Planning Your Baby's Birth
A positive birth experience begins with understanding the birthing process. Your delivery choices at LMH Health include natural childbirth, a full range of pain management options, and cesarean delivery (C-section) when necessary. You may also choose an OB-GYN physician or one of LMH Health's certified nurse midwives to be there for you when the big day comes. It's important to plan for the birth of your child by reviewing your options with your family and your physician or midwife.
Click on a topic below for more information to help you prepare for baby’s arrival:
Choosing Your Doctor or Midwife
Selecting someone you trust to deliver your baby is a very personal decision. Let the experts at LMH Health help you make the right choice. Our board-certified OB-GYN physicians, certified nurse midwives and nurses designed the Family Birthing Center with you and your baby in mind. Our Special Care Nursery, with neonatologists on-call 24/7, specializes in the care of premature and full-term infants with special care needs. Our doctors and midwives specialize in attentive, compassionate care for you and your baby during pregnancy, labor, delivery and beyond.
Choosing Your Baby's Doctor
Finding a skilled physician to be your baby's doctor is vital to your child's well-being and your peace of mind. You'll be visiting the doctor at least six times the first year alone, so choose one you respect and trust. Begin the search a few months prior to your due date. Call to ensure he or she accepts your insurance and is taking new patients before scheduling an interview. LMH Health physicians are happy to meet with prospective parents and answer questions regarding pediatric care.
As a parent, you may wish to choose a pediatrician, which is a doctor who specializes in the care of infants and children. You may prefer a family practitioner who can treat the whole family and patients of any age. Either one is fine, as long as you feel comfortable and confident about your child's care.
Other Big Decisions
Your hospital stay may be brief, so your transition home will be easier if you prepare for baby's arrival well in advance. You want to bring your baby into a safe and loving environment, so consider carefully what changes to make in your home. Don't worry about the minor details but do form an overall plan that includes a "meeting of the minds" between the primary adults in your baby's life.
What to Pack
Because babies have their own arrival schedules, we suggest you have the following items and information packed and ready one month before your due date.
- Focal point (picture, stuffed animal, photo, etc.)
- Powder, lotion or oil for massage during labor
- Warm socks or slippers
- Lip moisturizer
- Snack for your partner and change for the vending machine
- Items for massage or counter pressure (stress ball, massager, tennis balls in a sock)
- Deck of cards, magazine or book
- Your favorite music and movies
- Change of clothing for your partner and possibly a swimsuit for the whirlpool tub
- Camera, camcorder, batteries and film
- Keepsake baby book
- List of phone numbers of family and friends
- PJs and slippers (gowns will be provided in the hospital)
- Nursing bra, exercise bra, or regular bra
- Bra pads
- Personal hygiene items
- Comfy clothing to go home in (should be loose, like an early maternity outfit)
- Clothing for going home
- Receiving blanket
- Blankets suitable for outside temperatures
- Car seat
Additional Items to Pack (optional)
- Snacks and/or activity books for siblings
- Favorite pillow
- Your laptop, tablet and/or mobile phone
Items Provided for You by LMH Health after Delivery:
For mom: sanitary pads, disposable underpants, TUCKS pads
Newborn care supplies: bulb syringe, thermometer, diapers and wipes, soap, nightgowns, and blankets (to use during the hospital stay)
Please leave large amounts of money and valuables at home.
Healthy Pregnancy Topics
Each trimester brings you closer to the joyous moment you’re anticipating: the birth of your child. Proper prenatal care, exercise and a healthy diet can enhance your journey through pregnancy. If you have health issues that make your pregnancy high risk, our team of skilled and caring professionals are here to support you along your journey, too.