Before Birth


 If you plan to deliver your baby at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please pre-register at least six weeks before your due date. If your doctor's office does not provide you with a pre-registration packet, please stop by the Registration Desk in the hospital lobby to get one. You can complete the packet in the lobby and submit it, along with a picture ID and your insurance information. The ID and insurance information will be copied and returned to you before you leave.

Free & Reduced-Fee Classes

Long before the baby's due date, you are invited to sign up for classes to prepare for the arrival of your little one. "Preparation for Childbirth" is an all-day Saturday class that helps parents prepare for the birth process and the arrival of their child. Free and reduced-fee classes on baby care, breastfeeding, grandparenting, infant CPR and other topics are also available. To find out more about classes, check the Calendar of Events or call 304-526-BABY.

Feeling Strange?  Is It Labor?

As your due date approaches, your body naturally begins to prepare itself to give birth. This process may cause feelings or symptoms that are so new and different that you wonder if you are in labor. Our Obstetrical Triage Unit serves as an emergency department for pregnant women who are experiencing a change in condition or problems related to diabetes, high blood pressure or a medical emergency.  It is important to seek medical attention if:

• You feel premature labor pains.
• Your water breaks.
• You have vaginal bleeding.
• You are concerned about yourself.
• You are concerned about your baby's activity.
• Your contractions are regular and at least 5 minutes apart.

To be evaluated, go to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Emergency Department and report your symptoms. The physician specialists and staff of the Obstetrical Triage Unit will assess your condition and determine what the next course of action will be.

Learn More about Conception and Pregnancy

There's a lot you can do both before and during pregnancy to help you have a healthy baby. Developed by March of Dimes experts, this mini-site gives you the information you need when you need it.

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Mother-Baby Transport Team

When time is of the essence, Cabell Huntington Hospital has an elite transport team that is specially trained to care for pregnant women or mothers who have just given birth and their newborns while they are in transit to the hospital by air or ground.