Home and Personal Readiness

Whether you're a first time parent or experienced, a few tips for getting ready for your bundle of joy can't hurt. Here are a few pointers that can make your experience smoother. First and foremost, take care of yourself and your baby during pregnancy by keeping appointments with your OB/GYN provider, eating well, and cutting out bad habits.

Take a Class - Some are Appropriate Very Early in Pregnancy 
Marshall Medical Center has several classes about preparing for childbirth and parenting. For more information or to register for classes, please call (530)626-2990. A list of classes and their descriptions is available online here
Educate Yourself with Books and Articles
There are many excellent books to consider to help you prepare for your birthing experience. We recommend:
What to Expect When You're Expecting - Eisenberg, et al, Workman Publishing Company ISBN 0894829X
The Nursing Mother's Companion - Higgins, K; Harvard Press 

Prepare for Breastfeeding
If you plan to breastfeed your baby there are several things you can do to prepare for the best experience possible.

For questions or concerns about breastfeeding please call Marshall's Breastfeeding Support Services at (530) 626-2835. If you have flat or inverted nipples, it is a good idea to contact Breastfeeding Support Services before your delivery.

We encourage you to ask questions. Talk to family members or friends who have breastfed, childbirth class teachers, lactation consultants, nurses and doctors. Talk to other mothers who have breastfed their babies successfully and they can help you understand what to expect. 

Rest assured, when you're here with us, our experienced lactation consultants will help you every step of the way. We're proud to support Baby Friendly Hospital practices and have one of the best breastfeeding initiation and success rates in the State

Logistics and Supplies

2 Months Before Due Date
  • Prepare your nursery with furniture, clothing, etc. - wash baby clothes so you don't have to later - you won't have time.
  • Plan your transportation to and from the hospital.
  • Purchase car seat and learn how it works - you can't leave the hospital without one.
  • If you plan to breastfeed, you probably will want a breast pump. Now's the time to buy one and learn how it works.
1 Month Before Due Date
  • Install car seat in your vehicle. Many fire stations will do this for you to ensure proper installation.
Pack Your Bag for the Hospital
  • Clothing, including nightgowns, robe, slippers, nursing bras with good support, socks and underwear (for breastfeeding, plan on front closure clothing options)
  • Special toiletry items - we provide the basics, but if you want anything of your own, you may bring it
  • Eyewear and supplies - if you wear contacts, you may want to bring your glasses too
  • Hair accessories to keep hair out of eyes
  • A couple personal items are okay - your own pillow, a book or a CD or DVD
  • Maternity clothes for the trip home - and comfortable shoes

Pack Your Baby's Bag

  • Prewashed clothing for going home
  • Bootie socks for hands and feet
  • Car window shade to block sun

Pack Support Person's Bag

Marshall attempts to allow your support person to stay with you -- when our new Birth Center opens in Fall, 2012, the all-private suites will always allow rooming-in with mom for the most comfortable and family-oriented experience possible.

  • Change of comfortable clothing
  • Toiletry items
  • Cameras with batteries
  • Watch with a second hand - for timing contractions
  • Tennis balls for back massage
  • Box for bringing home flowers and gifts received
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Cash/change for vending and food
  • Contact list for news sharing
  • Magazines, books or other reading materials
  • Hard candy to give mom during labor