Preparing for Childbirth and Delivery

Being prepared for labor and childbirth is important. Here are a few things you may want to do before the big day arrives.

Take Childbirth and Infant Care Classes

Yale New Haven Hospital offers quality childbirth and infant care classes and fitness courses to prepare you for a smooth, safe delivery.

Understand Your Birth Preferences

Making sure that others understand your preferences and beliefs about childbirth is important. In addition to expressing your feelings to your health provider and partner ahead of time, it is a good idea to have a written birth plan on hand so everyone involved in your labor knows exactly what you want. Some things to consider and communicate are:

  • How you feel about using pain medication
  • How your baby should be handled immediately after birth
  • Who is allowed in the room while you're in labor

Create a Contact List

Once your baby arrives, you'll want to spread the news. Jot down the names and numbers of people you want to notify and give it to your partner a week or two before your due date. That way, he or she can make the calls while you rest and spend time bonding with your baby.

Pack Your Bags

If you wait until you feel the first contraction to pack your bags, you're bound to forget a few things in the excitement. Have everything you'll need ready to go several weeks ahead of time-just in case your baby decides to make an early appearance.

Pre-register for Your Visit

If you expect to give birth at Yale New Haven Hospital, you can pre-register for your visit. Filling out paperwork ahead of time will get you through the admitting process faster and minimize inconveniences-like forgetting to secure required pre-approvals from your insurance company. Once you reach your second trimester, you can complete your maternity pre-admission form online or call 203-688-3331 for instructions on submitting your information via mail.

Take the Maternity Tour

We will take you on a free, one-hour guided tour which will include admission, labor and birth, postpartum and discharge. Schedule your tour at least two to three months before the due date. The tour is free, but online registration is required. Tours are designed for expectant parents only. Although children are not allowed on the tour, they can become familiar with the hospital in our Sibling Class. For more information about tours, please call 203-688-2000.

Learn more about the day of delivery

Complete Birth Certificate and Other Paperwork

We advise filling out the below list of forms as best you can and bringing them with you on the day you deliver. You may also want to read about or register for CHET Baby Scholars. This will help speed up the process at the hospital so you can enjoy more time with your baby.