Preparing for Your Baby

Before anyone can see the bump on your belly, you should have a BUMP in your bag. 

A Baby Urgent Medical Plan (BUMP) prepares you for bumps in the road with easy access to critical information. 

While most pregnancies progress along the anticipated course, some take an unexpected turn. Sometimes prenatal diagnostic testing uncovers medical problems that must be addressed immediately upon delivery.

If your baby needs special medical attention from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), your BUMP will clarify your wishes and help ensure you receive the best care.

Valley Children’s recommends that you:  

Today’s diagnostic tools can help your obstetrician detect certain birth defects at the earliest stages of your pregnancy. Because the majority can be treated immediately after birth, and in some cases during pregnancy, your doctor may refer you and your unborn baby to a specialist as early as your second trimester.

A referral to the Maternal Fetal Center opens the door for you and your baby to receive an unmatched depth and breadth of services. Located in the only dedicated children’s hospital of its type between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the Maternal Fetal Center provides access to a broad range of maternal-fetal, neonatal and pediatric subspecialties. This exclusive quality gives you the benefit of coming to one place to confirm a diagnosis and begin treatment during one visit to Valley Children’s Hospital. The Maternal Fetal Center is just steps away from our Level IV NICU.

Ultimately, you have a choice about which NICU admits your baby.

The Level IV NICU at Valley Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of care with direct access to expert doctors and surgeons who specialize in treating critically ill newborns.

If you choose to have your baby admitted to the one place in Central California that offers comprehensive care, your baby will have access to doctors and surgeons frequently involved in treating congenital anomalies, including even the most complex heart defects.

We welcome you to visit the NICU at Valley Children’s Hospital before delivering your baby.

The Maternal Fetal Center can arrange for you a tour of our NICU and a pre-delivery consultation with the neonatologist. Alternatively, you can call the NICU administration office directly at (559) 353-6255 to schedule an appointment with a neonatologist (a specialist who cares for newborns in a NICU) and tour the unit where your baby will stay. The neonatologist will be your baby’s primary physician while in the NICU after birth.

Consulting with a specialist and seeing the NICU before you deliver your baby will help relieve some of the anxiety you may feel.

While some newborns need a neonatologist, all babies need a pediatrician. 

Not all pediatricians take babies with special care needs, so keep this in mind when developing your BUMP. We encourage you to take great care when choosing a pediatrician or family doctor. As your child grows, you’ll appreciate the benefits of maintaining a solid and positive relationship with a doctor you trust. We work with your pediatrician to ensure the continuation of quality care for your infant.

If you need help finding a pediatrician during your baby’s NICU stay, your case manager can assist you.