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Getting Ready
Having a baby is an exciting time.  But, with so many decisions to make, it can also be a confusing time. That’s why it pays to plan ahead and learn as much as you can before your baby arrives. We  offer a flexible birth planning schedule of parenting classes.  We can help you with pre-natal testing.  We also encourage all our mothers to develop a birthing plan.

We’ll work with you to examine all the options for the best birthing plan at our Maternity Center – from natural childbirth to pain-relief options – and help you develop the plan that works best for you. We can even help you pack for your trip to the hospital. But one of the best ways to prepare is to come in for a personal tour for the best patient and family education. One of our trained nurses will show you around and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

What to Bring
To help you prepare for your special day, we have created a list of everything you may want to bring with you. Be sure to pack ahead of time, so you’re ready to go.

The Packing List for Moms

                1.   Important documents
                                -Picture ID
                                -Insurance card
                                -Birth plan
                                -Living will

                2.   Comfortable Clothing
                                -Nursing bra or gown
                                -Comfortable footwear
                3.   Eyeglasses/Contact lenses and solution
                4.   Toiletries, including lip balm
                5.   Cell phone and charger
                6.   Camera
                7.   Nutritious snacks for partner
                8.   Baby book
                9.   Going home outfit for baby
                10. Going home blanket

Infant Car Seat – You must bring an infant  car seat.
You must have a properly installed infant car seat before we can  release your baby from the hospital’s Maternity Center.

Birthing Plan
Congratulations,  you’re having a baby!  Now what do you do? A good place to start is to make a birthing plan and get the best Patient and family education possible. A simple birthing plan can help organize your thinking and communicate your wishes for the successful birth to your caregivers. Before you begin,  however, here are a few quick tips and things to consider:

Keep a journal: It will help you organize your thoughts, set priorities, and communicate your wishes. Don’t be shy.  Share your thoughts with the loved ones who’ll be involved with your baby’s birth.

Pain management is an important part of any birthing plan. First of all, talk with your doctor about patient and family education.  Share your thoughts about having a natural childbirth versus using pain medication. Ask about the pain management techniques available, as well as medications, and which ones he or she recommends. It’s important to let your physician and our nurses know how you wish to manage your labor pain before you get to the hospital. Be sure to let your doctor know any concerns you may have.

Discuss with your spouse, or your coach, which family members or friends you’d like to have with you at the hospital for your baby’s birth. Record your wishes in your journal.  Your birthing plan should also record your thoughts about other important topics – such as how you wish to stay hydrated during labor, or how you’ll be transported to the hospital’s Maternity Center – as well as simpler things, like what clothes you’ll wear and what you’ll need after delivery.

Having a birthing plan is the best way to gain control over your birthing experience and communicate your wishes to our staff.  We’re here to make sure your experience is everything you want it to be.