• UK Birthing Center: Getting ready for birth 

    First, pre-register!

    Pregnancy emailStart out right with our  Childbirth Education classes  

    Fill out our online pre-registration form (PDF 852 KB) and fax it to 859-257-7520 before you arrive at UK HealthCare for your maternity hospital stay. Pre-registration speeds up admission when you are in labor so you can concentrate on the delivery experience. Be sure to let the admission clerk know you have pre-registered. 

  • How to choose a pediatrician  

    It is important to consider choosing a pediatrician (PDF 15KB) before you have your baby.

  • How to make a birth plan

    A birth plan helps you put in writing what you would like to happen during your birth experience. It helps you explore with your doctor what your wishes are for your delivery, pain management and care of your baby. It helps the hospital staff know your wishes and improves communication. But please remember that labor can be unpredictable, and it is important to keep good lines of communication open during your birth process. We at the Birthing Center are here to help you have the most positive experience possible and will work with you to that end.

    Items usually included in a birth plan

    • What are your wishes during a normal labor and delivery?
    • Pain management — do you prefer a non-medicated birth, or do you prefer IV medication or an epidural?
    • Visitors — who do you want to be part of your birth experience?
    • Surroundings — do you have special music you would like to play? All our Birthing rooms have free wifi. Do you prefer having the lights lowered during your delivery?
    • Cord cutting — who will be cutting the cord, and do you want this done immediately, or after a few minutes?
    • Immediate newborn care — we practice immediate skin to skin contact for the first 2 hours after birth at UK Birthing Center. Do you want other family members to wait to visit until after your bonding time, or allow them to visit?
    • Feeding — are you planning to breast or bottle feed? At UK Birthing Center, we find that babies often start breastfeeding on their own soon after they are placed skin to skin with their mothers. Even if you are planning to bottle feed, allowing this first feeding can give your baby antibodies to help fight infection early in life.
    • Please remember sometimes there are unexpected events. If you require a cesarean section, who do you want to go to the operating room with you?

    Once you've written your plan, review it with your physician and bring a copy to the hospital when you are admitted so we will know all your wishes. 

  • What to bring to the hospital

    It’s normal to feel anxious as your baby’s birth approaches. Give yourself some peace of mind by packing your bag ahead of time. You can do this 3-4 weeks before your estimated delivery date. Here is a list of things to remember:

    • Personal care items, including a toothbrush/toothpaste for you and your support person, such as contact lens solution if you need this. Some people prefer their own socks. We have non-skid socks available.
    • Comfortable clothes to wear after delivery. We have gowns for you to wear during labor, but you may wish to bring a robe and slippers. We will provide you with sanitary pads and mesh panties for during your stay. Remember you cannot use tampons until 6 weeks after delivery.
    • Comfortable shoes to wear home.
    • Clothes for your baby to wear home or for pictures. We will provide you with diapers, wipes, t-shirts, hats and blankets for your baby during your hospitalization.
    • A jacket for your support person, even in summer (rooms are regulated for mom’s comfort during labor)
    • Personal music player/headphones if desired. We have free wifi.
    • Camera and new batteries
    • Telephone numbers of people to call after the birth
    • Coins for vending machines
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Insurance information or any other paperwork you may need, such as FMLA papers
    • A list of baby names you are considering
    • An infant, rear facing car seat for bringing your baby home. If your car seat has two parts, you may leave the base already buckled into your car and bring the carrier in prior to being discharged. Remember a rear facing car seat is required by law.
  • Breast pump information

    Breast Pumps are covered under the Preventive Care Benefits provision of the Affordable Care Act. It states that health plans must cover one breast pump per pregnancy with no cost sharing for female members. This means there is no cost to UK employees covered by a UK Health plan. If your insurance is through another carrier, please contact them and see how they are providing this benefit.

    Breast pump coverage under the Health Care Reform Act (PDF, 29 KB)