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Preparation

As your due date approaches, how will you know when it’s time to call the doctor, grab your bag and head to the hospital? Not so fast! There’s still so much to discuss!

The Countdown to Delivery
As you get closer to delivering, there will be a few changes you will notice. First, your office visits will become more frequent. The visits will be scheduled every two weeks during the last two months of your pregnancy, until your labor begins and you deliver. Although we have calculated your due date, your delivery may be different than that date.

We also will be performing one or more additional diagnostic tests during this time. Typically, between the 34th and 36th week of pregnancy, a Group B Strep test is performed to check for the presence of this common bacteria. If your test result is positive, we will treat you with antibiotics to make sure you don’t pass Group B to your baby during delivery. Your doctor also may request additional tests.

Birthing Classes
Although not necessary, many women and families find it helpful to enroll in Birthing Classes. Not only do these classes help prepare you for the actual birth by teaching proven techniques for delivery, they also famiarize you and your family with the hospital and its procedures.

If you are interested in enrolling in the Birthing Classes at Christiana Care Hospital, visit this website for more information:
http://www.christianacare.org/body.cfm?id=362

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