If you suspect you are pregnant, you should contact the Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob-Gyn) at YUHS, or if you are not on YHP you should seek an obstetrician privately. After your pregnancy has been confirmed by a lab test you will see either a midwife or an obstetrician monthly for the first seven months, every two weeks during the eighth month and every week during the ninth month. For information about New Parent Clubs/Breastfeeding Groups, see under Programs.
Ultrasounds are routinely scheduled at 18-24 weeks, and are usually performed in the doctor’s office. Women’s Education Life Learning (WELL) at YNHH offers childbithing classes. There are some brochures/info on these classes at Ob-Gyn at YUHS, but you can contact them directly at 688-9355, or get details on the Web.
Those on YHP must go to YNHH for labor and delivery. The midwife or obstetrician who delivers your baby will be one of the professionals you have met during your check-ups in the previous nine months.
Before delivery you can arrange a tour (through WELL) of the Labor and Delivery suite (recommended). During this tour you will have an opportunity to complete all the necessary paperwork (e.g. insurance forms). All rooms are single rooms with bathrooms, rocking chairs and all monitoring equipment. Any electrical equipment you take with you (e.g. CD player for soothing music!) must be battery powered.
When you go into labor, first contact your obstetrician. If your contractions are five minutes apart or less you should go directly to the hospital. YNHH offers free valet parking. Your partner can stay with you at all times, except for emergency caesarians. After delivery you will be taken upstairs to the post-partum floor, where you will stay for approx. 1.5 days after a normal vaginal delivery or about 4 days after a caesarian.
If you are driving home, by CT law, you are required to have a car seat for the baby. To shop for car seats and other baby products, check out the book Best Baby Products, 8th edition published by Consumer Reports. You can also get the contents of this book for free online via the Yale library system.
During your pregnancy you can contact Pediatrics at YUHS for a preliminary visit. You will take your baby to Pediatrics for routine appointments at 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 2, 4 and 6 months, but you can call them any time you have concerns. At each appointment your baby will be weighed and his or her development checked. At some of the appointments the baby will receive vaccinations.
Birth Control and Women's Clinic
A prescription is needed to purchase birth control pills, which are expensive and often not covered by health insurance plans. You may find it more economical to bring a supply over from your home country. You may also need to have a doctor’s note of permission to bring them into the U.S. Around campus, at various locations, including the International Center, you can find free condoms offered to the Yale community by YUHS, Office of Student Health Promotion & Education.
Planned Parenthood of
Families & Children
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Recommended Book for Expectant Parents
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Eisenberg, Murkoff and Hathaway.
U.S. Birth Certificate
If it’s not mailed automatically, you can pick up a copy of the birth certificate at City Hall - Bureau of Vital Statistics, 165 Church St, Room 154 between 9am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. You will need to bring $5 cash and a photo ID of yourself.
Babies Born in the U.S. are automatic citizens and entitled to a U.S. passport.
For expedited processing, you may want to investigate this service: www.americanpassport.com
New Haven Baby
Yale Child Study Center
After Dance & Breastfeeding classes: Yale-New Haven Hospital: 688-9355
Newcomers Club of CT
worldwide directory at www.newcomersclub.com/ct.html
La Leche League of Greater New Haven – for breastfeeding support
New Haven meeting – every 2nd Monday
Church of the Redeemer
Cold Spring St & Whitney Ave.