This page is a comprehensive guide for expectant parents covering the critical phases before and after delivery. Gain insights into pre-delivery preparations, including information on labor induction, pain management options, and other essential resources to empower you for the birthing experience. Discover valuable tips for postpartum care and mental health.  Additionally, explore guidance on visiting St. Charles Birthing Center for a firsthand understanding of the facilities and services available to ensure a comfortable and supported delivery. We are committed to providing you with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate your labor journey.

Before Delivery

  • Practice self care through the end of your pregnancy. Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest, hydrate, and walk regularly.
  • Read through the Understanding Pregnancy book we provided for you and watch the videos on the included app.
  • Look into local childbirth classes and doulas
  • Watch the St Charles Family Birthing Tour.
  • Learn about pain management options for labor.
  • Read below about kick counts
  • Begin packing and have a plan to get to the hospital when it is time. 
  • Look into a pediatrician for your baby after delivery

Labor Instructions

After Delivery

  • Eat a fresh and clean diet
  • Drink at least 80-100 ounces a day
  • Rest when baby is resting
  • Enjoy skin to skin bonding time with baby
  • Breastfeed on demand
  • Take ibuprofen or Tylenol if needed for pain
  • Take a walk every day
  • Follow up with lactation as needed
  • Allow family, friends to help with housework and meals
  • If you have a vaginal delivery you will be seen by your provider at 6 weeks postpartum for a follow up. If you had a C-Section you will be seen at 1-2 weeks postpartum and again at 6 weeks. We will call you after delivery to set up these appointments. 
  • Call the clinic if you have a fever, your pain is not well managed, or soak through a pad in less than an hour
  • Reach out to your provider or postpartum support services below if you have concerns about anxiety or depression
  • Don't forget to resume Kegel exercises

ACOG Postpartum Birth Control

Postpartum Nurse Home Visit

Labor and Delivery Resources