Getting Ready for Baby

Pre-Admission Information

Understandably, you are excited, eager and maybe just a little anxious about the emotional and physical journey that lies ahead. That’s normal. From choosing a doctor and a hospital where your baby will be born to selecting just the right classes to help prepare you and your family for the miracle of childbirth - it’s a time for new beginnings and a time for making many important decisions.

We’re here for you every step along the way for this exciting time in your life.


Digital Resources for Atlanta, Cherokee & Forsyth

Your Guide to Enjoying Your Pregnancy

Whether this is your first pregnancy or your third, this eBook is designed to help answer your questions about what to expect during your pregnancy and how to keep you and baby healthy. (Español)

Funding for eBooks provided by the Northside Hospital Atlanta Auxiliary.

Your Packet for Pre-Admission

Your baby is coming. It's time to prepare. This eBook offers a complete checklist to help you get ready for your trip to the hospital and bringing your new baby home - from pre-registration and touring the hospital, to questions to ask your provider and what to pack in your hospital bag. (Español)

Online Patient Pre-Registration Form (complete prior to coming to the hospital)

Funding for eBooks provided by the Northside Hospital Atlanta Auxiliary.

Your Guide: Identifying Labor Preferences

We believe each family is unique and deserves individualized family centered care. You and your partner have many options for your labor experience and we will make every attempt to accommodate your preferences unless it becomes medically inadvisable. Use this guide to help decide what is right for you.

Labor Preferences Worksheet


Digital Resources for Gwinnett

Your Guide to Pre-Admission

Your baby is coming. It's time to prepare. This booklet offers a complete checklist to help you get ready for your trip to the hospital and bringing your new baby home - from pre-registration and touring the hospital, to questions to ask your provider and what to pack in your hospital bag. (Español)

Your Guide to Breastfeeding

This booklet describes the benefits of breastfeeding and provides tips and suggestions to help you prepare for breastfeeding your new baby. (Español)

Your Childbirth Plan

We believe each family is unique and deserves individualized family centered care. You and your partner have many options for your labor experience and we will make every attempt to accommodate your preferences unless it becomes medically inadvisable. 

Your Childbirth Plan


Maternity Classes

No one can tell you what your birth experience will be like, but classes can help you feel prepared, confident and ready for the birth of your baby. Northside’s Maternity classes, such as childbirth preparation, infant CPR, baby essentials, and breastfeeding, provide answers to these questions through evidence based education and support. It is important to educate yourself during pregnancy by attending classes, sharing with other couples who have similar concerns and learning what to expect so that during labor and after birth, you understand what’s going on and can make decisions with your health care provider.

The focus of Northside’s prenatal education is to help you meet these needs in the highly complex and technological world that surrounds normal birth. When you choose Northside as a provider of childbirth education or any other prenatal classes, you are selecting programs taught by nationally-certified educators with creative and interactive teaching strategies that allow for questions, participation, state-of-the-art technology, flexible class schedules, and convenient times and locations that meet your needs.

Find Northside Maternity Classes


Daddy Boot Camp

For men only, this interactive class gives "dads-to-be" the chance to learn the ropes from veteran dads (and their babies), who have made the transition to fatherhood. Topics include the basics (burping, changing, swaddling, etc.) along with more sensitive topics like understanding postpartum behaviors, male bonding and baby safety. No topic is off limits. Learn more here.

In the News: New fathers attend daddy boot camp (CNN)


Northside Maternity Videos

Hear from Northside Hospital experts and others about prenatal care, what to expect in labor and delivery, health and safety tips, and beyond. Watch videos here.

More Video Resources

The newborn channel now


View videos prior to baby and after. Learn about infant care, mom care, breastfeeding, car seat safety, development, parenting and immunizations. Visit thenewbornchannelnow.com. Use the following passwords:

  • 02022 (for Atlanta)
  • 40090 (for Cherokee)
  • 40475 (for Forsyth)