Preparing for Childbirth
In the weeks before your delivery date you will begin preparing for childbirth. We will help provide you with information on how you can prepare for your hospital stay. At that time we will also arrange for YOU to provide US with your plan and hopes for your childbirth.
Your Personal Birthing Plan
Every birth is unique and we at NWH respect your personal preferences. While you are preparing for childbirth we will help you create a Personal Birthing Plan so you can make your wishes known prior to giving birth.
During your pregnancy, you will discuss a Birthing Plan with your obstetrician:
- review labor symptoms
- when you sense signs of labor, whom to notify and when
- pain management plan such as anesthetics and complementary medicine
- option of a birthing stool
- plan in the event a cesarean delivery is required, Gentle C option
- who you want with you during delivery
Before You Arrive at NWH
Complete Important Paperwork
A part of preparing for childbirth includes important paperwork that can now be completed beforehand.
Complete the NWH OB Pre-admission Form before your scheduled arrival to streamline the registration process and save you time the day you arrive. Download and print OB Pre-Admission Form & Instructions
Instrucciones Sobre el Formulario de Preingreso de Obstetricia
A birth certificate form must be completed for all babies born in New York State. We encourage you to download the NY State Birth Certificate Workbooklet and complete as much information as possible ahead of time. We've included in this workbooklet only the pages you need. Bring the birth certificate form with you to the hospital. The state will mail you an official copy of your baby’s birth certificate, which may take 4 to 6 weeks.
Remember to put your forms in the overnight bag you are packing for your stay. Please give your completed forms to your nurse. Additional copies are available at the hospital if you need them.
What to Bring
When preparing for childbirth we recommend packing your bag a few weeks prior to your due date so you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice. Make lists of the items to bring: for yourself, for your baby, for your spouse or partner, and for NWH.
In addition, it is extremely important that you have a properly installed car seat in order to take your baby home. We urge you to familiarize yourself with the owner’s manuals for both your car seat and car. For more information visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
When You Arrive at Northern Westchester Hospital
Go to Maternal-Child Health on the 3rd floor. There, you will be escorted to your private room. You will complete any remaining paperwork, if necessary. You will review your Birthing Plan, in particular your pain management options and confirm who you want to be with you during delivery.
Mother, partner, and baby are given special security IDs during their stay. All newborns are cared for in a safe and secure environment.
From the moment you step through our doors, nurses and doctors will work together to ensure comfortable, high-quality care for you and your baby.
After You Give Birth
After your baby is born, your nurses will guide you on how to care for yourself and your baby: how to feed, diaper, bathe, and care for your new baby. The nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital are always available to answer any questions.
Breast Feeding Mothers' Bill of Rights
Our Board-certified Lactation Consultants provide guidance and support with breastfeeding while you are with us AND after you go home. A lactation consultant is available for one-on-one support 24/7 during your and your baby’s stay at NWH. You can also meet with our Lactation Consultant after you and your baby go home. Simply ask your pediatrician for a referral for a consultation with an NWH Lactation Consultant, or simply call 914.666.1370.
For questions regarding breastfeeding call: 914.666.1370.
The Newborn Channel, a complimentary television service offered by NWH, is available as an additional educational opportunity.
The Newborn Channel provides educational programming, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to all patients on the maternity floor, including those in labor and delivery.
Topics include diaper changing, postpartum care, first aid, automobile safety, comforting a crying baby, coming home, and more.
Programs can be accessed on Channel 70 of your television.
Channel 71 features these programs in Spanish.
If you are interested in having your birth announcement released to the media, here are some birth announcement guidelines of what information you should include in your email to the local media outlets.
Bringing Your Baby – Home Car Seat Safety
It is required by law that parents have an appropriate rear-facing car seat in which to take their baby home from the hospital.
Find information about safe car seats for your newborn, atthe US Department of Transportation’s website on car seat safety: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/
Or the American Academy of Pediatric’s sponsored website:
The Newborn Channel
Watch videos and access program transcripts
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Preconception Health by the March of Dimes
KellyMom Breastfeeding and Parenting
A database of drugs on TOXNET to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed, including possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider
Child Safety Seat Inspection Locator – National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration
Find a child safety seat inspection station nearest you.
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses
American Academy of Pediatrics – Breastfeeding
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
If you would like additional help in preparing for childbirth at NWH call us today at 914.666.1200. Also visit our Maternal/Child Health page to learn more about giving birth at NWH.