Preparing for Baby

Preparing for Baby

Get the guidance and support you need for a healthy pregnancy and happy newborn from the experts at Birthways. Take advantage of different resources, including classes and checklists, to help you feel as prepared as possible.

Classes We Offer

Register today for online and in-person education that can help you and your family members get ready for your baby's arrival. Check out our calendar for upcoming:

  • Childbirth (Lamaze) classes
  • Prenatal and postpartum exercise classes
  • Breastfeeding education and support groups
  • Newborn care and parenting classes
  • Classes to prepare siblings for a new brother or sister

How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy

To give your baby the healthiest possible start and feel your best during pregnancy, use our checklist [PDF], organized by trimester. Follow our general recommendations:

  • Don't use tobacco, alcohol, or drugs while pregnant. Avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Eat a healthy diet and take a prenatal vitamin daily.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get regular prenatal care on the schedule your doctor recommends. Follow your doctor's recommendations on what to do and things to avoid.
  • Get support from family and friends.
  • Find healthy ways to manage stress.
  • Manage other health conditions you have, such as diabetes.

Count Your Baby's Kicks

Around 28 weeks of your pregnancy, pick a time each day to count 10 movements (kicks, jabs, pokes, etc.) made by your baby. Don't be worried if it takes more than two hours for your baby to move 10 times, but contact your doctor.

Getting Ready for Childbirth

Take time to:

  • Find out what it's like to stay at Birthways and view an online tour
  • Learn what to pack for the birth center and what to expect during labor and delivery

Review your insurance information and register for your hospital stay

Deliver Your Baby at Birthways

Save time and help us best prepare for your care by letting us know you’ve chosen Birthways.

Register Today

Birthways Guide

Birthways Guide

Download our printable Birthways Guide book for lots of resources to help prepare you for your pregnancy, delivery day and beyond.

Download the Birthways Guide