Maybe you’re waiting to share the news, or maybe you already announced it to your family, friends and on social media: you’re expecting!
No matter if you’re four weeks along or coming up on your due date, if you have questions about labor, delivery or life with a newborn, we have answers.
Register for a class
Boost your confidence about childbirth and childrearing by signing up for a prenatal or parenting class. At your next appointment, ask your doctor or midwife any lingering questions you may have.
See upcoming prenatal and parenting classes.
Make a birth plan
You have choices when it comes to your childbirth experience. From your preferences for pain relief to who will cut the cord, mark these down in your birth plan and bring it along when you head to the hospital.
Download a birth plan template (en Español).
Schedule prenatal appointments
It may seem that you see your OB-GYN or midwife more often than your closest friends during pregnancy. It’s just to make sure that you and your baby are healthy.
Depending on your overall health and whether there are complications, the frequency of your prenatal visits may be different than this typical schedule:
- Weeks 4 to 28: You’ll visit your doctor or midwife once a month.
- Weeks 28 to 36: Get ready for twice-monthly visits.
- Weeks 36 to delivery: You’re coming around to full term and will have weekly appointments.
Get up-to-date with your vaccinations
If it’s flu season, or if you’re behind on vaccinations, you may be offered a:
- Flu vaccine from October through March
- Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). Pertussis is dangerous for babies and is usually passed on to them by their parents.
Fetal monitoring and other tests
How often will you see your little one on an ultrasound? What is a Doppler and what does it check for? When do you take the glucose tolerance test to determine if you have gestational diabetes?
If this is your first pregnancy, or if you need a refresher, learn more about common tests and procedures.
Know the signs of preterm labor
Babies are considered full term at 37 weeks, so if your labor begins before then, it’s considered preterm or premature labor. Some signs include:
- Change in the type or amount of vaginal discharge
- Contractions, especially four or more in an hour
- Gush of fluid from the vagina
- Menstrual-like cramps
- Pressure in the lower belly
Learn more about preterm labor and how it can be treated.
Do I need to let my insurance company know I’m having a baby?
Every insurance plan differs in the coverage they provide for you and your baby. You may want to check whether preauthorization is required, the authorized length of stay and which testing or procedures are covered. Your insurance carrier also will help you understand your copayments and deductibles.
You generally have 30 days from the date of birth to add your newborn to your primary insurance policy. We’ll let your insurance carrier know if you or your baby stays at the hospital longer due to complications.
What do I do if I’m uninsured?
Call our pre-registration office, and a financial counselor will help you figure out the best payment options. You may also qualify for financial assistance. Learn more about our financial assistance and charity care.
Who will be my baby’s doctor?
Your doctor or midwife will deliver your baby and care for you. However, because your newborn will need his or her own doctor during your stay and for follow-up appointments, choose and contact a pediatrician before you come to the hospital.
Find a pediatrician.