Preparing for Birth

Before your baby arrives, there are several plans that need to be made before birth. In this post we have outlined a few of the important decisions that need to be made.

If you have any further questions contact the office at (502) 895-6559 or email our OB nurse.

Pre-register with hospital:

All of our doctors are on staff at both Norton Women and Children’s Hospital and Baptist Hospital East. One of our providers is on-call at all times. Please register before you are in labor as this will make admitting you to the hospital smoother. Norton does not require pre-registration. You may schedule a tour of the birthing suites at your convenience.

Birth plan:

if you have a birth plan, please share it with our providers. If desired, there are several options to provide pain relief while you are in labor. We are supportive of whatever you choose.

Nubain (Stadol):

This narcotic is given through injection or IV and helps take the edge off strong contractions. It can make you sleepy if given early in labor. We avoid giving this near delivery time since it is transferred to your baby.

Epidural:

This safe and popular option is administered by an anesthesiologist and requires a fine, thin catheter or tube to be placed in your back during active labor. Medicine slowly drips through the tubing to provide pain relief throughout labor. It is removed after delivery.

Local:

Many patients deliver without pain medication. Sometimes we need to give a small injection of numbing medicine for stitches for lidocaine. It feels like a small pinprick.

Natural Childbirth:

If you choose to have a natural child birth, we encourage you to take classes to prepare you and your partner. You also have the option to contact a Doula who will provide support. Class schedules are available at Norton Healthcare and Baptist Health. Ask us for information about Doula’s.

Research cord blood banking:

Your baby’s blood is a valuable source of cells that could be used by your baby or another family member to treat some life-threatening diseases.It can easily and safely be obtained immediately after delivery. Parents can chose to have their baby’s blood saved; however the decision must be made before birth. Insurance does not generally cover this. If interested, you can order a kit and bring it with you to delivery. In some cases, cord blood can be donated. Ask your provider for information or read more in our post about what is cord blood and why it is important.

Choose a provider for your baby:

You will need to decide on a provider for your baby by the time you deliver. The hospital will send your baby’s information and test results to your chosen provider. Your baby is commonly seen the day after birth. You will need to contact the provider’s office prior to delivery and make sure they are accepting your insurance and are taking new patients. We can provide you with a list of providers if you have trouble locating one.

Obtain and install a car seat:

You must have a car seat installed in your vehicle before taking baby home. By law, children must be in a federally approved, properly installed, crash-tested car seat for every trip in the car beginning with the trip home from the hospital.

Learn more about breastfeeding:

Human milk is perfectly designed nutrition for babies. Babies who are breastfed get fewer infections and are hospitalized less. Mothers that breastfeed burn 500 calories a day which can help lose extra weight and reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. After delivery, the nurses and a lactation specialist are there to help you learn the art of breastfeeding.

Circumcision:

A circumcision is the removal of excess foreskin from the penis of baby boys. We can perform this procedure the day after delivery. Although circumcision is widely performed, it is an elective procedure with potential complications: bleeding, infection, urethral and penile injuries. We do use a local anesthesia. Our providers will discuss the procedure in detail with you at the appropriate visit. We respect your choice if you decide not to.