Congratulations! You're expecting! Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding life experiences you can have, and when the time comes for the birth of your child, you want only the best team working with you and your child. At St. Luke's Hospital, we have a team of expert nurses, doctors, and health educators who will work with you during your pregnancy and post pregnancy to ensure a safe and healthy delivery for both you and your child. We offer resources, classes, and services you need to become well-prepared for your new family member.
Preparing for Baby: Next Steps
PODCAST EPISODE: Top Questions from Expecting Parents
Shari King, RN, labor and delivery nurse at St. Luke's Birth Care Center, joins Dr. Arnold to discuss the top questions she receives from expecting parents.
St. Luke's childbirth classes cover every stage and age group, from health before conception, to baby basics, refresher courses for grandparents, information for siblings, prenatal classes and how to perform infant massages.
Choosing a Provider For Your Baby
First-time mothers often do not realize that in choosing their own doctor for their pregnancy, they must also decide on a pediatrician or family physician for their new baby. This is someone who is different than the OB provider and will take care of you during your pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Read more about choosing a provider for your baby.
Take Care of Yourself During Pregnancy
In order to have a healthy pregnancy for both you and your child, it's important to know what is OK during pregnancy and what to avoid. If you have any questions, contact your OB provider who can give further guidance as to what the right steps are for a healthy lifestyle as you await the birth of your child.
Tour the hospital
On the big day, you want to know exactly where you're going.
Don't worry about completing forms on the big day - you can save time and energy when you arrive at the hospital by preregistering for your hospital stay.
Coming to the hospital
When it's time for your baby's delivery, you'll go directly to the Birth Care Center. Enjoy the 100 percent NICU-ready birth suites equipped just like a home, play areas for children and a coffee shop conveniently located on the first floor of the hospital.
- See our staff recommendations on what to pack for your hospital stay. We provide many amenities, but there are a few things you'll want to bring from home.
- Free wireless access and Web cams allow you to be in touch as soon as you like! E-mail the first announcement right from your room, or even better, use our Web cam to introduce your little one.
- Comprehensive breastfeeding services include lactation consultants and our Breastfeeding Supply Store.
- Share photos of your baby through our online nursery.
Whether you're just starting to plan or getting ready to meet your new baby, St. Luke's is here with the classes, resources and support you need to feel prepared.
For more information, e-mail us or call (319) 369-7264.