What To Do Before You Are Due

Much of your pregnancy will be spent planning for the arrival of your new baby. Here are some of the details you’ll want to include in your plans.

Choose Your OB/GYN

As soon as you discover that you’re pregnant, you’ll want to choose an obstetrician to oversee your pregnancy journey and keep you and your baby healthy and comfortable. The first visit will include various prenatal tests and a review of your medical history. Providence Hospital is proud of our longstanding relationship with obstetricians across West Mobile. Together, we deliver about 1,800 babies every year. Many of the grandmothers of babies born today at Providence were born here, too. We value the trust these women and their doctors place in us year in and year out.

Complete Your Pre-admission Registration

Completing our pre-admission registration will help streamline the admission process when you arrive at the hospital for delivery. Please click the link below, print the form, complete it and mail it to:

Providence Hospital
Admissions Department
P.O. Box 850429
Mobile, AL 36685

For more information about pre-admission, call (251) 633-1100.

Click here for a printable Pre-admission Form

Register For Childbirth Classes

Knowing what to expect during labor and delivery and in the precious days immediately following your baby’s birth will help prepare you and your partner for the birthing experience. Providence Hospital offers a variety of childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care classes. Early registration is highly encouraged as these classes fill up quickly. Plan to register by the 28th week of pregnancy and complete your classes by your 37th week. For more information about childbirth classes, call (251) 633-1969.

Click here to view the Childbirth Classes schedule

Create Your Birth Plan

We are committed to working with you and your doctor to give you the birth experience you desire. We encourage you to craft a birth plan, including your preferences for pain management, with your doctor and discuss it with your physician prior to your delivery date.

We will strive to accommodate your requests to the best of our ability but the health and safety of mother and baby are always the priority. Your physician and care team may need to deviate from your plan in order to keep you and your baby safe.

Choose A Pediatrician

Your little one will need to undergo several newborn screenings both in the hospital and within the first week of delivery, so having a pediatrician already lined up is an important step in preparing for your baby’s arrival. We recommend that you choose your baby’s pediatrician and visit the pediatrician’s office prior to delivery so you can ask questions regarding breastfeeding, check-ups and immunizations. The pediatrician’s office staff can also assist you with questions or concerns about insurance coverage for the baby.  Be sure to give us the name of your pediatrician when you are admitted for delivery.

Some pediatricians visit their new patients at Providence and others do not. If your pediatrician does not make patient rounds, our full-time pediatric hospitalists will take care of your baby in the hospital. And, after the two of you are discharged, you will follow up with your pediatrician.

Complete Your Baby’s Birth Certificate Application

You might not have decided on Baby’s name before delivery, but completing the birth certificate application and bringing it with you to the hospital will save time later. Click here to download the application, then print and complete it. Be sure to bring it with you to the hospital the day you deliver!

Pack Your Suitcase

Packing a suitcase for your hospital stay before you go into labor will give you peace of mind knowing that you have everything you’ll need with no last-minute worries. Click here for a handy checklist of what to pack for you, your labor coach and your baby.

Click here to view a helpful packing checklist!

Don’t Forget The Car Seat

Packing a suitcase for your hospital stay before you go into labor will give you peace of mind knowing  that you have everything you’ll need with no last-minute worries. Click here for a handy checklist of what to pack for you, your labor coach and your baby.