Home > Services > Family Maternity Suites > Guide to Having a Baby Services 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. Memorial Physician Services SIU Medicine Springfield Clinic OB 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. Memorial Physician Services SIU Medicine Springfield Clinic 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. Admission 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. Preregistration 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) Returning Home Before You Leave Memorial Our commitment to patient education continues throughout your stay. Your nurse will conduct one-on-one instruction and is always available to answer any questions you may have. During and after your stay here, Memorial's certified Lactation Educators are available for consultation and instruction. Returning Home Returning home with a new baby is exciting and intimidating. To help you make a safe and healthy transition, a Maternal Child Home Health Care program is available through Memorial Home Services, an affiliate of Memorial Health System. Staff members of the Maternal Child Program are registered nurses with obstetric and newborn experience. Please contact Memorial Home Services for more information about the Maternal Child Home Health program. To qualify for the program you must meet the eligibility guidelines for home health care. Mom Baby Group Join this fun and educational opportunity for mothers and babies in the Springfield area. It's an informal and relaxed gathering that encourages interaction and long-lasting friendships. The ongoing group for moms with newborns to 12-month-olds meets every Thursday (except holidays) at 1 p.m., in the Family Maternity Suites, Room G759. Soon after birth, when you feel comfortable, call 217-788-3333 to make arrangements to attend.