Prenatal services in Plantation
At Plantation General Hospital, we provide all the care expectant mothers need prior to the birth of their child. Our hospital offers a wide range of maternity classes to help parents prepare for the arrival of their new baby. We provide tours of our labor and delivery unit, so parents can feel familiar and comfortable with their surroundings on the day of delivery.
For more information about prenatal services at Plantation General Hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® at (954) 321-4099.
High-risk pregnancy care
Pregnancies may be considered high-risk if mothers have pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or are 35 years old or older. Our hospital has six high-risk pregnancy rooms for mothers who may require an antepartum stay (inpatient hospital stay during the later stages of pregnancy before the child is born). These rooms are for expectant mothers who require close monitoring and bed-rest prior to labor and delivery.
Expectant parents may tour the birthing suites at Plantation General Hospital. A free tour is offered several times a month and will provide you with information on the pre-registration process, labor admission and what to expect during your hospital stay.
Maternity tours include a brief slideshow featuring an orientation to the facility, routine newborn procedures, infant safety and security. This is followed by a walking tour of the labor and delivery unit and the women’s pavilion unit is provided so the new family can become familiar with the hospital. Altogether, the tour lasts one and a half hours.Register for a maternity tour
Prenatal childbirth preparation classes
At Plantation General Hospital, your childbirth experience begins with childbirth classes. Whether you are a first-time mom or not, we offer a variety of maternity classes to answer your questions about pregnancy, nutrition, exercise, childbirth and infant care.
To register for a prenatal class, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® at (954) 321-4099 or click on one of the links below.
- Baby care and breastfeeding class—This class is designed for new parents who are looking for a thorough education in newborn care. Baby care and breastfeeding topics include bathing your child, feeding your baby, breastfeeding basics and much more.
- Baby and me—This course is led by registered physical therapists who teach parents how to interact with babies from zero to six months old. Parents will learn how to stimulate the baby's physical, social and cognitive development and ways to help their newborn meet developmental milestones.
- Baby saver infant CPR—In this course, our certified CPR instructors teach the basics of infant CPR and obstructed airways. We aim to educate caregivers on appropriate actions to take if an infant is choking or has stopped breathing.
- Childbirth preparation—This comprehensive course teaches expectant parents and caregivers about the entire childbirth process, from the first signs of labor to newborn characteristics and postpartum care.
- Prenatal yoga class—Yoga is an ideal way to stay in shape during pregnancy, especially when paired with a cardiovascular exercise, such as walking. This exercise keeps you limber, tones your muscles and improves balance and circulation all while minimizing impact on your joints. Yoga is also beneficial for practicing deep breathing and relaxation. This course is led by a certified prenatal yoga instructor.
Pre-register for delivery
We make it easy to pre-register online for delivery. By pre-registering, we are able to easily prepare for your arrival and save time by reducing administrative requirements on the day of your delivery. We ask that expectant mothers pre-register prior to the fifth month of pregnancy.
You can mail the completed registration form to us or register in person in the Admitting Office, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Once the pre-admission form is completed, you will be asked to sign various consent forms.
You are encouraged to notify your insurance carrier that you are pregnant. This gives you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with what your plan covers long before your baby is due.Pre-register for delivery
Choosing a pediatrician
As you are admitted to the hospital, we will ask you to provide your chosen pediatrician's name and phone number so that we may notify them as soon as your baby is born. If you have chosen a pediatrician or family practice physician who is not on staff or credentialed at Plantation General Hospital, your baby will be cared for by our in-house pediatrician during your hospital stay.
What to pack for your hospital stay
We recommend expectant mothers prepare and overnight bag in advance of their due date. Babies arrive on their own time table, so having a bag prepared ahead of time can help reduce stress and ensure you have everything you want at the hospital for delivery.
Some of the items you may want to bring include:
- Bed pillows
- Soothing music
- Snacks for your chosen support person
- Cards, books, tablets and other items to pass the time
- Socks, pajamas, robe and slippers
- Handheld massager
- Chargers for phones, camera and other electronic items
- Toiletries and cosmetics for mom and support person
- Change of clothes for support person
- "Going home" clothes for mom and baby
- Reading and writing materials
- Watch with a second hand
- Hand fan
- Lip balm
- Important phone numbers and information, such as your Social Security number
Additionally, you will need to be prepared with an approved and properly installed infant car seat for discharge.