Patient Guide

There are many things to consider when having a baby, and Sentara is here to help provide you with all of the necessary resources, information and guidance you need. Please see the links below to find information during each phase of your pregnancy and birth.

First Trimester

Second Trimester

  • Register for prenatal, childbirth and breastfeeding classes.
  • Talk to your spouse or significant other about breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, circumcision and birth control.
  • Find a pediatrician for your baby.

Third Trimester

  • Pack your hospital bag (see our guidelines).
  • Get an NHTSA-approved car seat and practice installing it and taking it out of your car. Know how to use it!

Your hospital stay

Read hospital guidelines.

After baby arrives


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