- It's not too early to think about labor and delivery. You'll want to consider issues such as how you'd like to manage pain, who should be present at the birth, and whether you'll need an interpreter.
- Regular exercise can help you maintain fitness. Don't overdo—you should be able to talk without becoming short of breath.
- If you have a family history of genetic disorders, or are at high risk for certain problems, your doctor may suggest amniocentesis between the 15th and 18th weeks of pregnancy. A sample of amniotic fluid is tested to detect conditions such as Down syndrome.
- Birth and parenting classes can help you prepare and set your mind at ease.
- If you already have children, help them get ready to be a big brother or sister.
- Preregistering for hospital admission saves time when the big day comes!
- As you plan for labor, it helps to know that Valley Medical Center offers a range of options for managing pain, from massage to medication.
- To help pregnant women stay fit, The Fitness Center offers a prenatal pre-natal water exercise class. Call 425.656.4006.
- Specialists at VMC's Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic offer counseling for a variety of medical or genetic disorders. To learn more, call 425.656.5520.
- We know one size doesn't fit all, so we offer classes tailored for dads and for families expecting more than one baby. See our Birth Prep Classes or call 206.575.BABY.
- Valley Medical Center encourages all family members to participate in welcoming baby. We offer classes especially for siblings, grandparents, and adoptive families.
- Complete and send in your hospital preregistration form. For questions, call the Admitting office at 425.228.3440 ext. 5745.