The Obstetrics Department is by far the happiest place in the hospital. Humboldt General has two birthing rooms and four postpartum rooms, state-of-the-art equipment, 24-hour surgical suites for emergency cesareans, a level one nursery with air transport to the region's finest medical centers just a phone call away and a team of outstanding local physicians and nurses. Childbirth education classes and follow-up care are important to helping new families start off right. By providing thoughtful, personal care, we make each birth experience a memorable one.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I'm not sure if I'm in labor. What should I do?
A: The best thing to do is call your physician should you have any questions about your pregnancy. Follow your physician's guidance and proceed to the hospital per the physician's direction. For more information, please visit
Am I In Labor?
Q: I've already pre-registered. Do I need to check-in somewhere when I am ready to deliver?
A: If you have checked with your physician and pre-registered and you are ready to deliver, simply report to the Obstetrics Department as instructed to do so by your physician. From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. enter the hospital through the Main Entrance and take the elevator down to the ground floor. From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. enter the hospital through the Emergency Department.
Q: If I come by ambulance, will I be seen first?
A: The same procedures are followed as with any patient arriving for emergency services. An assessment is done by a triage nurse to determine the acuity level of the patient. The staff and physician will attend to the needs of patients appropriately in the context of other emergency service cases.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Along with your essential toiletries, you may want to bring a gown that unbuttons in the front to make breastfeeding easier, a robe, slippers and any other items that will make your stay comfortable.
Click here for a list of items you should pack for your hospital stay.
Please make sure to bring an outfit for your baby to wear home and an appropriately sized car seat to safely transport your baby.
Nevada law requires all infants to be properly restrained in an approved rear-facing car seat. Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue can help you learn how to secure the car seat in your car. Please call (775) 623-5222, ext. 160 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a car seat install by certified technicians.
Please feel free to bring cameras to record this special time. However, use of cameras or video recorders during the actual birth process is at the discretion of the physician. In addition, please ask staff members for permission to be included in photos or videos prior to any picture-taking.
Q: In my culture, there are certain rituals that are performed at my baby's birth. Will I be allowed to perform them?
A: Our staff is very sensitive to the cultural needs of patients. Your needs can be accommodated if they do not interfere with the health and safety of you or your baby. Please discuss your wishes with your physician prior to hospital admission.
Q: Can I get an epidural if I choose?
A: Yes, if you and your physician decide that an epidural would be appropriate.
Q: What if I must have a cesarean section?
A: Our Surgery Department is next to our Obstetrics Department. All the necessary equipment and trained staff are close by, ready to assist in the safe delivery of your baby.
Q: How do I get a copy of my baby's birth certificate?
A: You will receive a complimentary copy of your baby's birth certificate as a keepsake of your baby's birth. The certificate is not a certified copy of record. To request a certified copy of your child's birth certificate, please contact:
Nevada Vital Records
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, Nevada 89706
You may also call (877) 456-5410 or visit www.vitalchek.com/birth-certificates/nevada.
For questions, please call Humboldt General Hospital's OB Department at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1268.