Third Trimester Checklist
Third trimester: your to-do list.
If you haven’t yet taken a childbirth preparation class, see if you can fit one in. Swedish offers several types, including refresher classes for those who have given birth before, planned C-section classes, and a seminar-style class that covers all the basics in one day. A newborn-care class would be helpful, too. See our Childbirth & Baby Classes for more information.
- Take a pre-birth tour of the Swedish campus where you plan to have your baby, so you’ll know where to check in, where to park, and how to register, and you can also take another look around.
- Get an infant car seat and install it in your car. If you leave the hospital by car, you won’t be able to bring your baby home without one! Sign up for Swedish’s class on car seat safety and installation or learn more from the Safety Restraint Coalition, Washington’s independent authority on child car seats. If you can’t afford a car seat, call Swedish’s SafeRide program at 206-386-2052 for help.
- As your due date gets closer, you might want to pack a bag with all the things you want to bring to the hospital, or at least make a list of those items. See our What to Bring page for advice.
- Fill out your pre-registration form, your baby’s Social Security application, and your baby's birth certificate application. Pack them in your bag to bring to the hospital. If you’ve written a birth plan, you’ll want to pack several copies of that, too.
- Start thinking about purchasing or renting a breast pump. You'll need to:
1. Call your insurance provider and ask for clarification:
- How much of the cost of a breast pump is covered by my insurance plan?
- Do I have to buy a pump from a "Durable MEdical Equipment provider" for it to be covered? Some insurance companies also have a Preferred Provider Requirement. If Swedish is not "in network," your insurance company may not reimburse you for the full cost of a breast pump.
- Will I need to qualify in order for the coverage to apply? You may need to have a prescription from your or your baby's doctor with a reason for needing a breast pump. Some health insurance companies will only cover pumps that are "medically necessary," for example, if a baby is premature, sick or having difficulty nursing.
2. Know what your policy will cover:
- Which brands or types of pumps are covered by my insurance? Does my insurance cover buying pumps, renting pumps or both? What type of breast pump does my insurance cover? (e.g. hospital-grade rental pump, double or single electric personal-use pumps, or battery or manual pump). If I have previously purchased a breast pump, can I submit a claim for reimbursement?
3. Know the terms of your coverage:
- Will there be a copay?
- Will I need to meet a deductible?
- What is the maximum dollar amount that will be covered?
For questions about renting or buying a breast pump, call 206-21-LYTLE (206-215-9853).