Thank you for choosing Memorial Hermann for your special labor and delivery experience. When visiting the hospital for appointments, scheduled tests or delivery, please bring your insurance card and identification. With pre-registration, our staff will help file your insurance claim for you and your newborn.

This page discusses the key activities for mom and baby before, during and after their hospital stay. Print this page or bookmark it for easy reference over the course of your pregnancy.

First Trimester

Take a Maternity Tour

Your first trimester of pregnancy is not too soon to begin preparing for your baby's birth. During this time, you may wish to participate in our maternity tour. Find a free tour at your hospital and register online, or call (713) 222-CARE to register by phone.

Second Trimester

Pre-Register for the Hospital Online

Pre-registration is required before giving birth at one of our 9 Houston-area hospitals. Complete the online pre-registration form for the hospital where you will be giving birth. Have your insurance information handy. Complete pre-registration now.

NOTE: you will still need to sign certain consents in-person. We recommend patients pre-register while receiving their gestational diabetes test in their OB/GYNs office.

Understand Your Insurance and Benefits

After you preregister, your insurance data will be verified and you will be contacted by a patient access representative to review your insurance benefits. Memorial Hermann will assist you in filing your insurance claim. Learn more about insurance requirements.

Begin Learning about Breastfeeding

We encourage expectant mothers to start educating themselves about breastfeeding prior to delivery, and begin talking to with their support team about this decision. Learn more.

You may also download a free copy of A New Beginning, Your Personal Guide to Postpartum Care anytime throughout your pregnancy or after. This booklet will help you prepare to care for yourself and your baby after birth including topics such as changes to expect after birth, breastfeeding, safe sleeping environment, and more.

Sign up for Birthing and Parenting Classes

Memorial Hermann offers classes on prepared childbirth breastfeeding, infant care, healthy pregnancy, and infant massage. We also offer classes for siblings and refresher courses for current parents. Find a class at your hospital and register online, or call (713) 222-CARE to register by phone.

Third Trimester (By 7th Month of Pregnancy)

Once you have pre-registered online, you should also complete the following by the seventh month of pregnancy:

Start Birth Certificate Worksheet

To get started on your baby's birth certificate, fill out a Birth Certificate Worksheet and drop off at the Business Office. Learn more about birth certificate and acknowledgement of paternity.

Complete Anesthesia Paperwork

Be sure to discuss your childbirth and anesthesia options with your doctor well before delivery. Call your hospital to fill out the required pre-anesthesia paperwork if required.

Get Lab Work

If you are scheduled to have a C-section or an induction, you must have lab work done prior to your delivery. Call Pre-Admit Testing at your hospital to set up an appointment.

Read Infant Security Guidelines

Read the Infant Security guidelines for techniques that can help prevent abduction of infants while in the hospital and once you take your child home. Read infant security guidelines.

Find A Pediatrician

It’s important that you have a pediatrician ready for your newborn by the seventh month of pregnancy. Use Memorial Hermann’s physician finder to find a pediatrician near you..

Take Birthing and Parenting Classes

Memorial Hermann offers classes on prepared childbirth breastfeeding, infant care, healthy pregnancy, and infant massage. We also offer classes for siblings and refresher courses for current parents. Find a class at your hospital and register online, or call (713) 222-CARE to register by phone.

You may also download a free copy of A New Beginning, Your Personal Guide to Postpartum Care anytime throughout your pregnancy or after. This booklet will help you prepare to care for yourself and your baby after birth including topics such as changes to expect after birth, breastfeeding, safe sleeping environment, and more.

Decide if You Intend to Breastfeed

You need to decide if you plan to exclusively breastfeed while in the hospital, assuming condition or circumstances of mom and/or baby post-delivery can accommodate breastfeeding. Skin-to-skin contact in the first hour of your baby’s life is called the Golden Hour. This time plays a key role in helping you and your baby become securely attached and promotes breastfeeding. Learn more about the Golden Hour at Memorial Hermann.

Pack for the Hospital

It's a good idea to pack two separate bags - one for labor and delivery and another for your after-delivery stay. Get a checklist of things to pack for your hospital stay.

Home Stretch and Delivery Day

What To Do the Day of Delivery

Get step-by-step instructions on what to do the day of the delivery. Call your obstetrician and come to the hospital.

Pain Management During Labor

Talk with your doctor about your options and preferences for pain management during delivery.

Install Your Infant Car Seat 

Install the infant car seat in the vehicle that will be transporting you and your newborn home after delivery.

After Giving Birth

The Golden Hour

Skin-to-skin contact in the first hour of your baby’s life is called the Golden Hour. This time plays a key role in helping you and your baby become securely attached. Learn more about the Golden Hour at Memorial Hermann.

Medical Tests and Vaccines

Memorial Hermann’s expert staff will conduct key medical screenings after your child is born and request permission for vaccinations recommended by the CDC and the State of Texas. If you’re expecting a boy, circumcision will also be addressed.

Download Patient Guide to Postpartum Care

You may also download a free copy of A New Beginning, Your Personal Guide to Postpartum Care anytime throughout your pregnancy or after. This booklet will help you prepare to care for yourself and your baby after birth including topics such as changes to expect after birth, breastfeeding, safe sleeping environment, and more.

Breastfeeding Support

Memorial Hermann’s team of skilled and knowledgeable board-certified lactation consultants provides a full spectrum of services to help mothers with questions regarding breastfeeding during and after your hospital stay. Learn more about our breastfeeding support.

Before You Go Home

Complete Your Birth Certificate Forms

Complete your birth certificate form and, if applicable, acknowledgement of paternity (AOP) before you leave the hospital. Visit our birth certificate information center.

ImmTrac Texas Immunization Registry

When a health-care provider gives your child an immunization, and you consent to registering this information, the statewide immunization registry, known as ImmTrac, is notified. Learn more about the information in the registry.

Contact Us

Thank
You!

Thank you for contacting Memorial Hermann. We have received your inquiry, and a team member will contact you soon.

If you need more immediate assistance, please call us at (713) 222-CARE.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.