NWH Northern Westchester Hospital

Preparing for Childbirth

Weeks before your delivery date, we will provide you with information on how you can prepare for your hospital stay, and as how you can provide us with your hopes for your childbirth plan.

Personal Birthing Plan

Every birth is unique and we at NWH respect your personal preferences.  We will help you prepare a Personal Birthing Plan so you can make your wishes known prior to giving birth.

During your pregnancy, you will discuss a delivery plan with your obstetrician, review labor symptoms, and whom to notify and when.  You will learn about pain management and anesthetics, and consider a pain management program with your doctor. You will let us know with whom you choose to share your labor and birth.

NWH in Mt. Kisco, New York prides itself on its Integrative Medicine Department, and many of our nurses are certified in complementary relaxation therapies, including reiki, aromatherapy, guided imagery, and massage. During labor, complementary therapies such as the use of a whirlpool tub, walks, and music will be available to you. Should the need for additional pain management become necessary, there is the option to receive narcotic pain medications and epidurals.

Before You Arrive at NWH

Complete Important Paperwork
A birth certificate form must be completed for all babies born in New York State. We encourage you to download the Birth Certificate Workbooklet and complete as much information as possible and bring it with you to the hospital. The state will mail you an official copy of your baby's birth certificate, which may take a few months.

Remember to put your forms in the overnight bag you are packing for your stay. Please give your completed forms to your nurse. Additional copies are available at the hospital if you need them.

What to Bring 
What to pack for the hospital is one of the most commonly asked questions. We recommend packing your bag a fews weeks prior to your due date so you're ready to go at a moment's notice. You'll need items for yourself, your baby and your spouse or partner.

In addition, it is extremely important that you have a properly installed car seat in order to take your baby  home. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the owner's manuals for both your car seat and car.

Visiting Hours
Visiting hours are directed by the new mom.  However, Maternal/Child Health has a Quiet Bonding Time from 2:00pm to 4:00pm daily, when rest, and quiet time to cultivate relaxation and bonding with newborn.

When You Arrive at the Hospital

After arriving to labor and delivery on the third floor, you will be escorted to a private room to complete any remaining paperwork, as well as to review your birthing plan. We will review your Personal Birthing Plan for pain management options, and for whom you wish to be present in the room with you during your child’s birth.

All newborns are cared for in a safe and secure environment.  Mother, partner, and baby are given special security IDs during their stay.

From the moment you step through our doors, nurses and doctors will work together to ensure comfortable, high-quality care for you and your baby.

Prenatal Booklet

The best way to approach pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the postpartum period is to be informed.

Please follow this link to an informative resource, made possible by the New York State Department of Health and endorsed by ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)

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