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Here are a few tips to help you prepare.
For a quicker admission when the big day comes, visit or call the hospital in advance and pre-register. Doing so will ensure your name, insurance details and physician contact information are correct when you arrive.
This helps because it:
When you call, you’ll want to confirm which entrance you need to use if you go into labor in the middle of the night. Some hospitals require you to enter through the emergency department after-hours.
Learn more about what to do
when you arrive at the hospital for your delivery.
You’ll be asked about this when you check into the hospital to have your baby, so you’ll want to research and choose a pediatric doctor beforehand. If you’re within a couple months of your due date, it’s time to start thinking about this and make a decision.
Here are a few things to consider:
Prepare a bag for yourself, your partner and your new baby.
For the baby, you’ll want a few basics:
The hospital will likely provide some diapers for when you get home, but be forewarned – they probably won’t last long.
For yourself, you should pack:
With your bag packed and ready by the door, you’ll have more peace of mind knowing you can just grab it as you leave home.
Your baby's umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, which are special cells with potential to be used in treating diseases your child might face in the future. Learn more about
cord blood banking.
Have your baby car safety seat installed in advance. You’ll want to make sure it’s installed securely enough it doesn’t move around easily.
And whenever you’re using a car seat, stroller or baby carrier, always remember to
buckle your child in properly.
No, it isn’t a necessity. But some parents like to bring a radio, CD player or cell phone speakers to be able to listen to their own music at the hospital.
Now that you've done what you can to prepare, including taking a
birthing or new sibling class, here's what you can expect and
what to do when labor starts.
Call anytime for an OB/GYN referral. Nurses are available now to help you find a doctor and answer your questions.
Or call a nurse: 877‑230‑6877.
Wellmont offers childbirth, baby care, breastfeeding and new sibling classes in the Tri-Cities.
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