The to-do list for expecting parents can be daunting and stressful. It’s such an exciting time in your life but you may feel bombarded by everything you have to get done. Try not to let the stress of your responsibilities steal the joy of this amazing experience. Here’s a brief list of the major things that should be priority.
- Choose an OB-GYN, if you don’t already have one established. You’ll get to know your doctor very well with many visits in your future so be sure you’re comfortable with their care.
- Choose a facility for child care in Gainesville or make arrangements for your child if returning to work. Many places offer tours and testimonials from current families.
- Choose a Pediatrician. Some doctors will allow prenatal office visits if you have specific questions or feelings about vaccinations, etc. Often times, there isn’t much you need to do until the baby is born and the hospital notifies the doctor for their rounds.
- Create a registry for all of the items you’ll need. Babies may be small but they come with lots of gear! It’ll be more beneficial to you for your friends and family to get what you like.
- Look into the necessities you need such as a crib, changing table, rocking/feeding chair, car seat and stroller.
- Take some kind of birthing classes either at the hospital, online or on DVD. There are many courses that are very informative on labor/delivery as well as newborn care and breastfeeding. Both hospitals in Gainesville, North Florida Regional Medical Center and UF Health, offer a variety of resources and classes. For more information about the parenting classes at North Florida and childbirth classes at UF Health, check out the links provided.
- Last but not least, make arrangements for health insurance for your baby. There isn’t much you can do prior to giving birth, except for educating yourself on what options are available to get the best coverage for the best price. You’ll then have up to 30 days after the baby’s arrival to get a policy that will be effective back to their birth day.
Expecting mom, Kacey Anderson, shares her experience of researching health insurance options for her child.