Before Your Baby Arrives
Having a baby is one of the most memorable and precious moments for a family. During this exciting time of life, it is important to feel confident that you and your baby are receiving the best possible care.
While there are many choices a new family must make throughout this journey, being informed about the level of care you will receive can mean the difference between a happy experience and a less than positive one.
Our comprehensive team has the training, expertise and experience to guide you through the labor and delivery process. Our commitment to healthcare excellence has been demonstrated by our proven ability to provide quality, advanced level care.
Welcoming Your Little One
Forty weeks seems like plenty of time to prepare for your baby’s arrival. However, time goes by quickly. There are plenty of ways you can prepare for the arrival of your little one and make the process go more smoothly.
Below is a list of things to help you get prepared for your baby’s arrival:
- Take a hospital tour - it’s a good idea to take a hospital tour of East Cooper Medical Center to familiarize yourself with the facility and what to expect during your stay.
- Take a birthing and newborn care class - birthing classes will help you learn about the basics of labor, breathing and relaxing techniques and options for pain management. Newborn care classes are especially helpful for first-time parents and are geared toward helping the entire family prepares for the new addition. We also have a sibling class that will teach a new brother or sister how to hold a baby, how to bottle feed and even how to change a diaper.
- Know the breastfeeding basics - breastfeeding does not always happen immediately or easily. It can be a learning process. Make sure you learn the basics before you give birth. East Cooper Medical Center offers free classes that can help prepare you for what to expect. Expecting mothers can take a two-hour breastfeeding class with IBCLC Certified Lactation Consultants who will teach you proper breastfeeding techniques.
- Pack your bag - you should also ease your mind by having your hospital bag packed with all the essentials a few weeks prior to your delivery date.
- Find a Pediatrician - the best time to start looking for a doctor for your baby is mid-way through the pregnancy. Friends, neighbors, and your OB/GYN are great resources for referrals.
Getting Down to the Details Preparing For Baby
- Make your birth plan and decide who will attend the birth - Both making your birth plan and deciding who will attend the birth are very personal decisions. Take some time to research and determine the best options for you and your baby.
- Purchase essential equipment and set up the nursery - There are so many baby products on the market that knowing what you actually need becomes a little overwhelming. Ask friends, family, and other parents about what essentials are most important such as a car seat, crib or bassinet, diapers, wipes, clothing, linens, bottles, and formula. It’s vital to have the basics, so you are well prepared.
- Wash all baby’s linens and clothes prior to use - Make sure to wash all baby clothes, bedding, towels and washcloths in baby detergent before using.
- Install a car seat- Purchase a federally approved car seat and make sure it is properly installed. The safest placement for a car seat is the middle of the rear seat, facing backward.
- Freeze meals, pack the fridge, and line up help - before your due date, it is a good idea to stock your refrigerator with easy to prepare nutritious meals. If you’re fortunate enough to have family nearby it may also be helpful to discuss the various ways they may be able to help in the first couple of months.
Download the New Mom Maternity Packet.
Click here to register online for our childbirth classes or call (843) 884-7031.
Click here to pre-register for your delivery at East Cooper Medical Center.