A New Baby
Covenant HealthCare is pleased to offer new parents a photo service that will capture your baby's first official photograph, a priceless keepsake you and family members will always treasure. Your baby's picture will be taken before you go home. We encourage you to bring one special outfit to dress your baby in. Let the nurse know when your baby is awake. You are not obligated to purchase pictures. If you are interested in baby photos, detailed information will be provided to you regarding photo prices, birth announcements, special gift items, publishing photos on our web site, and more!
Covenant offers a gift shop at our Harrison campus (in addition to other gift shops at the Covenant Cooper and Mackinaw campus) with a wide selection of gifts, magazines, cards, toiletry items, fresh and artificial flower arrangements to choose from. Please note that latex balloons are not permitted in Covenant HealthCare facilities. Latex is the cause of many allergies. Mylar balloons are acceptable.
The Nurturing Notions Boutique is located on the fourth floor of the Harrison campus. It carries a variety of infant and breastfeeding merchandise, including nursing bras and breast pump sales and rentals. Boutique hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, please dial 583.4419.
Safety & Security
Recent national concerns have been raised about protecting babies from abduction. Although one has not occurred in the Saginaw area, we are making the following recommendations to help you protect your infant and your privacy:
- You and one significant other will be banded with an
infant ID bracelet shortly after the baby's birth. Your infant will have
matching bands. Your baby will only be released to you or your significant
- Identify mother-baby nursing staff by their PINK name
badge before releasing your infant to them.
- Emergency exits to outside stairwells are alarmed.
Please encourage family members to use elevator or central stairways when
- We advise you to avoid publishing the birth of your
baby in the newspaper(s). Instead, you may wish to mail announcements to those
people you really want to know about the birth.
- Be cautious about the use of stork signs and other
baby signs in your front yard.
- For your baby's safety and security in hospital
hallways, please transport infant in the crib.
- Please have visitors wash their hands with soap and
water before holding your baby.
- Encourage visitors who have cold or flu symptoms to
postpone meeting your baby.
- The hospital is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is not allowed in or around the hospital.
Everyone is excited about your new arrival and visitors are welcome. But you and your baby's needs come first so here are some visitor guidelines:
- In most
cases, your significant other can visit 24 hours a day.
- Mothers and babies are encouraged to nap between 2-4
pm daily. Please advise visitors you will be resting at this time.
- Patients tell us, "15 minutes is long enough, more
than two is a crowd". Please limit visitors to two at a time in addition to
your significant other and children.
- You may have one additional person besides your
significant other in your room during the one-hour recovery period following
- If you are planning to have an overnight visitor, please consider
- someone who will assist with mother and baby care.
- someone who is willing to learn home care for mother and baby.
- If you are a patient in OB Special Care, your
children are welcome to visit you anytime. Please arrange to have your
significant other or another adult with them at all times.
- All telephones in patient rooms have a DO NOT DISTRUB button if you would like no calls to your room. It allows you and your baby time for needed rest.
Birth Certificate, Social Security Number
Your baby must have a first and last name before leaving the hospital. There is a birth certificate worksheet in “You, Your Baby and Covenant”. Please the complete the form in ink and return it to your nurse. A typed form will be brought to you to review and sign before you are discharged from the hospital. You will need to check the yes box on the typed birth certificate to apply for a social security card. The social security card will be automatically mailed to you in 3 to 8 weeks. Copies of your baby's birth certificate can be obtained for a fee from the Saginaw County Clerk's office.
Single mothers wanting to have the baby’s father on the birth certificate must have:
- the father call 989.583.4797 after delivery for an
appointment to sign an affidavit of parentage papers. The appointment can be
any time of the day or night, as long as we have advance notice.
- the father show a picture ID. If he does not have a
picture ID, he will not be able to sign parentage papers.
- These papers are done at no charge at the hospital, but the father must call ahead. If the father waits to sign at the courthouse, it will cost $26 to make a change on the birth certificate plus $13 to get a certified copy from the state (costs may change without notice).
Any questions or concerns, please call 989.583.4797 for assistance. Please leave a message with your name, a return phone number and your baby’s date of birth.