Central Vermont Medical Center is here to help guide you with the many decisions you need to make in preparation for the birth of your child.

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When you are pregnant, there are many decisions you need to make in order to prepare for the birth of your child. At CVMC we have many excellent doctors and services to help you make these decisions and stay healthy and informed throughout your pregnancy.

  1. Choose an obstetrician
  2. Decide where to have your child
  3. Find a doctor for your new baby
  4. Enroll in a Childbirth Education Class
  5. Stay Healthy

Also, don't miss the opportunity to create and decorate a belly cast to remember this special time!

Choosing an Obstetrician

You want to pick a doctor you can relate to and feel confident in. Our Women's Health obstetrics and gynecology group practice has a number of obstetricians, both men and women, to choose from.

 Find an Obstetrician

Having Your Child at CVMC

Some people prefer to have their child at home. Others prefer to have their baby at a birthing center because of the added safety of having trained specialists near by and because of the added services only a medical center can provide.

If you decide to go with a birthing center, we hope you'll consider CVMC. Our Birthing Center was built with you in mind. Private rooms, labor tubs, views of Spruce Mountain, and room service are just a few of the amenities. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff will give you the information you need to choose the birthing options that work best for you.

Birthing Center Open House
The first Wednesday of every month we offer an Open House for anyone that is considering having a baby or that is having a baby. Learn more about our full range of services, ask questions, meet staff members and tour our Garden Path Birthing Center. Friends and family welcome. Refreshments served. Registration is helpful. Please call 802-371-4613 for reservations and information. Free to all.

Finding a Doctor for Your New Baby

It's really important to find a doctor for your baby before she/he is born. Your baby will need to have frequent check-ups with a doctor during the first few years. CVMC has twp Pediatric Primary Care practices and there are many family medicine practices throughout central Vermont as well.

 Find an Pediatrician

Childbirth Education

We want to help you set the stage for a healthy and happy pregnancy and birth. 

CVMC offers 8-week on-going sessions of prenatal education for soon to be mothers and their support people. All instructors are staff of the Women and children’s Unit and certified childbirth instructors through their organization. There is a fee for the class that we can help with working through insurance companies to help you get reimbursed.

Learn more about this class and view our schedule for 2016/2017.

Staying Healthy

Eating for Two

What you eat and what you don’t eat during pregnancy are important decisions for your baby.  Forget the old wives’ tale about craving pickles and ice cream and learn more about how to give birth to a healthy baby.  

Here are some helpful links:


Tobacco Cessation: QUIT SMOKING!

Women who quit smoking before or early in pregnancy significantly reduce the risk for several adverse outcomes.

Compared with women who do not smoke—

  • Women who smoke prior to pregnancy are about twice as likely to experience a delay in conception and have approximately 30% higher odds of being infertile.
  • Women who smoke during pregnancy are about twice as likely to experience premature rupture of membranes, placental abruption, and placenta previa during pregnancy.

Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy:

  • Have about 30% higher odds of being born prematurely.
  • Are more likely to be born with low birth weight (less than 2500 grams or 5.5 pounds), increasing their risk for illness or death.
  • Weigh an average of 200 grams less than infants born to women who do not smoke
  • are 1.4 to 3.0 times more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Source:  Department of Health and Human  Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Get Help Quitting! Click here to learn about our 4-week Tobacco Cessation Classes offered every month.

Drugs and Pregnancy: A Double Danger

When a woman becomes pregnant, it is very important for her to lead a healthy life: to eat plenty of nourishing food, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly. It is also vital that she avoid anything that might harm her or her baby-to-be. It is especially important to give up alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.

For a pregnant woman, drug abuse is doubly dangerous. First, drugs may harm her own health, interfering with her ability to support the pregnancy. Second, some drugs can directly impair prenatal development.

Which Drugs are Dangerous?

Virtually all illegal drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, pose dangers to a pregnant woman. Legal substances, such as alcohol and tobacco, are also dangerous, and even medical drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, can be harmful. For her own health and the health of her baby-to-be, a woman should avoid all of them as much as possible, from the time she first plans to become pregnant or learns that she is pregnant.

Source: American Council for Drug Education Facts for Parents

Going the Distance Makes a Difference

"More and more births are being scheduled a little early for non-medical reasons. Experts are learning that this can cause problems for both mom and baby. If possible, it's best to stay pregnant for at least 39 to 40 weeks. "

To read this full article on "Why the Last Weeks of Pregnancy Count" at the March of Dimes website, click here.

Belly Casting at CVMC

Belly Casting is for Mom’s who want to create a keepsake of their pregnancy. Castings can be made at any stage of their pregnancy. For mom's who want to turn their casting into a beautiful masterpiece for display, we have sample castings decorated by other mom's in order to provide you with inspiration. (Decorations not provided by CVMC.)

Please call 371-4415 for more information or to schedule a belly casting appointment.