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Preparing for Labor and Delivery at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Prior to your delivery at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, please consult the list of suggestions below:

  • Please have a responsible and reliable adult accompany you to the hospital and drive you home.  Please do not bring children or infants with you to the hospital while you are in labor.
  • You may bring the following items to make you more comfortable
    1. Robe and slippers
    2. Toiletries
    3. Medications you are currently taking
    4. Insurance card
    5. Camera
    6. Going home outfit and receiving blanket for infant
    7. Comfortable outfit for mom’s trip home
  • State law requires a federally approved car safety seat for transporting your infant.

Assuring a Safe Birth Experience

Our goal is to assure a safe environment which promotes family-centered care while providing the personal and intimate birth experience you desire.  Carilion provides a security system in the hospital which permits access to family and friends, while at the same time providing you and your infant with the privacy and safety you desire.

The Family Waiting Room

There are family waiting areas located on both the labor and delivery and the post partum floors of the hospital.   Those waiting  for you in the waiting room will want to periodically check on you.  Direct phone access to the nursing station and your room is available outside each floor access.   Your support person  at the bedside can also easily call from your room and share updates with visitors who are waiting.

Sharing the Birthing Experience

To help us with your birthing experience, please begin thinking about who you would like with you during your labor experience.   When you are admitted to the hospital to have your baby, the nurse will ask you for the names of persons you wish to have with you during this important time.    These support people might be different for you based on the stage of your stay including:

  • Labor – This can be a lengthy period. Many women have a support person who stays all the time but may also want others to be able to “visit” periodically.
  • Giving birth – Additional hospital personnel and equipment will be needed and typically fewer support people are encouraged in the room at this time.
  • Kangaroo care –  During the first hour after birth, it is best to take advantage of the infant’s natural alertness to begin the learning process of feeding and bonding.  There will also be frequent assessments of you and your baby.   As it can be distracting to have numerous family and friends present during the first hour after birth, our mothers are encouraged to keep baby  “skin to skin”, with her new infant on her chest, for an hour after delivery.   Additional visitors are discouraged during this hour of "kangaroo care".  Please make friends and family aware of this practice protocol.
  • Couplet care – In keeping with our philosophy to promote healthy family beginnings, the Mother/Infant Unit will utilize a couplet-care model.  This evidence based approach cares for the pair as one, providing each mother and baby a single nurse provider every shift.  

When it Comes Time to Come to the Hospital

  • If you are coming to the hospital in labor or with a pregnancy-related complaint, please enter through the main doors of the hospital and go to the main check in desk.  Do not go to the emergency department unless you believe you are experiencing an acute emergency.   Note: You should always call your doctor or the office with any pregnancy related concerns (i.e. labor, bleeding, pain or ruptured membranes).   The hospital switchboard number is       981-7000.  Ask for the physicians to women on call doctor and this doctor will call you back.
  • If you are coming to the hospital for a scheduled induction or scheduled cesarean section delivery, enter the front drive of the hospital.  Valet parking is available Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at this front entrance.  Enter the South Front entrance and go to the Guest Services desk, where you will be directed to Patient Registration and then escorted to the Labor and Delivery unit (13th floor, South Pavilion).


From I-81

Take the I-581 exit. You will be heading south on I-581. Take the Elm Avenue exit. Turn right onto Elm Ave. After two blocks, turn left onto Jefferson Street. Continue on Jefferson Street to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

From 220

Take the 419 Franklin Road exit, turning right on Franklin. Proceed to McClanahan Street (which later turns into yellow Mountain Road), turn right and follow to the intersection of Jefferson Street. Turn left on Jefferson. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is on your right.