- Most importantly, make the healthiest choices you can for you and your baby.
- Find a physician you are comfortable with and get started on a schedule of regular prenatal appointments. The relationship with your physician should be one of mutual understanding and respect.
- Review any medications or supplements you’re taking with your physician.
- If you haven’t yet decided on where you’ll have your baby (or even if you have,) we invite you to tour Providence Saint John’s.
- It’s not too early to register for classes, especially since they often fill up quickly.
- If you plan to go back to work after your baby is born, you might need to start touring childcare centers and getting on waitlists now.
- You might want to check with your health insurance company about your maternity benefits. If you don’t have insurance or will be paying your hospital bills privately, please call a Providence Saint John’s financial counselor at 310-829-8007.
- By the end of your second trimester, you should have chosen where you’ll have your baby. If you are undecided, please attend a tour of Providence Saint John’s or any Providence Health & Services hospital. It is important to feel secure in where you’ll be delivering.
- Now is a perfect time to register for classes, especially since they often fill up quickly.
If you haven’t yet taken a childbirth preparation class, please see if you can fit one in. View our online class schedule and select a date that is convenient for you.
1. Call your insurance provider and ask for clarification:
- Take a pre-birth tour of Providence Saint John’s so you’ll know where to check in, where to park and how to register - and you can also take another look around.
- Get an infant car seat and install it in your car. If you leave the hospital by car, we’re not allowed to let you bring your baby home without an approved car seat!
- As your due date gets closer, pack a bag with all the things you want to bring to the hospital, or at least make a list of those items. See our “What to Bring” page for advice.
- Fill out your pre-registration form and send it to Providence Saint John’s at least two months before your planned delivery date.
- Start thinking about purchasing or renting a breast pump. You'll need to:
2. Know what your policy will cover:
- How much of the cost of a breast pump is covered by my insurance plan?
- DI have to buy a pump from a "Durable Medical Equipment provider" for it to be covered? Some insurance companies also have a Preferred Provider Requirement. If Providence is not "in network," your insurance company may not reimburse you for the full cost of a breast pump.
- Will I need to qualify in order for the coverage to apply? You may need to have a prescription from your or your baby's physician that explains the need for a breast pump. Some health insurance companies will cover pumps only if they are deemed "medically necessary," for example, if a baby is premature, sick or having difficulty nursing.
3. Know the terms of your coverage:
- Which brands or types of pumps are covered by my insurance? Does my insurance cover buying pumps, renting pumps or both? What type of breast pump does my insurance cover? (e.g. hospital-grade rental pump, double or single electric personal-use pumps, or battery or manual pump). If I have previously purchased a breast pump, may I submit a claim for reimbursement?
- Will there be a copay?
- Will I need to meet a deductible?
- What is the maximum dollar amount that will be covered?