Having a Baby!
You may be setting out on a path that's been followed many times before… but it leads to a destination that's entirely yours. At Riverside we deliver over 3,000 babies a year -- but we never forget that each birth is unique and highly personal. Along with providing exceptional care and expertise, we work hard to make sure your pregnancy, delivery and beyond is positive and memorable for you, your baby and your family. which gives us a lot of expertise and experience.
Where to Start?
You may be a little surprised at all the things you need to think about once you find out your pregnant . That's why we developed a First Steps program and guide. The helpful program is your resource for complete information during and after pregnancy. You pick up your First Steps Guide at any of our OB physician offices. The guide will tell you about Riverside's wide range of birthing services and special classes.
The guide includes:
Be sure to see your doctor regularly during your pregnancy. It's important for staying healthy during this time. Next, sign up for the First Steps Newsletter, 10 months of useful information that will guide you through pregnancy and childbirth. It's a free email newsletter that features tips and reminders that this is one of life's most incredible journeys. To sign up for the First Steps newsletter, click here.
Preregister For Baby's Birth
We recommend that you preregister for your hospital stay around the eighth month of your pregnancy. You have several options:
- Visit the Admitting Department at Riverside Regional Medical Center
- Preregister online
- Download and mail the preregistration form (PDF) within 30 days of your expected delivery date. Forms will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to your expected due date.
By preregistering, you can give us the information we need for your hospital record before it's time for you to come to the hospital. This helps us prepare for your arrival in advance and allows you to focus more completely on having your baby.
Find a Doctor
Please remember that during your pregnancy you'll need to choose a doctor to care for your newborn. We'll ask you for this information when you come to the hospital for baby's birth.
Packing Your Suitcase
As your delivery date approaches, be sure you have packed or made a list of those things you plan to bring with you for your hospital stay.
Programs and Classes
Riverside offers a variety of classes and other programs for mothers-to-be and their support people.
Our Antepartum Unit
If you need to be admitted to the hospital prior to your expected delivery date, you will be welcomed into an antepartum room. This specialized unit specifically cares for women during their pregnancy. This includes high-risk pregnancies, and for women that have complications arise during pregnancy. Located directly in the Labor and Delivery area, the Antepartum area has four spacious family centered rooms with refrigerators and tables to share a meal with family and friends, along with TV and DVD player in each room.