Preparing for Baby

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Preparing for Baby

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 Allen 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

Childbirth Classes

Allen Hospital offers a variety of informational classes to help prepare expectant mothers and their families for the experience of childbirth and parenting. It is our goal to provide up-to-date information in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

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. 

Taking 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.

Take a Tour

On the big day, you want to know exactly where you're going.   

Pre-register for Your Baby Delivery

Don't worry about completing forms on the big day - you can save time and energy when you arrive at the hospital by pre-registering for your hospital stay.

Coming to the Hospital

When it's time for your baby's delivery, please go directly to Entrance 4 to be admitted. You'll be escorted to the birthing center where you'll have the benefit of our birth suites with their homelike atmosphere.

  • 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 allows you to be in touch as soon as you like! Email the first announcement right from your room, or even better.
  • Comprehensive breastfeeding services include a lactation consultant and educators.
  • Families can send cards and gifts
  • Share photos of your baby through our online nursery.

Going Home

Going home is exciting, but for a new parent it can also seem daunting. Allen offers resources for parents including breastfeeding support.

Whether you're just starting to plan or getting ready to meet your new baby, Allen Hospital is here with the classes, resources and support you need to feel prepared.

For more information, email us or call (319) 235-3620.