Can I have visitors? 

You may have visitors as you desire. For safety and privacy reasons, we ask that visitors not linger in the hallways. If visitors are not in your room, we ask that they use the lounge. After you deliver, your visitors may come anytime. Mention to prospective visitors that anyone with a cold, cold sore, flu or other contagious illness will not be allowed to visit you or your baby.

What should I bring with me?


We recommend the following:

  • Cameras, chargers and extra batteries

  • Warm socks, slippers and a robe

  • Toiletries

  • Nursing bras

  • A copy of your birth plan

  • Lip balm

  • Snack for your coach

  • A call list (or cell phone and charger)

  • Birth announcements

  • A homecoming outfit for baby

  • An inspected infant car seat

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Make arrangements for someone to take care of your pets, bring in the mail, pick up the newspaper and handle other household tasks while you are in the hospital.

  • Have your baby’s car seat inspected and installed before you come to the hospital.

  • Be aware that no latex balloons are allowed in the hospital.

How do I obtain a copy of my child's birth certificate?

To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, if the individual was born in or resided in Chippewa County at the time of birth, you must request a copy from the Chippewa County Register of Deeds. HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital does not have copies of birth certificates. Click here to access information as to how to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.


You may also call the Chippewa County Register of Deeds, 715-726-7994 for additional information during office hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (weekdays).