Even though pregnancy takes nine months, there is plenty to do during those months to prepare for the arrival of your new little one. Whether it's your first baby or tenth, we want you to feel prepared for the birth of your baby at Utah Valley Hospital. The following are some important things to do before you deliver at our hospital.

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Choose an OB (Obstetrician)

An obstetrician is a doctor that will work with you throughout your pregnancy, as well as during and after labor and delivery. This is an important choice. If you haven't already selected an obstetrician, you can find one with our Find a Doctor tool. If you have already selected an obstetrician, make sure he or she has privileges to deliver at Utah Valley Hospital.

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Be Current on Your Immunizations

Before arriving at the hospital to deliver your baby, please work with your primary care provider to ensure you are up to date on your immunizations. See the pregnancy planning immunization checklist.

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Choose a Primary Care Provider for Your Baby

Even though the birth of your baby may be weeks or months away, it's important to select a primary care provider for your baby. This provider will be important in helping your baby get off to a great start and will provide important regular checkups in the weeks and months following the birth of your baby. If you haven't already selected a primary care provider for your baby, check out our Find a Doctor tool.

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Check Your Insurance Coverage

Check with your insurance provider to see what your insurance plan covers for the birth and care of your baby. This will also help you prepare for the costs associated with childbirth.

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Take a Prenatal Education Class

We provide a number of prenatal education and childbirth education classes to help you learn about and be prepared for birth. Our in-person classes are taught by trained staff, and we also provide an online childbirth class you can take at your pace.

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Create a Birthing Plan

Developing a birthing plan can help you feel prepared for the big day. Your physician may have birthing plan outlines available, or you can use our birthing plan template. You should consult with your physician about your birthing plan to make sure it will work for you. Our care teams do their best to accommodate birthing plans where possible, but not all elements of your plan may be possible. We use research-based practices to ensure the safety and care of each mom and baby.

Because labor and delivery is a dynamic process, and conditions can change quickly, please be flexible with your birthing plan. Even if things don't go exactly as planned, the goal for everyone involved is a safe and healthy mom and baby. Learn more about developing a birthing plan.

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Prepare Your Car Seat

You will need to bring a car seat with you to the hospital to be able to safely transport your baby home. Before coming to the hospital, be sure to remove the car seat from the box and practice installing it in your car. The Utah County Health Department offers free car seat classes and provides car seat checks by appointment.

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What to Bring to the Hospital

Sometimes babies come fast. To help feel prepared, you should pack a bag to bring to the hospital. This hospital bag should include items for you, your new baby, and even a significant other. See what you can put in your hospital bag.

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