Prepare a list of questions for your prenatal visits
Continue taking vitamins
Maintain healthy eating habits
Do not smoke, drink alcohol or take street drugs
Avoid smoking areas
Obtain exercise guidelines from your care provider
Start pregnancy photo album
If returning to work following birth, arrange for child care
Months 3 to 6
Preregister for your hospital stay
Consider infant feeding options
Register for childbirth/refresher/sibling preparation,
breastfeeding classes, infant and child CPR and safety classes
Months 6 to 9
Select your pediatrician/infant care provider
Interview and select reliable babysitters
Discuss your desires for your birth experience with your
Prepare your nursery
Make arrangements for infants/children at home during your
Pack a suitcase for you and your baby
Pack telephone numbers for friends and family members
Plan transportation to and from the hospital and become familiar
with the route
Buy an infant car seat (certified for use in motor vehicles)
Attend childbirth/breastfeeding/baby care classes
Labor and Delivery
If you arrive between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., enter
through the main entrance.
If you arrive after 8 p.m., proceed to the Emergency Department
entrance. You will be directed or escorted to the Labor &
Delivery Suite, where a labor nurse will greet you.
Your nurse and a physician or midwife will evaluate you and
attend to your needs.
To protect your privacy at all times we will not reveal any
information during your stay. All information regarding you and
your baby must come directly from you or your partner.
To avoid interruption of medical care, we will allow no more
than three support people to accompany you while in labor. If
there are other family members or friends they will be directed
to wait in the family waiting room.
After the birth of your baby you will stay on the labor floor
before being transferred to your postpartum hospital room, where
you will be for the remainder of your stay.
On the postpartum floor you will enjoy a full array of services
including our breastfeeding consultant and support, access to
the Newborn Channel and baby care classes.
In anticipation of going home, your physician/midwife will
review the discharge plan. You and your newborn may be eligible
for a home nurse visit after discharge. Please inquire about