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 2,500 babies a year, which gives us a lot of expertise and experience, but we never forget that each birth is unique and highly personal. We work hard to make sure your pregnancy, delivery and beyond is positive and memorable for you, your baby and your family.

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 Healthy Birth & Baby program and guide. The helpful program is your resource for complete information during and after pregnancy. You can pick up your Healthy Birth Guide at any of our OB physician offices. This guide will tell you about Riverside's wide range of birthing services and special classes.

This guide includes:

  • a calendar for your doctor appointments
  • what you can expect at Riverside
  • important checklists
  • a labor log sheet
  • other helpful tools and tips

Doctor Appointments 
Be sure to see your doctor regularly during your pregnancy. It's important for staying healthy during this time. Next, sign up for the Healthy Birth 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 Healthy Birth 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:

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 moms-to-be and their support people.