At White Plains Hospital we offer many ways to help you plan ahead for your baby's arrival. We are here to provide you with the answers, reassurance and services you need so that you can focus on what matters most—welcoming your new baby into the world.
The following steps can help you prepare for your baby's arrival.
To ensure a fast, smooth admission process, we suggest you preregister long before you notice the first signs of labor. You can preregister by completing a maternity preadmission form and submitting it two months prior to your expected due date. This information will be used to admit you when you are ready to deliver your baby and will reduce the amount of paperwork you will need to fill out when you arrive. For more information, call 914.681.1140.
To help you be well prepared for the big day, we invite you to meet with one of our maternity preadmission nurses. During this private meeting, we will review your medical and obstetrical history, discuss your birth preferences and expectations, answer your questions, and connect you to our wide range of resources, such as our childbirth education and breastfeeding classes.
In lieu of a meeting, our maternity preadmission nurses are available to you any time prior to your delivery to answer any questions that may arise.
Make an appointment with a maternity preadmission nurse by calling 914.681.2614.
Childbirth is a uniquely personal experience. Knowing in advance the type of birth that is right for you will make it that much easier to have all of the key elements in place when it is time to have your baby. Some of the options you may want to consider include:
- The birth atmosphere, including lighting and music
- Support persons present at the birth
- Comfort measures, including breathing techniques and integrative medicine
- Use of a birth ball for comfort and pain relief
- Birthing preferences
- Permission to use blood products
- Pain management options
- Taking care of your baby, including feeding and circumcision
We strive to exceed your expectations and will work closely with you to accommodate your birth preferences. Discuss your birth preferences with your obstetrician to ensure that your vision aligns with what is best for you and your baby.
- Choose a pediatrician before delivery. If you need guidance on how to select a provider, click here: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/Pages/How-To-Choose-A-Pediatrician.aspx
- Vaccinations help protect your baby in the early months of infancy and throughout their lives. Speak to your obstetrician for additional information regarding the importance of vaccines.
- Car seats should be properly installed prior to arriving at the Hospital. Your local fire department and/or police department may have qualified Child Passenger Safety Technicians to help inspect your car seat. Please visit the NHTSA website for assistance with car seat inspections, recalls, and installations: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#installation-help-inspection
- Establish child care for other siblings at home.
- A breast pump may be covered by your insurance provider. To see if you qualify, click here: https://insurancecoveredbreastpumps.com/
- Pack weather appropriate clothing for your baby for day of discharge.
The Hospital offers virtual classes about newborn care and breastfeeding, along with virtual lactation support services.