For Expectant Parents

Before the Arrival Date

Getting “Storked” simply means pre-registering for your hospital delivery. When you are at least five months (20 weeks) pregnant, you should come to the admitting department at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. You will need to bring your insurance card with you. Admitting is located on the first floor of the hospital. Hours for storking are 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. Call 731-541-4900 for more information.


We encourage expectant parents to tour the hospital’s obstetrical facilities before admission, preferably before the eighth month of your pregnancy.  If you are participating in prepared childbirth class or siblings class, a tour is included with the class.  For more information about a tour or to sign up for a class call 731-541-6448.

Go the Full 40

Your baby needs a full 40 weeks of pregnancy to grow and develop. While being done with pregnancy may seem tempting, especially during those last few weeks, inducing labor is associated with increased risks including prematurity, cesarean surgery, hemorrhage and infection. Labor should only be induced for medical reasons—not for convenience or scheduling concerns. Baby will let you know when she’s ready to emerge. Click here for 40 reasons to go at least the full 40 weeks of pregnancy.

Decisions Before You Deliver

Medical provider — Once your baby arrives, he or she will need a medical provider. It helps to decide ahead of time which doctor or clinic will be taking care of your baby.

Select baby names — If you have already chosen a name, you can complete baby’s birth certificate and social security number application quickly and easily in the hospital. Birth certificate information MUST be completed before discharge.

Circumcision for baby boys — Circumcision is the surgical removal of part of the foreskin of the penis. The decision regarding circumcising a son is a personal one, and parents are encouraged to discuss this decision with their obstetric and pediatric health care providers.

Planning for Your Stay / What to Bring

Please bring only items that are essential, such as:

  • Maternity or nursing bra
  • Personal toiletry articles
  • Nightclothes, bathrobe, slippers
  • Eyeglasses
  • List of current medications
  • Clothing and blanket for the baby to wear on the day of discharge
  • Non-skid slippers or warm socks
  • Massage tools that relax you
  • Music/CD player (if you’d like)
  • Snacks and beverages (for Dad)
  • Chargers for cell phones, cameras
  • Loose-fitting outfit for your trip home
  • Car seat for baby’s first ride-to comply with Tennessee’s Child Passenger Laws, you will need to bring an infant carseat with you to the hospital.  Please be familiar with the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper seat installation.

While you are Here

Services for You and Baby

Infant photos  Professional photography is available in your room to capture the magic of your baby’s first photos.   

Newborn screenings and Vaccinations — Screening tests and vaccinations will be based on requirements of the Tennessee Department of  Health and your pediatric health care provider.

Hearing Screening — As part of our routine care,  and based on requirements from the Tennessee Department of Health, all babies born will receive a hearing screen test before being discharged from the hospital.

Lactation services

Hospital Education Channel — Channel 16

Birth Certificate Information

Going Home

At last, the day you have waited for… the day you take your new baby home! Your physician, baby’s physician and nurses will work with you in planning for this special day. Our nurses will review care instructions with you prior to going home.We wish you and your new family the very best!   

Patient Discharge Information Sheet

Get Your Body Back After Baby

Well Baby Discharge — Caring for Your Child at Home

Safe Sleep Sacks for Babies                                               

Every baby born at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital will receive a free safe sleep sack to take home. These  cozy alternatives to blankets are a gift from the Ayers Children’s Medical Center and will hopefully decrease the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

In addition to the safe sleep sacks, every parent will go home with the ABC’s of Safe Sleep:  Babies should Sleep Alone, on their Back, in a Crib.  Statistics show that more than 4,500 babies die unexpectedly each year in the United States due to suffocation from fluffy bedding or a sleeping adult and many times the direct cause is never discovered.                          

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