- Around 36 weeks, your doctor may examine you for dilation and effacement (or thinning of the cervix). Talk to your doctor if you have questions regarding these exams.
Preparing for Delivery
- Remind your friends and family who'll be visiting you in the hospital that Virtua is a no smoking facility.
- Remember to bring your car seat with you to the hospital. Get it inspected by Virtua's certified child passenger safety seat technicians. Ask your nurse about this service.
- Pack for the hospital.
- Find out where to go when you are in labor.
- If you've decided to privately bank your cord blood, remember to bring your kit with you to the hospital, along with the proper paperwork.
Preparing for Your Baby's Arrival
- Make sure you have all your breastfeeding supplies such as an infant feeding pillow, pump, nursing bras, etc.
- Download a breastfeeding app. From tracking feedings to taking the guesswork out of safe medications, there’s an app for that.
- Notify your insurance company of your baby's birth within 24 hours of delivery to ensure insurance coverage.
- Quiet time is from 2 to 4 pm. This time is reserved for you to rest and bond with your baby. We encourage you to limit visitors during this time.
- Look for your discharge packet when you leave the hospital. It contains your birth certificate form, discharge information and postpartum and breastfeeding support group information.
- Virtua staff will help you process the appropriate paperwork to get your baby’s birth certificate. Remember that this process can take up to several weeks.
- Check out Virtua's gift shops for a variety of gifts and personal care products for you and your baby.