You're Pregnant Having a Baby - You're Pregnant!
Congratulations on your pregnancy! You may be setting out on a path that's been followed many times before … but it leads to a destination that's entirely yours. At Riverside we deliver over 3,000 babies a year -- which gives us a lot of expertise and experience -- but we never forget that each birth is unique and highly personal. So along with providing exceptional care, we work hard to make sure your pregnancy, delivery and beyond is positive and memorable for you, your baby and your family.

First Steps
Once you find out you're pregnant, you may be a little surprised at all the things you need to think about. That's why we developed First Steps.

Riverside's First Steps program is your complete resource for helpful information during and after pregnancy. To get started, pick up your First Steps Guide at any of our OB physician offices. The Guide will tell you about Riverside's wide range of birthing services and special classes.

The Guide also includes:

  • a calendar for your appointments with your doctor
  • what you can expect when you - and then you and your baby - are at Riverside
  • some important checklists
  • a labor log sheet
  • other helpful tools and tips

Doctor Appointments
Be sure to see your doctor on an ongoing basis during pregnancy. It's an important step toward staying healthy during these important months. Next sign up for the First Steps Newsletter, 10 months of useful information that will guide you through pregnancy and childbirth. It's a free email newsletter that features tips and reminders that this is one of life's most incredible journeys. Click here to sign up for the First Steps newsletter.

Preregister For Baby's Birth
We recommend that you preregister for your hospital stay around the eighth month of your pregnancy. You have several options:

By preregistering, you can give us the information we need for your hospital record before it's time for you to come to the hospital. This helps us prepare for your arrival in advance and allows you to focus more completely on having your baby.

Find a Doctor
Please remember that during your pregnancy you'll need to choose a doctor to care for your newborn. We'll ask you for this information when you come to the hospital for baby's birth.

Packing Your Suitcase
As your expected delivery date approaches, be sure you have packed or made a list of those things you plan to pack for your hospital stay.

Programs and Classes
Riverside offers a variety of classes and other programs for mothers-to-be and their support persons.

Our Antepartum Unit
If your physician determines that you need to be admitted to the hospital prior to your expected delivery date, we will admit you to our Antepartum Unit. This unit specializes in caring for women having high-risk pregnancies. Located directly adjacent to the Labor and Delivery Unit, the Antepartum Unit has seven private rooms and features centralized fetal monitoring by registered nurses.