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Checklist for Expectant Parents

You’ve read all the books, taken birthing classes, and decorated the nursery. Now there’s just one last thing you need to do: plan ahead for your stay at Virginia Hospital Center and figure out which comforts of home to bring with you. Here is a recommended checklist to help you be more prepared when it’s time to go to the Hospital.

Pre-Admission & Insurance Information

  • Complete the Pre-Admission Questionnaire any time before the expectant mom’s predicted due date. Register Online or Download PDF
  • Precertification should be completed by your OB/GYN prior to delivery. Contact your insurance company to verify that Virginia Hospital Center is in your network. If you are self-pay or uninsured, please call 703.558.6227. Read more

Patient Portal

Our Patient Portal is a free online service that allows you to view, save or print your medical information. If you wish to access your newborn’s record, the easiest way is to make sure you indicate this on the form provided by the newborn Birth Certificate Registrar after you deliver while you are still in the Hospital. Read more 

Select Your Pediatrician

If you do not designate a private pediatrician, your baby will be seen by a pediatrician from Children’s National Health System during your stay. You will receive a separate bill from the pediatrician for his/her services.

What to Bring in the Car

  • A plastic bag (in case of nausea)
  • A thick bath towel (in case your water breaks)

Arriving at the Hospital

  • Expectant moms in labor should be dropped off in the Women & Infant Health Center Lobby at 1701 N George Mason Drive. Security officer or volunteer on duty 24/7. Patients and visitors arriving after 8:00 pm will need to show a government-issued photo ID to the security officer on duty.
  • Curbside parking, marked “Labor & Delivery,” is available in front of 1701 building. Temporary parking permit required and may be picked up from the volunteer or security officer in the 1701 lobby.
  • After dropping off mom, partner and/or visitors should park in Zone C Parking.
  • Mom and partner should take 1701 lobby elevators to the third floor and check-in at the Labor & Delivery nurses station. If mom cannot wait for her partner to return, a staff member will direct her partner to Labor & Delivery.
  • You will need your photo ID and insurance card to sign paperwork upon arrival at Labor & Delivery.

What to Bring to the Hospital for Labor

Pack a bag with items you want to have with you during labor.

  • Camera
  • Music
  • Extra pillow from home (in a colorful pillowcase)
  • Lamaze focal point
  • Glasses (it is not recommended to wear or bring contact lenses)

What to Bring to the Hospital for After Delivery

Pack a bag with everything you need for your Hospital stay after the baby is born. This bag should stay in the car until you have moved from Labor & Delivery to your private postpartum room.

  • Robe and slippers (optional)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant)
  • Hair dryer
  • Maternity clothes for the the trip home
  • Comfortable shoes (your feet may swell)
  • Nursing bra (be fitted for a bra at about 36 weeks)

Preparing to Bring Baby Home

  • Pack a going-home outfit (a sleeper with legs and feet is best, even in summer).
  • Install the car seat before you arrive at the Hospital for the trip home.
  • Know how to use the car seat. Practice strapping a stuffed animal in the seat in advance.
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Where to Find Us
  • Address:
    1701 N George Mason Dr.
    First Floor
    Arlington, VA 22205
  • Location
  • Zone C Parking
  • Campus Map

    Visiting hours are from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily (hours subject to change). Mom’s partner can spend the night, and should bring sleeping clothes and toiletries if they plan to do so. Siblings must be accompanied by an adult (other than mommy) while visiting.

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