Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE BABY ARRIVES?

To help you prepare for the arrival of your newborn, here is a checklist of things to do before you come to the hospital.

  • Choose a pediatrician or family practice physician to take care of your baby. Before you make a choice, make sure he/she is covered by your insurance company. You may want to make an appointment or a phone contact with your potential choices before you make a decision.
  • Make childcare arrangements for any children left at home when you come to the hospital. 
  • Make arrangements for pet care, if needed. 
  • If you are returning to work, find/hire a licensed day care provider for your baby. 
  • Try a practice driving route to the St. Vincent Women and Infants Center, if needed.
  • Call your insurance company. Find out if you need any type of pre-certification and find out how long you can stay. Make sure to write down who you spoke with, the date, and what information they gave you 
  • Have the following items ready at home: clothing, blankets, diapers and other essential baby items. It is always best to pre-wash any clothes/blankets before dressing your baby in them. ​
  • If you are planning to formula or bottle feed your baby, make sure you have a supply of formula, bottles and nipples on hand for when you arrive back home. The hospital only provides formula for your baby during your hospital stay. 
  • Get and install a car seat for your baby. 
  • After you have installed the car seat in your vehicle, make an appointment to double check that your seat is correctly installed. We strongly encourage you to have this done by your eighth month of pregnancy and definitely prior to your hospital admission. Click here for car seat check locations near you.
  • A month before your baby is due, pack your bag for the hospital. 

Q: DO I NEED TO CHOOSE A DOCTOR FOR MY BABY BEFORE THE BIRTH?

Yes, prior to coming to the hospital to deliver, you should select a doctor for you baby. A pediatrician is a specialist who takes care of infants through young adults. A family medicine doctor is a physician who cares for patients throughout all phases of life. Once you have selected a doctor, call his or her office to find out if they are taking new patients. Let them know when you are due and that you would like your infant to become established as a new patient with that physician. You can begin doing this around week 28 of your pregnancy.

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Q: DO I NEED TO REGISTER AHEAD OF TIME FOR MY HOSPITAL STAY?

Yes. If you have private health insurance call your insurance carrier first and notify them of your birth. Then call the hospital where you plan to deliver your baby.

  • HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, call 920-433-8703, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, call 920-459-4641, anytime.

Q: IF I AM PLANNING ON HAVING AN EPIDURAL WHY SHOULD I TAKE A CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS?

These classes cover much more information than Lamaze relaxation and breathing. You will learn about the process of labor, what to expect when you go into labor, when to go to the hospital, how your partner can help you through the birth, the risks and benefits of health care decisions you make during labor, what to expect once that baby is born regarding hospital procedures, receive a tour of the birthing center which will help alleviate some of your anxiety about the hospital. You are also able to ask many questions that you may not even think about when you are at the Doctors office during prenatal visits.

Q: WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER FOR CHILDBIRTH CLASSES?

Depending on the class, you can begin registering as early as your 4th or 5th month of pregnancy. Click here for information about childbirth classes or to register.

Q: HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CHILDBIRTH CLASSES?

Click here to register for our online childbirth class.

Click here for a schedule of virtual presentations with Prevea Women’s Care.

What to Pack for Mom: 

Necessary:

  • Insurance card and hospital paperwork
  • Eyeglasses, if needed

If desired:

  • Cell phone, charger
  • Book, magazine or cards for early labor
  • Bathrobe
  • Socks and slippers
  • Hair bands, ties or barrettes
  • Lip moisturizer
  • Massage lotion
  • Tennis ball or massage /comfort tools
  • Sentimental item from home, such as a favorite pillow or blanket
  • Focal point, such as an ultrasound or vacation photo
  • Music
  • Birth plan
  • Nursing bra
  • Loose, comfortable clothes
  • Basic toiletries and a hair brush

What to Pack for Your Partner/Support Person:

  • Camera, cell phone, chargers
  • Cash for parking
  • Basic toiletries
  • Change of clothes

What to Pack for Baby

  • Infant car seat (install car seat base early)
  • Going-home outfit
  • Receiving blanket
  • Pair of socks or booties
  • Extra cap/hat
  • Baby book for footprints
  • If you choose/plan to use: a pacifier (hospital does not provide any)

     

During your stay with us the hospital will provide:

  • Blow dryer
  • Hospital gowns
  • Disposable panties and sanitary pads
  • Baby gowns and blankets (will need your own for home)
  • Enough disposable diapers for your hospital stay (have a supply ready at home)
  • If formula feeding: ready to use bottles of formula (you will need your own supply for home)