Preparing for Baby

You’ve safely carried your baby for 40 weeks (or thereabouts). But that’s only half the challenge.

What Now?
Got questions about labor & delivery? Wondering what to pack when you go to the hospital? Has your doctor mentioned the possibility of induction or Cesarean section?

If you're looking for free childbirth classes, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies can help. Click here for the 2015 schedule.

Thinking About Inducing Labor?
Sometimes inducing birth is medically necessary, but many births are being scheduled early for non-medical reasons. What this could mean for you and your baby:

  • Inducing labor may not work. It can double your chance of needing a C-section.
  • More health problems occur for babies born before 39 weeks than those born later.
  • Babies born early have a higher chance of learning and behavioral problems.
  • Breathing problems are more likely to develop in babies born early.


Palm Beach County Hospitals
Want to tour the hospital before you deliver? First find out where your doctor delivers, and what your insurance covers.Then check out the following links to specific information about delivery registration and hospital tours at Palm Beach County area hospitals.

Important to Note!!

After your baby is born, your hospital will not allow you to take your baby home without a carseat.

To find out more about this rule, and how to prepare in advance for taking your baby home from the hospital, please see below:

Baby On The Way (English flyer)

Palm Beach County carseat fitting stations

Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue fitting stations

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