Having Your Baby
Getting prepared for the big event
Where should I have my baby? What do I need to prepare? What can I do in advance? What can I expect?
We are here to help you prepare for the birth of your baby. Our comprehensive page has the information to help you have a smooth and supportive pregnancy, labor and newborn experience.
Being prepared: Your checklist
- Choosing the place - Take a tour of our Family Birth Centers
- Choose a provider - If you don't have a provider, find a provider
- Consider a doula - Consider having a doula support you through your pregnancy journey
- Know where to go - We have campus maps for each of our hospitals. Maps are on each of our hospital pages
- Learn! -Sign-up for a childbirth class
- Forms for your admission - Fill out and submit your pre-registration forms (Forms available in English, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.)
- Plan - Use our birth plan to outline your preferences for your labor and delivery
- Birth certificate - Download and fill out the Oregon or Washington birth record order form
- Pediatrician - Find a baby provider (for after your baby is born)
- Car seat - An installed car seat is required to take your baby home. Randall Children's Hospital offers car safety seat education. Schedule an appointment.
- Breastfeeding education - Learn about lactation support (if you are planning on chest/breast feeding)
- Life with baby - Post-pregnancy and parenting support classes
Where should I have my baby?
Why choose one of our Family Birth Centers?
We appreciate you considering a Legacy Health location for this important event. We offer the best of both worlds –– a comfortable, supportive place to give birth and advanced medical technology, if ever necessary. We’re here to work with you and offer you choices in your pregnancy care and delivery.
Why choose Legacy?
- Our comfortable, home-like birthing suites provide a supporting, private environment for labor, delivery and recovery
- After delivery, your baby stays with you
- Access to Randall Children's Hospital Family-Integrated Level IV NICU, if needed
- We have a Level III NICU at Legacy Health Salmon Creek Medical Center, for our Washington families
- Obstetric hospitalists (An OB hospitalist is a board-certified obstetrician who is available at all times in the hospital. They collaborate with your primary obstetrician or midwife as requested, provide in-hospital care for Legacy maternal-fetal medicine patients and provide consultation and back-up for Legacy midwives) at Family Birth Centers at Randall Children’s Hospital and Legacy Salmon Creek.
- We offer many alternative options, such as nitrous oxide and waterbirth, for your labor and delivery experience. Please discuss your questions with your provider.
Learn more about:
Childbirth and newborn classes - in-person or virtual classes
We have scheduled tours every month (free). Learn from our health educators when to go in, where to park, current policies, and ask questions along the way. Siblings/children are not allowed on tours at this time.
We want to help you build confidence for the big day so you feel prepared. Our online class is facilitated by Legacy Health educators, offering instructive videos, animations, and discussions. Learn what to expect during labor, birth and immediately postpartum and ask questions along the way.
Comfort and coping for labor
Can't attend a full childbirth class series or just want a refresher class? This webinar is ideal for first or fifth time parents! Practice positions for labor and birth, learn coping techniques and relaxation to help you prepare for your baby.
Newborn Essentials and Breast/Chest Feeding Basics
Learn the basics of newborn care and breast/chest feeding in this condensed online class.
Newborn Essentials: Learn newborn care, infant safety, sleep patterns, milestones, and proven soothing techniques to keep your baby happy, healthy and safe.
Get breast/chest feeding off to a great start -whatever your motivation or goals are! A certified educator and lactation specialist will guide you through each step of the way, learn how to avoid problems early on.
This live, online course is highly recommended for all grandparents! Whether you live near or far away from your grandbabies, this class will help you explore ways to welcome your grandchildren and support your children becoming parents
Baby and me - Weekly parenting support group
We welcome all parents and babies ages 0-12 months. Groups meet in-person every week.
E-classes - Self-learning, online modules (no instructor)
Legacy offers self-learning options for online childbirth, breastfeeding and mother and baby care classes. Trusted education, your way. Learn essential information when, where, and how you prefer from a mobile device, tablet, or personal computer.
Expecting more than one baby?
Understanding Your Multiples
In this e-class, you’ll learn all about the pregnancy and birth process for multiples, ways to prep your family and home, strategies for bed rest, options for birth, delivering in the operating room, NICU stays, and how to breastfeed more than one baby with evidence-based tips from experts. It takes about 4 to 6 hours to complete the class.
If you still have questions regarding our Pregnancy and Parenting education classes, email us.
Class fees include registration for the expectant parent, a support person and all materials. Your insurance health plan may cover part or all of the cost of this class. Please contact your health plan before attending class to determine if reimbursement is available and to find out how to be reimbursed.
Legacy offers 100% reimbursement of Legacy-sponsored pregnancy and parenting classes for all benefit-eligible employees.
*Please note, this email is only for questions regarding our classes. Any clinical questions about having a baby should be directed to your provider or preferred medical center.