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Maternity: Frequently Asked Questions

Valet parking is available M-F for patients.
Open 24/7 at the mothers discretion. Recognizing the importance of bonding with newborns, a support person of your choice is welcome to stay overnight. Our maternity staff encourages family and close friends to visit. However, proper rest for both you and your baby is important so we ask that visitors come between 9:00am and 9:00pm We recommend that healthy siblings be the only children visiting. Individuals with colds or other illnesses are strongly discouraged from visiting during your stay.
When you think you are in labor or your water breaks, call your obstetrician immediately. He or she will notify us to prepare for your arrival. When you arrive at the hospital, you may use the main hospital entrance Mon - Fri: 6:00am - 8:00pm, or the Emergency Room entrance after hours. The Maternity Services Department is on the third floor. Upon your arrival our staff will greet you and escort you to a suite where your labor status will be assessed. It is best to discuss with your obstetrician in advance who you would like present during the delivery. During labor, other family and friends are welcome to wait in our comfortable waiting area.
Yes, there are lactation services 7 days a week from 9am-5pm that will be able to help and educate.
A birth certificate must be completed and submitted to the Broward County Health Department and the Office of Vital Statistics for all newborns born in the hospital or newborns brought to the hospital immediately following birth. We encourage you to provide all the information needed and complete the paternity affidavit (if necessary). A representative from the Medical Records Department will visit you after your delivery to begin the process. The social security number will be sent to you by mail within eight weeks.
NICU stands for "Neonatal Intensive Care Unit." Level III is the highest designation possible by the state of Florida, which means Baby Steps at Northwest Medical Center offers the most extensive medical services possible for premature babies and babies at-risk babies. In fact, Northwest Medical Center is the only Level III NICU in Northern Broward County Florida.