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Naming your baby

There is no requirement to name your baby, but it is entirely appropriate if you wish to do so. If you think you would like to name your baby, consider naming him or her before you go into labor or begin delivering. Naming your baby before you deliver is helpful because your caregivers and family can call your baby by name while you are in labor or during the delivery, as well as after he or she is born. Naming your baby will also be helpful for filling out any government or hospital forms after your baby is born.

If you have not selected a name prior to delivery, keep in mind that there is no time limit for when you must name your baby.

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Article by Kay Squires, with special thanks to Valerie, Holly, and Marion, and the members of the PROM mailing list
January 2005, updated July 2011