Preparing for Your Baby

Childbirth and Childbirth Classes

As your due date gets closer, it’s a good idea to sign up for childbirth education available at most hospitals. Take this time to prepare yourself as much as possible about childbirth and becoming a new parent.

It is best to let labor start on its own and allow your baby to grow and develop the full 40 weeks of pregnancy. While being done with pregnancy may seem tempting, especially during those last few weeks, inducing labor is associated with increased risks, including prematurity, a cesarean section, hemorrhage and infection.

Induction of labor or a cesarean section should only be scheduled before 39 weeks for medical reasons—not for convenience or scheduling concerns. If your doctor is worried about the health of your baby, an induction or cesarean section may still be the best option.

For more information, speak with your healthcare provider, visit www.marchofdimes.org  or contact the B – UFC/ALTCS Maternal Child Health Department to speak with an OB Case Manager.

View the related information found within our guide, Planning a Healthy Pregnancy:

Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Baby

This is a good time to choose your baby’s pediatrician. Ask your doctor for a recommendation, or you can call B – UFC/ALTCS’s Customer Care Center at to get help choosing a pediatrician, setting up an appointment, and arranging a ride.

Feeding Your Baby

Decide how you would like to feed your baby. Breastfeeding and bottle feeding have different benefits to help you and your family bond. 

If You Choose Breastfeeding

Did you know that your health plan can provide you a free breast pump? You can call B – UFC/ALTCS’s Customer Care Center to get more information. 

Your local WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) office has Lactation Consultants that are available to help with breastfeeding questions and problems. They offer a 24/7 breastfeeding support hotline as well as free breastfeeding classes to help support your breastfeeding goals (800) 2525-WIC. WIC can also assist in covering the cost of formula if you choose to bottle feed your baby.