The following suggestions and activities will help you feel more prepared for entering the hospital and caring for your baby in the first few weeks and months—letting you more fully focus on the birth of your baby.
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Choosing an Obstetrician
An obstetrician, or Ob/Gyn, specializes in caring for women through pregnancy, labor and delivery. They are important partners in making sure you stay healthy before, during and after birth, and also in recognizing possible complications. For the best prenatal care, visit your obstetrician before you become pregnant, or as soon after you become pregnant as possible.
If you need help selecting an obstetrician or midwife, call 616.391.5999 or visit Find a Physician.
Choosing a Pediatrician
Selecting a physician for your baby is an important decision. Spectrum Health Medical Group and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital offer more physicians to choose from than any other health care provider in the region. Since some babies come early, a pediatrician should be selected at least two months before your baby’s due date. If you have not selected a pediatrician, call 616.391.5999 or visit Find a Physician.
Tour the Family Birthplace
Tours of the Family Birthplace are available for expectant parents. Visit our birthing suites, postpartum rooms and newborn observation area, as well as meet some of the friendly and compassionate staff who may be caring for you and your baby on your big day. Visit Family Birthplace Tours for more information.
Attend Birthing Classes
To help prepare for your baby's birth and hospital stay, we encourage you and your partner to attend our prenatal and parenting classes taught by certified childbirth educators. We believe a prepared parent is an empowered parent. Our free "Expecting a Baby?" booklet of class information is available through your physician's office or by calling Healthier Communities at 616.391.5000. To schedule a class, call 616.267.2626, or toll free at 877.495.2626, and select option 4.