You're Expecting! Now What?

You’re expecting. Congratulations.

Now what? Maybe you have planned and dreamed of this day, or maybe this day has taken you by surprise, whatever the case may be what to do next can seem overwhelming. Let your Maternity Nurse Navigator help guide you through your pregnancy and all the questions you have along the way.

What is a Maternity Nurse Navigator?

A Maternity Nurse Navigator is your very own personal coach, advocate and friend from pregnancy through parenthood. Your navigator will meet with you and your partner to collaborate, educate and help you set expectations, so that you may have the best pregnancy, labor and delivery experience possible. When should I call my Maternity Nurse Navigator? It’s never too soon to call. It’s common for your OB/GYN or physician to schedule your first prenatal appointment several weeks out, but in the mean time you have questions. What’s my first appointment going to be like? What prenatal vitamins should I be taking? How do I calculate my due date? Should I change my diet? Your Maternity Navigator is here to answer the questions you have.

What will my Maternity Nurse Navigator and I Discuss?

Your Maternity Navigator can answer any immediate questions you may have. In addition she’ll set up follow-up meetings to check on your progress throughout your pregnancy and arm you with any additional information you need.

The first meeting can be as early as 10 - 20 weeks gestation. You may meet one on one with your Maternity Nurse Navigator or by phone. Some of the items discussed include:

  • Getting to know each other

  • Your desires for pregnancy and delivery

  • What to expect during each month of pregnancy

  • Physician visit schedule and questions to discuss at a physician or OB/GYN appointment

  • Maintaining a safe active pregnancy

  • Healthy nutrition

  • Routine testing during pregnancy

  • Tour of Halifax Health - Center for Women & Infant Health

  • Any questions or concerns

The second meeting will be around 20 - 30 weeks gestation and will include:

  • Creating your specific “Birth Day Wishes”

  • Discuss hospital amenities

  • How to cope with pregnancy discomforts and when to seek medical attention

  • Educate on body changes

  • Activity and weight gain

  • Your developing baby

  • Any questions or concerns

The third meeting will happen around 30 - 40 weeks gestation, as you prepare to meet your baby. This will include:

  • Discuss and sign hospital consents

  • Selecting classes and enrolling

  • Tips for selecting a Pediatrician

  • When to go to the hospital

  • What to bring to the hospital

  • Visiting hours while hospitalized

  • Finalize birth plan

  • Any questions or concerns

Following your delivery, your Maternity Nurse Navigator is still here for you. One to three weeks following delivery your navigator will follow up with you to discuss:

  • Community resources and support groups

  • Discuss baby blues and signs of postpartum depression

  • Breast feeding concerns

  • Any questions or concerns

Halifax Health’s goal is to exceed your expectations and provide you with exceptional service to make your baby’s birth the most memorable experience of your life!

Give our Maternity Nurse Navigator a call today at 425.BABY


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