What Should You Plan Beforehand?
Pre-register at the Hospital
To help rid yourself of anxiety and stress, you should pre-register at the hospital you plan to attend. Additionally, you should inform the hospital staff of your labor and delivery preferences. If all the information is known beforehand, then you don’t have to worry about miscommunication and other possible misunderstandings on behalf of the hospital staff.
Have a Ride Planned… and a Back-Up Ride.
There should be no confusion on who, when, and where. You need to have a ride prepared and even a backup ride to back you up, just in case. Bad things happen, whether we expect them to or not. Having a backup ride helps cover any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent your primary ride from getting you to the hospital promptly.
What Should You Bring to the Hospital?
It will be near impossible to pack when you enter labor, so you should have your bags prepared well in advance.
Make sure you have all your medical records and necessary documents on hand. You also want socks and slippers, loose-fitting clothes, extra blankets, plus a bathroom bag with essentials like a toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
Snacks for your partner and your favorite music wouldn’t hurt either!
Focus on a Safe and Healthy Delivery!
If you’ve taken the appropriate steps, you’ll have done the logistical work beforehand. Being prepared allows you to focus thoroughly on a safe and healthy delivery!
Best of luck!
Veronica Baxter is a writer, blogger, and legal assistant operating out of the greater Philadelphia area. She writes on behalf of Villari Law, a group of expert birth injury lawyers.