer soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, sanitary napkins, although you may prefer to bring your own), infant approved car seat.

Who can stay with me during my labor, delivery and recovery?

On Zayed 8 East (Labor & Delivery), all visitors must be over the age of 18. In your triage room, you may have 1 visitor at a time. In your labor room, you may have 2-3 visitors at a time. Visiting hours are 24/7 on Labor & Delivery.

On Zayed 8 West (Maternity Inpatient), all visitors must be over the age of 18. In your post-partum room you may have up to 5 visitors at a time. Siblings of your newborn may visit if they are 2+ years old (during flu season, the age restriction for siblings is 16+ years old). Siblings of the newborn must have a supervising adult over the age of 18 at all times. Visiting hours are 10am-10pm daily, however, you may have 1 visitor (over the age of 18) stay overnight with you.

What if I need an epidural?

Should you need or request an epidural, your obstetrician will decide the optimal time in your labor process. Our OB Anesthesiology Team is on stand-by on our unit 24/7.

What if I need a C-Section?

The Birthing Center has three state-of-the-art, fully equipped operating rooms nestled between the Labor & Delivery unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Your labor coach or significant other may accompany you.

What if my baby needs special care?

In the unlikely event that your child requires specialized care after birth, he or she will be taken immediately to the NICU and attended by our Johns Hopkins pediatric intensive care team.

I’m having trouble nursing my baby, who can I call for help?

All of our maternal and child nurses are trained to you assist you with breastfeeding. Our certified IBCLC Lactation Consultants are also available and can be reached at 410-502-3221, even after you have taken your baby home.

What do I need to take my baby home?

Please bring a going-home outfit for your baby, including a weather-appropriate blanket and hat. Also, have someone bring your infant car seat to your room before you leave.

*If you have any further questions, please email The Childbirth Education team is comprised of an administrative coordinator and several of our registered nurses whom work on the unit and also instruct our childbirth education classes. A member of the Childbirth Education team will respond to your email within 3 business days.