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Maternity at Providence health and services in Washington.

Before Labor: Learn as much as you can

  • Read about pregnancy, childbirth and newborns
  • Attend as many of the family education classes as possible
  • Ask questions in class and at your physician's or midwife's office
  • Read and reread the information on labor and birth
  • Complete a birth plan and review it with your instructor and your physician or midwife
  • Choose some names for the baby
  • Pack your bags and prepare as much as you can during the last month. Make a list of things you need to add at the last minute. Review the list What to Bring to the Hospital.
  • Have a car seat ready to take your baby home.