Labor & Delivery Services
Tampa General Hospital is one of only three hospitals in the Tampa Bay area - and the only one in Hillsborough County - to have received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® designated birth facility. Baby-Friendly designation is awarded to hospitals and birthing centers that provide an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and babies and offer mothers the information, confidence and skills to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding. Read more about Tampa General Hospital's labor and delivery services.
Anticipating the birth of your baby is a very exciting time and there are many things to take care of before the big day. Our pre-registration process allows you to take care of the details of your hospital stay in advance. Let us know if your doctor or midwife have any special delivery wishes and we will do our best to honor them. We recommend that you pre-register approximately two months prior to giving birth. The labor and delivery rooms at TGH allow you to remain in one room during the birth process. Up to two support people are welcome to be by your side during this very special time. Following delivery, you’ll be resting in the post partum unit where your baby will stay with you in your room, to promote parent-infant bonding. Our healthcare professionals are happy to answer your questions and a lactation consultant is available to assist with breastfeeding. It’s comforting to know that our Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where premature infants and critically ill newborns receive the most advanced care, is located on the same floor as the Women's Center. Click here for more information about our NICU.
Click below to view a video tour of the TGH Women's Center.
To take a tour of the Women's Center in person, register online, or call 1-800-822-3627. Tours are held the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., except holidays. The free, 60-minute tour is designed for women and their partner. Tours meet at the 4th Floor, Bayshore Pavilion Security Desk and registration is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about having a baby at Tampa General Hospital’s Women’s Center.
How can I prepare for the birth experience? I’d like to know what to expect while I’m in the delivery room.
Tampa General Hospital offers childbirth education classes to prepare you for the birth and parenting experiences. English language classes are available.
Can I register in advance for my delivery?
Yes, we encourage expectant mothers to pre-register about two months before their due date. Pre-registration takes about 20 minutes and can be done between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., seven days a week, in the OB Admitting Office located on the 4th floor, Bayshore Pavilion, Room K4007. You will need to bring a photo identification card to complete the pre-registration process.
What should I bring to the hospital?
Please bring your prenatal records with you to the hospital. You should also bring a small bag with personal items including a robe, comfortable nightgown and socks or slippers. Please bring essential toiletry items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, etc. Other items that may make you more comfortable, such as a personal pillow, are also a good idea. We will provide baby t-shirts and diapers during your stay. Don’t forget to bring a going home outfit for yourself and an outfit and blanket for your new baby. Because nothing is as precious as your new baby, TGH wants to make his/her very first car ride a safe experience. An infant car seat is our gift to you to help ensure your new baby’s safety. You’ll also receive a new TGH diaper bag before you leave.
Where should I go when I come to the hospital to deliver?
When you come to TGH to deliver your baby, follow the signs to EMERGENCY and drive up the ramp to the Emergency & Trauma Center, where you will receive complimentary short-term valet parking. Enter the Emergency & Trauma Center, and staff at the information desk will direct you to the Women’s Center. Due to limited parking at the Emergency & Trauma Center, you must move your car within 24 hours. Parking is available in the parking garage. A $3 fee is due upon exiting. The first hour of parking is free.
What will my support person need to bring to the hospital?
Since labor sometimes lasts a while, your support person may want to bring a snack as well as a pillow, blanket and change of clothes. The Cafeteria/Food Court is open virtually around the clock and offers many food choices.
Who can be with me while I am in labor?
We welcome up to three support people to be by your side during this very special time. If you have other guests that you would like to see during this time, they may check in with the security guard and rotate in and out of your room at appropriate times. However, no more than three guests are permitted at any time. Following the birth of your baby, one adult may stay overnight with you in a private room at the discretion of the nursing staff. TGH provides couplet care, meaning that mom and baby are not separated unless medically necessary.
Why might my labor be induced?
