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Congratulations!

Having a baby is an exciting time in your life and we are thrilled to be a part of it. To make your experience the best possible, we are here to help you along the way. The comfort and safety of you and your baby is our number one priority.

Planning Ahead

Nine months flies by. To make it easier to keep track of it all, we’ve highlighted key information to make sure you are covered. For example, in your first trimester, select an OB-GYN or midwife. During your second trimester, we encourage you to contact your hospital’s maternity care coordinator so that your early questions can be answered and you can prepare for your birth. It is also the perfect time to enroll in childbirth and breastfeeding classes. And, in your third trimester, if you haven’t had a tour yet, you can sign up so you’ll be prepared for the big day! Choosing your doctor, making your birthing plans and choosing your child’s doctor are all important decisions. Let the journey begin!
 

What to Bring to the Hospital

Know you have the essentials by downloading a checklist of what to pre-pack.
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Participation & Visitation

Sharing your birth experience with your loved ones can provide comfort and support. It can also be a delicate balance as you may prefer a quieter environment to heal, begin breastfeeding and bond with your new baby. Guidelines have been developed with this in mind, ensuring responsiveness to your needs and care.

During labor and birth: Up to four adult primary support people can be with you while in labor. They must be free of illness and may not rotate with additional support people.

After your baby is born: Visitors are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. One support person may spend the night. Visitors with cold or flu symptoms are discouraged.

Siblings of baby may visit if accompanied by one of the primary support people.

 

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Car Seat Safety

By law, you must have a car seat to take your baby home in. Be sure you know how to use the car seat, and practice installing it in your car.

We recommend checking with your local fire department for a car seat inspection before your baby is born. They can check to make sure your seat is properly installed. 

You watch a video at healthychildren.org for more instruction on how to install a car seat.

Baby’s First Year

Nothing quite compares to the joy of holding your new bundle and the variety of emotions and needs that come after. Don’t miss out on resources to make that first year the best ever including an infancy e-newsletter, breastfeeding support, the period of purple crying information and more.