Prior to Discharge
Most women with vaginal deliveries will stay 1–2 nights following the delivery. Women with cesarean section deliveries usually stay 2–3 nights. Discharge times vary as both mother and baby need to be seen and cleared by their provider prior to going home. Your nurse is the best person to ask. They will also know what needs to be completed before you are able to be discharged. Be sure to make arrangements for a ride to take you home. Planning ahead will help make the day you leave the hospital an enjoyable experience.
Below is a checklist for you to prepare for leaving the hospital:
For Mother to have completed:
- Birth certificate and/or paternity papers if you are not married
- Screening for mood disorders
- Any necessary medications or immunizations given (ask your nurse/provider if any apply to you)
- Tdap vaccine
- MMR vaccine
- Flu vaccine
For Baby to have completed:
- State required Newborn Screenings (after 24 hours of age)
- Hearing Screening
- Newborn Metabolic Screening
- Congenital Heart Defect Screening
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (if requested)
- Baby pictures (if requested)
- Male circumcision (if requested)
- Skin test screening for jaundice (TC Bilirubin level)
Our staff wants you to feel prepared and confident in taking care of yourself and/or your new baby, so education pieces will be reviewed throughout your stay.
It is always a good idea to have your Car Seat at the hospital. You will need to have a car seat to take your newborn home. Illinois law requires that all children under the age of four be strapped in a car seat when travelling by car (visit www.buckleupillinois.org). This website also provides information on correct installation of your car seat in your car and places you can go to have it checked. This should be done prior to coming to the hospital to give birth. Once you have given birth, bring the car seat to your room the day before you are discharged so that you have time to adjust the straps correctly for baby, if needed. This may also save your loved one an extra trip home on the day of discharge to pick up a forgotten car seat. For more information about Illinois car seat laws, contact the Illinois Department of Transportation at (217) 782-5865 or visit www.buckleupillinois.org.
Birth certificates are not automatically mailed to you, there is a fee. You can obtain certified copies with proper identification a few days after the birth of your baby from these two locations:
Champaign-Urbana Health District
201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign IL 61820
Brookens Administrative Center
1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana, IL 61802
Social Security Number
There is no charge for a Social Security Number. The easiest way to apply for a social security number for your baby is to have the hospital do it for you as they complete the birth certificate. You do not have to have a social security number to get one for your baby. You do not have to get a social security number for your baby. If applied at the hospital, once processed, the Social Security Administration will mail the card to you. Please allow up to six to eight weeks for processing. You can go to the Social Security Administration Office to apply for a card yourself. Call to find out what documents to bring.
Social Security Administration
101 S. Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
Please call the WIC office after your baby is born.
A biological parent or foster parent (with proof of DCFS placement) must come in and sign consent forms. No proxies. You will need to bring the following items:
- Proof of income (two pay stubs or 30 days of income, Medical Card or SSI)
- Proof of residency (current Medical Card or piece of mail)
- WIC ID card
- Proof of birth (hospital crib card, birth certificate, ID bracelet or application for Social Security card)
Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. If you have questions or problems with breastfeeding, please contact the WIC office at (217) 531-4304 or our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at (217) 417-8529.
WIC currently offers Enfamil ® formula products. These products include Enfamil ® Lipil, ProSofee ® Lipil and Gentlease ® Lipil. If you need another formula, not listed above, due to a medical condition, the formula may be provided to you by WIC. Proper documentation is required to obtain these formulas. Your physician must complete a WIC Formula and Medical Prescriptions form, which can be brought to the WIC office, to receive vouchers for formula. This form should include:
- Name of client/DOB
- Name of formula
- Diagnosis and ICD-9 code
- Doctor/nurse signature
- Amount needed daily
- Indication that WIC foods are/are not allowed
If you have any questions about formula or what documentation to bring to activate your baby, please call the numbers listed above.
On Your Way Home
For your convenience and comfort, we will provide a wheelchair for mom and a cart for transporting all your belongings to your car at the time of discharge. If you have received many flowers and gifts, you may want to send some of these home with a family member or friend before you leave the hospital. When you are ready to leave, you will be transported to your car in a wheelchair with the baby in y our arms or with the baby riding in the car seat. The person driving you home should pull up in the circle drive at the hospital’s entrance on Orchard Street.
Help at Home
After discharge, new parents often have questions about recovery for the baby’s health. Call your baby’s provider during office hours or call our Patient Advisory Services at (217) 383-3233 after the provider’s office is closed.
Having a new baby is one of life’s most exciting events. It can be overwhelming – juggling the needs of a new baby and adjusting to the increased demands on you and your family’s time and energy. Every parent or family member may feel worried or have concerns as they adjust to their life at home.
To help you, we have provided helpful local resources and phone numbers you may need to utilize once you leave the hospital.