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Pre-Admission Maternity Checklist

Are You Ready For Your Baby?

This checklist will help you stay on course as you get closer to the big day.

1st Trimester:

  • Celebrate! Announce the upcoming event to family and friends. Have a romantic dinner with your partner.
  • Stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and any use of street drugs if you haven't already done so.
  • Schedule your first prenatal visit with physician/midwife. Discuss any medications you have been taking.
  • Review your insurance coverage and co-pay. Contact your insurance company to see if you need a pre-certification/authorization number.
  • Consider starting a pregnancy diary and having someone take a picture of you and your expanding shape each month.
  • Make sure to take prenatal vitamins with folic acid.
  • Start drinking lots of fluids, particularly water.
  • Begin reading about pregnancy.
  • Pre-register at the hospital either in person or online. Bring or send a copy of your insurance card.

2nd Trimester:

  • Check with your employer about maternity and family leave benefits.
  • Register and attend prenatal classes.
  • Start thinking about names for your baby. You'll need to fill out birth certificate paperwork before you leave the hospital.
  • Start reading and singing to your baby.
  • Clean the house, update fire extinguishers and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Choose a doctor for your baby and schedule an introductory meeting. You can call 1 (888) 676-8484 or (727) 462-7500 for a free referral or use our online physician finder.

3rd Trimester:

  • Register and tour the hospital's Birth Center where you will give birth.
  • If you are considering a tubal ligation, discuss this with your obstetrician around week 30.
  • Make arrangements with your obstetrician or pediatrician for circumcision, if that is your choice.
  • Discuss an advance medical directive with your physician and family members.
  • Shop for baby care items.
  • Begin to think about child-care plans, if returning to work.
  • Start gathering items to pack for the hospital.
  • Make plans about how you will get to the hospital, night and day. Take a practice trip. Check out parking and entrance.
  • Learn to use the infant car seat. By law, you must have a car seat for discharge.
  • If you have other children, prepare them for the birth. Consider taking a Big Brother, Big Sister class.
  • Prepare and freeze some meals.
  • Double check that you have needed supplies for baby and mom.