Guide to Having a Baby

Pregnancy is an exciting time - but it can also be a time of anxiety and uncertainty, particularly for first-time parents. This guide will help outline important steps you can take to ensure a health pregnancy for you and your baby.

Medical Care During Pregnancy

One of the first priorities after finding out you are pregnant is selecting a provider to care for you during your pregnancy.  Memorial Physician Services offers highly qualified obstetricians who can guide you through your healthcare needs and decisions.

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Your first appointment with you selected provider should occur in or around your eighth week of pregnancy.

If you are healthy and have a low-risk pregnancy, you can expect to see your provider every four weeks until the 28th week of pregnancy.  From 28 to 36 weeks, you will usually see your provider every two weeks.  After 36 weeks of pregnancy until delivery, your appointments may be weekly or even more frequent.


Finding a Provider for Your Baby

A pediatrician will provide healthcare for your baby after he/she is born.  Before you are discharged from Family Maternity Suites, your nurse will check with you to make sure you have selected a pediatrician.  If you are looking for a pediatrician, Memorial Physician Services offers highly qualified providers at convenient locations across central Illinois.

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Caring for Yourself During Pregnancy

Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, making self-care an important part of being pregnant.  It is important to ask questions and discuss these changes with your healthcare provider.  Keeping a list of questions between appointment can help you ensure you are getting the most out of your time with your provider

If you haven't already begun taking prenatal vitamins, start taking them as soon as possible.  These vitamins provide nutrients that are essential for your health and that of your baby.

Classes that provide information about pregnancy and childbirth can increase your knowledge and help decrease anxiety.  Read more on available classes and register today.


If you arrive between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays or between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays, use the main entrance at First and Miller streets.

If you arrive after 8 p.m., enter through the Emergency Department entrance on Rutledge Street.

Parking is available directly across the street from the main entrance. Valet parking is also available.


We want to make your registration as quick as possible. To avoid delay and inconvenience at the time of admission, please complete a preregistration form and return it to us. Or, Preregister Online. By providing complete and accurate information, you can assure yourself of a smooth registration and admission.

If you have any questions, please call Memorial's Admitting Department at 217-788-3709 or 217-788-3124.

What to Bring

You will need:

  • insurance cards and any forms provided by your insurance company
  • toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush, face wash, shampoo, etc.)
  • sleepwear (optional)
  • clothes to go home for Mom
  • clothes for baby

What Not to Bring

Do not bring:

  • credit cards
  • jewelry
  • more than $5 cash
  • valuables
  • medicine (prescription or over-the-counter)