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Preparing for Your Stay


At The Family Birthing Center at Beverly Hospital, we are happy to share in your special “birth” day. Here are some things to do to get ready for your childbirth experience with us.

To Do In Advance

  1. Decide on the support person (partner, parent, sibling, friend) who will be with you in the Labor and Delivery room.
  2. Information about your condition will not be given to anyone. We recommend that you identify one person for all your relatives and friends to call for updates about your labor and childbirth status. This way there is only one person who will be checking in with you and/or your support person during your labor.
  3. Start researching a car seat for your newborn; more information on car seats can be found in the “Preparing for Discharge” section of this booklet.
  4. Choose your baby’s doctor before you deliver.
  5. Complete and return the forms inside the information packet that you will receive from Beverly Hospital.

Insurance Information

In most cases, you need to inform your insurance company of your pregnancy so they can pre-approve your hospital stay. Not doing this may result in the insurance company denying coverage for the cost of your care.

Under normal circumstances, most insurance providers allow for a 48-hour (two-day) stay for a vaginal birth and a 96-hour (four-day) stay after a cesarean birth. If you have any questions, please contact your individual insurance carrier. You should also check with your insurance carrier to determine coverage for childbirth classes, breast pumps and other expenses related to your baby’s birth.

If you do not have insurance and feel that you may have a financial problem, please contact our Business Office prior to the birth of your baby at 978-816-2207.

Checklists Of What To Bring

For the expectant mom:

  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID
  • Completed “Worksheet for Certificate of Live Birth – Newborn” that you will receive from Beverly Hospital
  • Music to listen to during labor and birth, if desired
  • Personal care items, including toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, comb/hairbrush
  • Nightgown, robe and slippers

For the partner/support person:

  • Personal care items, including toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, deodorant, razor and shaving cream
  • Comfortable clothes for sleeping
  • Money for meals, newspapers, etc.
  • Photo ID (for the father of the baby to complete the birth certificate)
  • Cell phone

For the baby’s trip home:

  • Undershirt
  • Outfit
  • Light blanket (warm weather)
  • Heavy blanket (cold weather)
  • Car seat

Circumcision Information

If your baby will be a boy, you may want to think in advance about whether to have him circumcised. Circumcision is an optional procedure in which the foreskin covering the head of the penis is removed.

At Beverly Hospital, you will get an explanation of the procedure from the physician who will be performing it (your obstetrician), and you will be given the chance to ask questions. You will need to sign a consent form at the hospital before the procedure can be performed.