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Pregnancy Checklist

During Your First Trimester:

Weeks 1-12

  • Congratulations on your pregnancy! Please contact your OB/GYN physician office to schedule an appointment. This first visit will be
    Pregnancy Checklistlonger as your doctor will review upcoming tests, screenings and assessments. You will receive an information packet to review, complete and submit.
  • Contact your insurance carrier to review insurance coverage for both you and your baby, to inform them you are delivering at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health, and to have your delivery pre-certified.
  • Consider signing up for our Prenatal Yoga class. Visit our Classes & Events tab to learn more and sign up. 

During Your Second Trimester:

Weeks 13-27

  • Schedule your childbirth education, baby care and breastfeeding classes. Visit our Classes & Events tab for a complete listing of all classes designed to meet the needs of our expectant parents.
  • Consider signing up for an Infant/Child CPR class.
  • Consider your options for feeding your baby. Ask your healthcare provider for information on the benefits and management of breast feeding.
  • Become familiar with the newborn decisions (see following pages) that you will need to make before leaving Abington Hospital.

During Your Third Trimester:

Weeks 28-40

  • Consider Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) and flu vaccine for you and your family, which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for prevention of transmitting disease to your baby. Speak with your OB/GYN physician regarding these vaccines.

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  • Select and register with your baby’s healthcare provider (pediatrician/family practice physician). For assistance with finding a provider who will meet your needs, search our directory or call our Physician Referral Service at 215-481-MEDI.
  • Connect with your insurance company to reconfirm your coverage for both you and your infant. Home Care services, such as a visit from a nurse after you arrive home, are very beneficial the first few days after delivery. Speak with your insurance carrier regarding Home Care visit coverage, as well as coverage for a Lactation Consultant home visit and breastfeeding supplies, such as a breastfeeding pump.
  • Explore child care options, if anticipated.
  • If qualified, register for the WIC (Women, Infant and Children) Program.
  • Choose an infant car safety seat and know how to install it properly. Pennsylvania Law requires your baby be in an approved car seat on his/her first ride home. We encourage you to contact the Safe Kids Coalition at 267-426-5714 to schedule your car seat inspection at Abington Hospital or at a location near you.
  • Have a conversation with your physician regarding your future arrival for delivery, your birth plan and comfort measure preferences.
  • Pack a labor bag and a separate post partum bag for your 48 to 72 hour stay at the hospital. Bring contact information for friends and family. Please refer to our What to Pack list.
  • Review the information from childbirth classes regarding the signs of labor, when to call your OB/GYN, when to come to the hospital and map out the best route in which to get there.
  • During daytime hours, enter the hospital through the main entrances of Abington Hospital and proceed to the Labor & Delivery Suites which are located on the 4th floor of the Toll building. After hours, please valet park and enter through the Emergency Trauma Center.

Delivery Day And Your Post Partum Stay…


  • Contact your insurance company to inform them of the birth of your baby. This is important so that your baby’s hospital bills are covered.

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  • Understand the hospital’s visiting hours and hospital security measures for you and your baby.
  • Decide on your hospital baby portrait package. If you choose to participate, photos are taken during your hospital stay.
  • Contact your baby’s healthcare provider to arrange for the first appointment, often within the first few days after being discharged from the hospital.
  • Your hospital stay will be two nights for a vaginal delivery and three nights for a c-section birth, unless your physician determines you need a longer stay.

Decisions Regarding the Care of Your Newborn

Erythromycin Eye Ointment

This is given to newborn babies around the first hour of life. This eye ointment is in compliance with Pennsylvania State Law for prevention of certain eye infections. If you decline this service, you will be asked to sign a release.

Vitamin K Injection

This is especially important to your new baby because Vitamin K is necessary to allow the baby’s blood to clot normally. This injection is in compliance with the American Academy of Pediatrics standard of care. The injection is given around the first hour of life. Should you choose to decline this service you will be asked to sign a release.

Triple Dye

Triple dye antibiotic is applied to the umbilical cord stump on the Mother Baby unit. This purple dye assists with the prevention of infection and the beginning of drying out the cord. Should you choose to decline this service, you will be asked to sign a release.


If your newborn is a boy, you will be asked if you wish to have the baby circumcised. Because this procedure is a matter of choice, please consult with your baby’s healthcare provider. You will be asked to sign a consent for this procedure.


Shots can protect your child from childhood diseases. The Hepatitis B vaccine can be administered in the hospital shortly after birth. Please consult with your baby’s healthcare provider. You will be asked to sign a consent for this immunization to be given. Caregivers are encouraged to receive a flu shot and Tdap for the protection of your newborn.

Newborn Screening Test

Pennsylvania State Law also requires that every newborn be tested shortly after birth for metabolic illness, and that follow up be provided if needed. This blood test is usually done before you and your baby are discharged.

Critical Congenital Newborn Screening

This is a simple, non-invasive test for your baby to screen for congenital heart disease. This is done at least 24 hours after delivery and prior to discharge. Results are reported to your baby’s healthcare provider.

Newborn Hearing Screen

The Newborn Hearing Screen is a Pennsylvania State-Mandated procedure. Hearing loss can lead to difficulties in speech and language development. Therefore, it is important to detect hearing loss early. The test is easy, painless and reliable.

Newborn Education and Safety

Shaken Baby Syndrome, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) & the Safe to Sleep campaign

During your hospital stay, mothers will receive education about preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, SIDS and the Safe to Sleep campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign.


To Find an Obstetrician,
call 215-481-6334

Weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.