Labor is induced to stimulate contractions of the uterus in an effort to have a vaginal birth. Common reasons why medical inductions are recommended include: high blood pressure including preeclampsia, diabetes, pregnancy beyond 41 weeks gestation, low fluid, ruptured membranes, and intrauterine growth restriction.
What can I expect if I am having a Cesarean birth?
For a Cesarean birth, one support person may accompany you to the operating room. However, in certain situations it may be necessary to ask your support person to leave the operating room and wait in the waiting room. If your support person is in the operating room with you, they will accompany you and baby to the recovery room.
What kind of pain management is available?
You and your healthcare provider will decide what pain management is best for you. Tampa General Hospital has anesthesia services available 24-hours a day, should you need them. Tampa General provides several options for pain management during labor and is the only hospital in Tampa providing the use of nitrous oxide to manage labor pain which can be used instead of an epidural or prior to an epidural. For more information about your options for pain management during labor, click here.
What other comfort measures are available?
Our labor and delivery rooms are equipped with DVD/CD players you may use to listen to your own CDs. You may also request a set of headphones to listen to music on our televisions. We encourage you to bring any items that might relax you during labor such as massage tools or a picture from home to focus on. Staff can also supply heat/cold packs for use during labor.
I may want to breastfeed my baby. Do you provide assistance to help me get started?
We encourage you to breastfeed. Our lactation consultants and staff are available to assist you and your baby with breastfeeding. Below are 10 ways TGH's Women's Center supports breastfeeding:
- Our staff is guided by a current breastfeeding policy.
- Our staff is provided with up-to-date information and education to help you breastfeed.
- We provide opportunities for pregnant women receiving care at a Tampa General prenatal care site to learn about breastfeeding.
- We encourage mothers to hold their baby skinto-skin and help recognize when their baby is ready to feed.
- We show mothers how to breastfeed and how to express breast milk even if they are separated from their baby.
- We give babies only breast milk, unless there is a medical reason for the baby to receive formula or formula is requested by the mother.
- We encourage rooming-in (allowing mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day).
- We encourage breastfeeding in response to the baby’s feeding cues. We let babies determine their own feeding schedule.
- We discourage the use of pacifiers or artificial nipples, as they may interfere with establishing breastfeeding.
- We help mothers find local breastfeeding support.
May I take pictures of my baby during labor and delivery?
Photographs and videos may be taken in the Labor & Delivery room. We ask that you respect any request by a staff member to turn off your video camera if asked to do so.
I’m concerned about the safety of my newborn. Will my baby be in the same room with me?
Your baby will room-in with you.
You can rest assured knowing that the Women’s Center has 24-hour security monitoring access to the unit, as well as badge-only access. The Women’s Center staff has special identification badges and will always identify you and your baby by verifying your patient identification bracelets. You should only give your baby to someone with this special identification badge.
Can my baby’s siblings visit?
During your stay in the Women’s Center we ask that visitors who do not feel well, have a fever, respiratory symptoms or have recently been exposed to chicken pox, measles, mumps or the flu not visit. When you are in the mother-baby unit, healthy siblings are welcome to visit until 8:30 p.m. One adult may stay overnight with you on the mother-baby unit. A father of the baby under age 18 is permitted.
How can my family and friends stay in touch while I’m in labor?
We suggest that during labor and delivery you designate one person to make calls to friends and family to keep them updated on your condition. After delivery, your room in the mother-baby unit will have a direct dial phone number for your convenience. Your friends and family may call the main hospital phone number, (813) 844-7000, and ask for you by name.
I’m having a baby boy and I want him circumcised. How do I schedule this procedure?
Check with your insurance provider to find out if they pay for this procedure. Ask your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of circumcision. This service is provided at TGH. Let your nurse know on admission if you are interested in having your baby circumcised.
Important Phone Numbers
Main Switchboard………………….…(813) 844-7000
Tour the Women’s Center……...…..1-800-822-3627
Childbirth Education Classes…...…1-800-822-3627
Birth Certificate Office……...………..(813) 844-7691
Lactation Consultant………….….....(813) 844-7613