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Compassionate Maternity Care


Having a Baby at Howard County General Hospital

Having a baby is a unique and special time in a woman's life, and at Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, we do everything possible to make that experience safe, comfortable and happy.



Preparing for Baby

  • Pre-registration (with this form) is encouraged to save you precious time at check-in when you are in labor. Upon arrival at the hospital, patients must register to check that all personal and medical information is correct.

    Please return the completed form and a copy of your insurance card to:

    Howard County General Hospital
    Admitting / Registration
    5755 Cedar Lane
    Columbia, MD 21044

  • In order to make your stay here more comfortable when coming to deliver your baby, please bring the following items with you:

    • Toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, comb, brush
    • Robe
    • Breastfeeding bra (if desired)
    • If breastfeeding: Lanolin nipple cream
    • Underwear (we also have disposable mesh panties, if needed)
    • Baby clothing including undershirt, hat, blanket (weather appropriate; for taking pictures or when leaving for home)
    • INFANT, not toddler, approved car seat installed in car
  • View a campus map highlighting pregnancy-related services including contact numbers.

  • Requests for still photography should be made with your physician  or nurse midwife in advance of your delivery. Still photography is allowed, as directed by your physician or nurse midwife, in the following locations: labor room, birthing/delivery room and operating room.

    Still photography is at the discretion of your physician or nurse midwife. You and your family must comply if they request discontinuing the use of photography devices. Video recording is NOT permitted in the labor, birthing/delivery and operating rooms until you have received approval by our delivery staff AND are in the postpartum phase. Photos and videos may be taken in the privacy of your postpartum room. Visitors must have consent from the newborn’s parents or guardians for newborn or bereavement photography.

  • Updated 9/12/22 - Visitor level green: More open to visits

    • Up to two care partners may visit at the same time and are permitted for labor, delivery and duration of the birth parent’s hospital stay.
    • Children under 16 years old may visit if accompanied by an adult care partner. All care partners are required to present a government-issued ID at a front desk.
    • Care partners may rotate during visiting hours. To prevent overcrowding in waiting areas, “care partner exchange” must occur outside the hospital or in lobby areas.
    • One certified or registered doula is permitted for labor and non-surgical delivery.
    • One care partner OR one certified or registered doula is allowed in the operating room during surgical delivery.
  • Find answers to all of your questions on our Mothers and Babies FAQ page.


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