Having a baby is an event full of new experiences. We are delighted that you have chosen the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital for your baby's birth. This planner is intended to help keep you organized and informed of what to expect before, during, and after the birth of your baby. Learn more about giving birth at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
We hope that the enclosed information helps you as you plan for the arrival of your new baby. Call the Obstetrical (OB) Admitting office at (617) 732-4005 if you have any questions.
At each visit, your health care provider will check the baby's heart rate, your blood pressure, pulse, temperature and urine. Certain tests will be done throughout your pregnancy such as an ultrasound, blood tests, GTT (test for diabetes), GBS (group B-strep), and others. Speak with your obstetrician/midwife if you have any questions. You can also read about these topics and others in the "Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Your Pregnancy," which was given to you by your obstetrician/midwife.
The birth of a baby brings about new feelings and special concerns. The experience varies from woman to woman. The most common feelings are related to fatigue, discomfort and emotional changes. Nap when your baby naps and accept help from friends, family or professional services. Remember to schedule an appointment for you and your baby for follow-up care. Your activities need to be limited for a while. Listen to your body for signs that you should slow down. Remember to rest often and eat a healthy diet.
We supply pads and panties for you and diapers and clothes for your baby while you are in the hospital. At time of discharge, be sure you take home your Brigham and Women's Hospital knapsack.
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