Preparing for Delivery

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Prenatal Classes: A Good Start

We suggest that you attend prenatal classes to become familiar with pregnancy, the birth process, postpartum, newborn care and breastfeeding. To help you prepare for the birth of your new baby, we have developed an extensive prenatal education program. We encourage you and your support person to take advantage of these classes.

If You Need A Doctor

We cannot stress enough the importance of prenatal care as soon as you learn you are pregnant. Preconception counseling also is a good way to ensure a healthy start for a healthy pregnancy. It is especially vital during pregnancy to watch the health of both you and your baby.

If you do not have an obstetrician or if you need a high-risk pregnancy specialist, call Emory HealthConnection℠ at 404-778-7777. Our staff will refer you to an obstetrician or family practice physician who can deliver your baby here at Emory University Hospital Midtown. This physician referral service is fast, confidential and free.

Your Support Person

If the baby's father cannot be here during your labor and birth, you may decide on another support person — either a family member or friend — to take his place. This person will usually be permitted to stay with you throughout your labor and delivery. We recognize that families are important to you at this exciting time. Our philosophy of family-centered maternity care is guided by the principle that the environment should be safe and comfortable for everyone. Visitation in the labor and delivery suite is decided by you, the laboring woman, your physician and your primary nurse during labor.

Have A Plan Before You Go

Discuss a birth plan, a list of the options you prefer for your labor and for caring for your baby, with your physician, and with your support person. Investigate the types of medications and other alternatives there are for pain relief and, with recommendations from your physician, select what is best for you. During the last few weeks of pregnancy, write your birth plan. Making these decisions beforehand will make your hospital stay easier.

Before you are admitted to the hospital, know which doctor will care for your new baby. Your obstetrician can recommend a pediatrician if you do not know one. If the pediatrician you have chosen does not see babies at Emory University Hospital Midtown, our neonatologist will care for your baby while you are here.

And, if you have children at home, arrange for someone to care for them when it is time for you to go to the hospital. In fact, if your children will be staying away from home while you are in the hospital, pack their suitcase when you pack yours! Tuck in a small surprise, such as a new toy, and tell the sitter to let them unpack when they arrive at their destination.

As you pack lightly for yourself, be sure to include two or three bras — maternity, if breastfeeding. It will be a good idea to leave your valuables at home, including watches, rings and other jewelry. Diapers and sanitary pads are supplied by the hospital during your stay. Remember to pack baby's going home clothes and blankets also.

Take Care of Business

To make your admission go as smoothly as possible, we ask that you complete one pre-admission form. These are available from your doctor's office or from the hospital. Fill out the form and return it to the hospital as soon as possible. Bring your insurance cards anytime you come to the hospital.

We will file up to two insurance plans as a courtesy. At the time of admission, an admissions representative will make a copy of your insurance cards. If you do not have insurance, contact the business office early in your pregnancy to make financial arrangements.