Preparing for Delivery
The big day is approaching and there is still a lot to be done!
This article is a "to-do" list to help you plan for your upcoming delivery.
Childbirth Preparation Classes
Huntington Hospital offers childbirth preparation classes. Call (626) 397-8768. They have online registration on their web page. Classes are offered weeknights as well as weekend days. You can sign up for a breastfeeding class, an infant care class, a labor and birth preparation class and an infant CPR class. After your baby is 8 weeks old, you can bring him or her (or them!) to the fun Mommy and Me class.
Saving Cord Blood
Have you decided if you are going to preserve your baby’s extra umbilical cord blood? The stem cells in the cord blood are frozen and can be used years later to treat various life-threatening conditions. Some companies also allow you to save the umbilical cord itself, a rich source of a different type of stem cell than what is found in the cord blood. Click here to read more about cord blood banking.
At 28 weeks (earlier for high-risk patients), you need the 1-hour glucose challenge test to check for possible diabetes of pregnancy. We also check for anemia at this time, and if you are Rh negative you will receive treatment for this as well.
Your newborn needs to be under the care of a Pediatrician on staff at Huntington Hospital. Let us know if you need help selecting your Pediatrician.
Labor and Delivery (L&D) Registration
You need to fill in and mail the Huntington Hospital Labor and Delivery Registration Form. This was included on the USB flash drive we gave you at the start of your prenatal care with us. You can click the link in this section for a pdf version of the form. Print the form, fill in in and then fax or mail it to Huntington Hospital. The Hospital will send you confirmation after you submit this form (it might take a few weeks but they will send it).
Maternity Unit Tour
There is a free Maternity Orientation and Tour of the Huntington Hospital Labor and Delivery Department. It is offered monthly at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday or 7 p.m. on the third Monday (excluding holidays). You should register online for this orientation. See the OB Booklet for more information.
With most medical insurances, a breast pump can be obtained free of charge. An easy way to do this is to Google the phrase “free breast pump.” Click on a provider and enter your insurance information. If they accept it, you can request it online. We also like the Hygeia brand breast pump. These are hospital-grade, cordless, and free.