Pregnancy can be an exciting—and anxious—nine months. You may wonder, “Am I doing everything I can to prepare for this baby?”
From routine prenatal care to high-risk pregnancies
Chances are you’re doing everything you can to keep you and your little one healthy. Although, most pregnancies and birth experiences go smoothly, if complications come up, our medical team and neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are equipped to handle even the littlest of patients.
We are delighted to share in the special time of your life. We have all you need to help you become prepared for what most describe as their biggest challenge and reward.
Preparing for pregnancy
When you decide you’re ready to start a family, give your body—and your future baby—a healthy advantage. We will give you a check-up, share tips for preparing for pregnancy and talk to you about potential risk factors.
See the preconception checklist.
If you’re unsure about what to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or when you bring baby home, sign up for one of our childbirth or parenting classes and learn about common tests and procedures.
Learn more about our pregnancy and baby classes.
Labor and delivery
It’s time to meet your baby! Before you get to the hospital, complete the online pre-registration, and we’ll fast-track your check-in.
Do you want an epidural? What about using a birthing ball or soaking tub to ease your labor pain? You have those options here.
Manage your pain during labor and delivery.
After your baby is born
When you choose SCL Health, you get hospitals that have Baby-Friendly designations or follow Baby-Friendly practices.
This means when your little one arrives, we’ll encourage you to bond skin-to-skin, breastfeed and keep your baby with you in the room.
Once you’re home, you’ll have access to lactation consultants if you run into any breastfeeding challenges.
Read about care after delivery.
Get the right care at the right time
“Boy or girl?”
If you’re like us, “It doesn’t matter as long as it’s healthy.” Even if problems arise over the course of your pregnancy, you can count on Lutheran Medical Center to give you and your baby the care you both need.
Explore our services and treatments
During pregnancy, your body nourishes your baby. After your baby is born, breastfeeding is a wonderful way to continue this care.
If you choose to breastfeed, we’ll provide all the resources and support you need to be successful, including:
- Bedside consultations
- Breastfeeding classes
- Breastfeeding support group
- Private consultations
During your hospital stay, you’ll have access to hospital-quality, double-electric breast pumps and can rent one to take home. In addition, many insurance companies now provide a breast pump to nursing mothers at no cost. Check with your insurance carrier about your benefits.
Read more about the benefits of breastfeeding.
At Lutheran Medical Center, you have access to our aromatherapy services during your labor. Aromatherapy is the use of natural plant derivatives to create smells that are therapeutic and helpful in our body's healing processes. We use quality oils derived from flowers, leaves, roots, or other parts that have been demonstrated to stimulate physical and emotional well-being.
Childbirth and parenting classes
It can be a little overwhelming thinking about the to-dos during pregnancy, but luckily, you generally have plenty of time before you meet your new baby.
As you get closer to your due date, consider taking a prenatal or parenting class. Studies have shown that families that take such classes:
- Report a higher level of confidence bringing their new baby home
- Have greater breastfeeding success
- Are better prepared to deal with emergency situations
Once you bring your baby home from the hospital, you might find that there’s an adjustment period. Share and learn from other new parents at the breastfeeding support group, Connecting Mamas, or other classes at Lutheran Medical Center.
Find and sign up for a class.
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