Pre-Delivery Check List
Our dedicated staff is here to help you prepare for your delivery in advance so that you feel ready when the time comes to have your baby. Below is a recommended pre-delivery check list. If possible, please have these items completed no later than the early part of your third trimester.
Schedule a hospital maternity tour and educational classes
Before your hospital stay, you are encouraged to attend a tour to experience our accommodations and services first-hand. We also offer educational classes for parents and families on childbirth preparation, breastfeeding support, newborn care and other topics. Schedules for campus maternity tours and educational classes are available online.
To schedule a campus tour or register for a class online, visit: memorialhermann.org/classes-events
You may also call (713) 222-CARE (2273) to register for a tour or class at your Memorial Hermann campus.
Pre-register for your hospital stay
Pre-registering from the comfort of your home is easy and will save you time. Pre-registration for childbirth is required before your admission for delivery and should be completed prior to the 28th week of pregnancy.
To pre-register for child birth online, visit: memorialhermann.org/patients-caregivers/pre-registration
After you have submitted your pre-registration form, a representative from the hospital will contact you by phone or email to confirm that your online pre-registration has been completed. Once you have pre-registered online, you should also complete and sign the necessary consent forms. For more information, reach out to the Memorial Hermann hospital campus you selected to have your delivery.
Discuss your birth plan
It is recommended that you discuss your birth plan with your physician prior to your arrival to the hospital for delivery.
Select a pediatrician
It is highly recommended to select your baby’s pediatrician prior to delivery. Children’s Memorial Hermann has affiliated pediatrician practices across the Greater Houston Area.
For assistance finding a pediatrician, visit memorialhermann.org/doctors or call (713) 222-CARE (2273). Please call the office of the pediatrician you select to verify that he or she is accepting new patients.
Packing for the hospital
In the third trimester of your pregnancy, it is helpful to begin making a list and gathering the items you will need to take with you to the hospital. Below is a list of suggested items you may want to pack and bring with you for your hospital stay. Please do not bring jewelry, excessive cash, credit cards or other valuables to the hospital.
- Identification: Both patient and partner or support person must bring government-issued photo identification
- Pre-registration paperwork and your insurance card
- A list of prescription medications you are currently taking and their dosage
- Cell phone and extended length cord charger is recommended
- Lip balm for use during labor
- Toiletries and personal items that make you feel at home, such as: hair brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, eye glasses, contact lens supplies, deodorant, face wash, body wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, head bands or pony tail holders, etc.
- Items that help you relax or feel more comfortable – your favorite music, your special pillow, a body pillow, etc.
- Comfortable pajamas or loungewear
- Robe, slippers and socks
- Nursing bras and/or comfortable bras
- Comfortable clothes and shoes to wear home
- Limited amount of money for parking, meals and snacks
- Baby book for your newborn’s footprints
- Video camera, camera, iPad or similar tablet, and chargers – Many patients want to take photos with their newborns after the delivery. We politely request that you follow our policy of respecting each mother’s privacy and not allowing photo or video recordings of the actual delivery. Please also check with your obstetrician regarding his or her policy regarding photography and video.
For Your Partner or Support Person:
- A change of clothes
- Nutritious snacks and beverages
- Toiletries and personal items needed
- Cell phone, charger, and any chargers needed for personal electronics
For Your Baby:
- A going home outfit – a sleeper with legs makes it easier to buckle an infant into their car seat
- A lightweight baby blanket
- An approved infant rear-facing car seat – Please review the owners’ manuals for your infant car seat and your vehicle to ensure your infant car seat is properly installed.