The big day is approaching. Here's how to get ready.
Learning about labor and delivery, and what to expect, will help you prepare for this next step of your pregnancy.
You can plan to pre-register around your 34th week of pregnancy. The link below will allow you to print and then either mail in or deliver the form to our admitting desk in the lobby of the hospital.
LDR Pre-Registration Forms
Schedule a Tour
At the same time you are pre-registering, you may also want to tour the Women's Center to familiarize yourself with where you will be for your delivery. We welcome private tours. Please call 979.776.2575 to assure that we have rooms available.
Childbirth education classes and activities
St. Joseph offers classes and activities to prepare you, your spouse or support person, and any siblings for childbirth.
Learn about the classes and register online.
Find a physician for your new baby
Choosing a physician for your new baby is an important decision: you will be visiting six times for well-baby checkups in the first year. Choose a physician who accepts your insurance and is a good match for your family.
Babies can be seen by a pediatrician (a physician who specializes in the care of children) or by a family medicine provider (a physician who cares for the entire family).
Find a pediatrician or family medicine provider.
Create a birth plan
A written birth plan allows you to specify your preferences during labor and communicate them to your partner and your medical team.
Your birth plan may include:
How you would like your baby's gender announced
The baby's name, if already decided
Lighting and sound levels in the labor room
Birthing assistance you prefer. (birthing bars, birthing balls, massage, shower)
Type of hydration you prefer (IV, ice chips)
Type of pain medication, and how it should be offered
Fetal monitoring (Must have at least 20 minutes per hour)
Breastfeeding or formula-feeding
Circumcision of male baby
Please understand that your options may change due to the medical condition of you or your baby. However, we will work to honor your choices and include you in any additional decisions related to your care.