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Instructions to Prepare for Your Cesarean Delivery

You will be given a scheduled time for your cesarean delivery, and a time to arrive at the hospital.
It is very important you stop eating and drinking before your scheduled surgery. You will be given a time to stop eating and drinking.

Things to remember:

  • Please do not shave or wax your abdomen, thighs or the area around your vagina for at least 1 week before your cesarean delivery.
  • Take a shower the night before and the morning of surgery using an antibacterial soap such as Dial. Dry with a freshly washed towel. Put on clean, freshly washed clothes to come to the hospital. If you are unable to take a shower, you still need to wash the surgical area thoroughly with antibacterial soap.
  • You may brush your teeth but do not swallow any water.
  • If you have been told to take medications on the day of surgery, take with one ounce (2 tablespoons) of water.
  • Remove ALL body piercings and jewelry.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding what you may eat or drink before your scheduled cesarean delivery.
  • Once you arrive at the hospital, go to the Main Entrance [map PDF]. Tell the representative at the information desk your name and that you are scheduled for a cesarean delivery.
  • Report to Admitting [map PDF] to register.
  • Please bring the packet of information from your doctor that contains your prenatal history and consents.
  • Park the car in any of the visitor lots in front of the Main Entrance. Leave the suitcase with items needed after the birth in the trunk of the car.
  • Be sure you have the baby’s car seat installed.
  • Two support persons over the age of 14 may attend the birth of your baby in the Operating Room.