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Maternity and Childbirth Services

Preparing for Baby

A Checklist to Make Life Easier

Congratulations! Preparing for a new baby is exciting, but can also be a bit overwhelming. We are here to help. This list breaks down by trimester some of the most important "to do" items. Our maternity nurse navigator can also be a great resource - a pregnancy and birth planning "concierge." Contact her at 314-205-6385 or at maternity.navigator@stlukes-stl.com.

During Your First Trimester (weeks 1 - 12)

Contact your obstetrician or primary care provider and schedule your prenatal care.
If you don't already have one or want to be sure to choose one who delivers at St. Luke's, contact the Maternity Nurse Navigator at 314-205-6385 or at Maternity.Navigator@stlukes-stl.com, or the nurses with St. Luke's Physician Referral Service at 314-205-6060 for help finding a physician that meets your specific needs. Or search the online physician directory.

During Your Second Trimester (weeks 13 - 28)

Take St. Luke's Maternity Tour to see why moms choose St. Luke's for their birth experience.
Schedule a Maternity Tour or call 314-205-6906.

Contact St. Luke's Maternity Nurse Navigator for a more personalized, concierge-style pregnancy and birth experience, including a private Maternity Tour.
Call 314-205-6385 or e-mail Maternity.Navigator@stlukes-stl.com.

Sign up for maternity classes.
Check out the variety of classes and register online or call 314-205-6906.

Take a childbirth class in the comfort of your home.
Preview a class demo or register for St. Luke's Online Childbirth Class.

Pre-register for hospital admission for your baby's birth online.

Choose a Pediatrician before your baby arrives.
Contact the Maternity Nurse Navigator at 314-205-6385 or Maternity.Navigator@stlukes-stl.com, or the nurses with St. Luke's Physician Referral Service at 314-205-6060 for help finding a pediatrician that meets your specific needs. Or search the online physician directory. Get tips for choosing a pediatrician.

During Your Third Trimester (weeks 29 - 40)

Register for an online breastfeeding program to prepare you for breastfeeding and continue to access it as a helpful resource after your baby is born. Or register for a traditional classroom breastfeeding class.

Pack your hospital bag.
Download a suggested packing list. (PDF) PDF

Install your baby's car seat.
Find information on choosing and installing car seats.

Sign up for a complimentary St. Luke's Spirit of Women membership.
In addition to great discounts at area retailers (including on nursing apparel and breastfeeding supplies in St. Luke's Lactation Center), this free membership gives you the resources and inspiration to keep you and your growing family healthy. Sign up online or by calling 314-205-6654.