The big day is almost here. Are you ready? Here are some things to help prepare for your delivery at Liberty Hospital.
Select Your Babyís Physician
As part of the parental responsibilities that start now, it's time to start thinking about your baby's physician. In fact, we encourage you to do some homework now. Ask your friends. Check credentials. And when you narrow the choices, schedule a consultation prior to birth so that you can discuss the physician's philosophy on such issues as breastfeeding, childcare and so on.
Schedule a Pre-Admission Visit
Preparing for the birth of a new baby can be exciting and overwhelming all that same time. The good news is the Birthing Center at Liberty Hospital is here to help with a pre-admission visit program! A pre-admission visit is a free appointment and can be completed anytime during the 32nd and 38th week of your pregnancy.
A pre-admission visit allows you to talk one-on-one with a Birthing Center registered nurse, who will talk to you about your medical history and past and current pregnancies and will complete a health profile.
Health profiles are completed for all patients that deliver at Liberty Hospital. By attending a pre-admission visit, you will be able to complete your health profile before going into labor. This will ultimately shorten your admission process and allow your health-care providers to prepare and plan your care ahead of time.
To schedule your pre-admission visit, please call the Birthing Center patient registrar at 816-792-7229. The pre-admission visit takes less than an hour to complete and, depending on your needs can be scheduled during a time that is convenient for you.
Understand Your Insurance Policy
It's always nice to avoid surprises. That's why we suggest that you check out the specifics of your insurance policy now. That way, you'll understand the extent of your coverage before arriving at the hospital. If you have questions about your coverage, call your insurance company.
Install Your Car Seat
State law requires that your baby ride in a car safety seat at all times. This means we canít discharge your baby until we know he or she is in a car seat. We encourage you to click here and visit the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administrations website to locate a car seat inspection station in the area or to find out about car seat recalls.
Pack for the Hospital
Here are the items we suggest you bring with you when you arrive for your delivery. It is helpful to have your bag packed at least two weeks prior to your delivery date.
- Two or more bed pillows
- CDs of your favorite music (the hospital has a limited number of CD players)
- Hand fan
- Lip balm
- Healthy food for support person
- Cards, books, videos/DVDs and any other time-passers
- Pair of socks
- Focal point
- massage tools, if desired
- Camera and film or video recorder with extra batteries
- Toiletries for mom and support person
- Slippers and bathrobe
- Change of clothes for mom and baby
- Reading and writing material
- Change for vending machines
- Bra and panties (nursing bra if nursing)