Expectant parents and siblings are encouraged to tour our birthing unit prior to your due date. To schedule a tour, please call 518-926-6095.
Pre-registration forms and your personal birth plan form are included in the packets that you receive at your doctor’s office. You should complete these forms and send them to The Joyce Stock Snuggery by the beginning of your eighth month of pregnancy. A self-addressed envelope is included in the packet. Your doctor or midwife will assist you in preparing your Birth Plan.
When you arrive at the Hospital, enter the Main Lot and look for the two expectant mother parking spaces in the front row. They’re marked by a sign adorned with a stork. Please note that these spots are only for use by women who are in labor. Once the soon-to-be-mom is settled in her room, the vehicle should be moved to a regular parking space. Click to view our parking map.
You and your partner or coach should use the West entrance and come directly to The Joyce Stock Snuggery, located on the second floor. If you arrive at the Hospital after hours, come through the Tower Lobby or Emergency Department Entrance. Upon check-in let them know that you were sent by your Obstetrician/Midwife and are to go to the birthing unit. The Joyce Stock Snuggery staff will be notified and someone will accompany you to the Unit.
Once on the unit, you will be greeted at the front desk and a nurse will take you to your room for a preliminary examination and to assess your progress. If your doctor has not yet been notified, we will do so at this time. Please remember to provide us with a copy of your birth plan at this time.
You will be admitted to a private room, where you will remain for your delivery and throughout your entire Hospital stay. Please note that, on rare occasions, the large number of women giving birth on a given day may necessitate that you share a room following your delivery. Should this happen, we will make every effort to return you to a private room as soon as possible. You may choose to labor in The Joyce Stock Snuggery’s newly refurbished Birthing Tub Room, provided it is not already in use.
The Joyce Stock Snuggery rooms are spacious and you will have the freedom to be up and walking around during labor. A nurse will continue to assess you regularly and keep your doctor or midwife apprised of your progress. Please feel free to ask questions at any time. We are open to any type of pain control options that are available. During early labor, we encourage showering, walking, rocking in our glider chair, utilizing breathing techniques, and resting. Pain medication, anesthetic blocks and tub laboring are available, following discussion with your health care provider, once your labor has progressed and you are in an active pattern. Epidural anesthesia is available at The Joyce Stock Snuggery 24 hours per day.
While you are in labor, you may choose up to 3 support people to be with you. This is for both safety and privacy reasons for you as well as other laboring families. Support people age 14 and younger must first attend our “Sibling Attended Birth” class.
In preparation for your delivery, all necessary equipment will be brought into your room. A nurse will attend to your needs, and assist you and your doctor or midwife in delivering your baby.
Photography and videotaping are not permitted during your delivery, during anesthetic procedures or in the Operating Room.
In the first hour after delivery, visitors are asked to remain in the waiting area to facilitate a recovery and bonding time for your new family.
The Joyce Stock Snuggery announces each new baby’s arrival with a special chime played throughout the Hospital.
The Joyce Stock Snuggery places a high priority on providing the support necessary for successful initiation of breastfeeding. We are proud to offer access to our Lactation Services made up of several Staff who have completed additional education and certifications specific to breastfeeding. These services are available before, during, and after your stay at Glens Falls Hospital.
Quiet Time for Moms & Babies
1:30pm – 3:30pm is Quiet Time on The Joyce Stock Snuggery to promote rest for mom & baby.
Visiting is suspended during that time. This is a time for you to rest without fear of being interrupted by visitors, nurses or anyone dropping in. We believe you need time to get to know your baby, breast feed, or just nap. This is your time out from the hectic routine of hospital. Your nurse will, of course, be available for any assistance you need.
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Meals for Moms
Meals are served three times per day. You can order your own meals from your room by calling extension 2614 before 9:00 am. for lunch and before 2:00 pm. for dinner. Nutritional services will assist you with your choices. A variety of juices, milk and soft drinks are available at all times by asking your nurse. Special snack packs with fruit, crackers and juice will be brought to your room soon after you deliver.
Patient nourishment is provided solely for patients. We invite your family and visitors to enjoy meals and refreshments from Au Bon Pain in the lobby of the Northwest Tower or from the Hospital Cafeteria in the Lower Lobby.
Videotaping and photographs are acceptable before and after – but not during – your delivery. Please limit your photography and videography to your baby and family only.
Bella Baby is the Hospital’s vendor for newborn baby portraits. Visit the Bella Life section of their webpage to view samples of their work.
The average stay for women having a vaginal delivery is 36-48 hours. For women having cesarean section, the average stay is four days. You may choose to leave the Hospital earlier if you prefer. You will want to talk with your physician or midwife about an early discharge.
Discharge time is 11:00am. Please plan to have a ride available at that time.
When you are ready to go home, you will be discharged directly from The Joyce Stock Snuggery. A staff member will accompany you to the main lobby and assist you with placing your baby in your car seat.
We will ask that the person driving you home bring the car to the Main Lobby ramp. We will escort your new family to the car and stay with you until your baby is safely secured in the car safety seat. (Please note, the proper placement and safety of the child in the seat are not the responsibility of Glens Falls Hospital.)
Car Seat Safety
State law requires that all infants be secured in an approved car safety seat. Please have your baby’s seat in your room at the time of discharge. If you do not have a safety seat, please notify your nurse as early as possible.
If your baby is born at 37 weeks or less, you will need to bring your safety seat to The Joyce Stock Snuggery to be checked before your baby is discharged.
After you have returned home, The Joyce Stock Snuggery staff will still be available to assist you. If you have a question, concern or just need reassurance about how to care for yourself or your baby, you can call The Joyce Stock Snuggery any time, day or night, at 518-926-6090.
For women who are breastfeeding, special support and information are available through our lactation clinic and our telephone consult line at 518-926-6104.