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. We've information below about our welcoming family birth centers, tasks that you can complete prior to going into labor, such as paperwork and a required list to check-off before baby arrives.
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 virtual tour of our Family Birth Centers
- Choose a provider - If you don't have a provider, find a provider
- 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 virtual car safety seat education. Schedule an appointment
- Breastfeeding education - Learn about lactation support (if you are planning on 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?
Choosing where you have your baby can be an overwhelming experience. We appreciate you considering a Legacy Health location for this important event. What are the important factors to consider while researching your birth location? 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.
Please note: We are no longer offering in-person tours of our Family Birth Centers. We have vitual tours available for you 24/7 along with an email for any questions or concerns.
- 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 Legacy Emanuel and Legacy Salmon Creek medical centers available 24/7
- 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
We are now offering a webinar-based childbirth education experience! 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- all in the comfort of your own home.
Newborn Essentials and Breast/Chest Feeding Basics - webinar
Learn the basics of newborn care and breast/chest feeding in this condensed online class.
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
We welcome all parents and babies ages 0-12 months! Groups meet virtually every week. Register for free here.
NICU and En Espanol groups available
- Tuesdays 2-3pm
- Thursdays 2-3pm
- NICU Families: Thursdays 10-11am
- En Espanol: Viernes a las 10am (Regístrese aquí)
This event is free to all families! A link for the group will be sent to your email once you register
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.
First Friday's Free! Legacy's Free Pregnancy Support Series.
This webinar series is offered once a month on the first Friday from 12-1pm; topics change each month and are helpful for anyone currently pregnant!
Understanding Your Multiples:
Expecting more than one baby? 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.
The class schedule is current and will be updated as recommendations related to COVID-19 are made.