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Preparing to give birth

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.

Preregister for your stay

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.

Maternity Admission Form

Meet with a maternity preadmission nurse

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.

Think about your birthing preferences

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.

How to prepare for your hospital stay

Sign up for virtual classes

The Hospital offers virtual classes about newborn care and breastfeeding, along with virtual lactation support services.