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Planning Checklist

  • Register for a Birthing Class
    Attending a virtual childbirth education class can lessen anxiety for new parents. At MWHC we encourage you to take one of our many classes offered by certified childbirth educators.
  • Choose a Pediatrician
    Call MWHC Health Link at 540.741.1404 to find pediatricians and family doctors accepting new patients. Please note: you must have an appointment scheduled with your chosen pediatrician before you and your baby can be discharged. Mary Washington Pediatrics in Fredericksburg and Mary Washington Primary Care and Pediatrics in Ruther Glen are accepting patients.
  • Pre-register online for your hospital stay
  • Car Seat Safety Check
    One of the most important things you can do is ensure your child is safe while riding in a vehicle. Prior to your baby’s delivery, find a certified safety seat technician to install or confirm placement of your child’s safety seat. Click here to find free local resources and learn more.
  • Lactation education (pre- and post-delivery)
  • What do I bring to the hospital?
    Please bring personal care items such as deodorant, shampoo, slippers, etc. Do not bring jewelry, money, medications, or items of sentimental value. You will also need to bring an approved infant car seat and clothes in which to take your baby home.
    Please have a check or money order available for the child’s birth certificate. Please make the check payable to State Health Department for the amount of $12. Payment via cash or credit card is not accepted.
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