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Getting ready? Tips to help prepare for your baby

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Congratulations!
You’ve safely carried your baby for 40 weeks (or thereabouts). But that’s only half the challenge.

What Now?
Got questions about labor & delivery? Has your doctor mentioned the possibility of induction or Cesarean section? Do you have a carseat and a crib?

All of these questions and concerns are normal when you're about to give birth. Here's some help...

If you're looking for free childbirth classes, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies can help. Click here for a list of upcoming, local childbirth classes. Or check with your hospital to see if it offers free classes, as well.
 
Palm Beach County Birthing Hospitals
Want to tour the hospital before you deliver? First find out where your doctor delivers, and what your insurance covers.Then check out the following links to specific information about delivery registration and hospital tours at Palm Beach County area hospitals.

Important to Note!!

After your baby is born, your hospital will not allow you to take your baby home without a carseat - even if you don't have a car.

Plan to get your child’s car seat at least 6 weeks before your due date.  Most of the programs that help with car seats require an appointment so don’t delay.

Safe Kids Palm Beach County offers car seat checks using certified child passenger safety experts who can help you install your car seat correctly and determine the safest way for you to travel with your child.  If you need a car seat, you can purchase a new one for as little as $25.  Safe Kids provides convertible seats that can be used from infancy up to toddler age.  Safe Kids does not offer infant carriers.

Do you need a crib?

For their safety, babies need to sleep alone, in a crib, bassinet or portable crib that has a tight, fitted sheet and no extra blankets or pillows. For more information about safe sleep for babies, click here.

If you need help getting a crib for your baby, please contact HomeSafe, a local organization funded by Children's Services Council that helps provide cribs and other services to families with young children.

 
SOURCES:

March of Dimes
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County
Safe Kids Palm Beach County

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