You are approaching the end of your pregnancy and it is time to get ready for that important moment when labour begins.
If this is your second or subsequent pregnancy then you know what to expect, however, if this is your first time you are heading into the unknown. To make things easier on yourself use the checklists below to prepare yourself and plan for your trip to hospital.
Getting to hospital
Well before your due date, work out the easiest route to the hospital. Find out where the parking is, whether you need money for parking and which entrance you will need to use. Also check which entrances you will use if you arrive in the middle of the night. Arrange beforehand for someone to be available to drive you to hospital once you go into labour. Organise a back up person - in case your original driver cannot get to you in time.
Keep this list of important phone numbers with you at all times:
Hospital/Birth Centre: _________________________
Doctor/Midwife Name: _________________________
Birth Partner: __________________________________
Driver #1: ______________________________________
Backup Driver: _________________________________
Babysitter #1: _________________________________
Backup Babysitter: ____________________________
Keep some old towels handy (even leave some in the car you will be driven to hospital in) in case your waters break on the way
- Pack your bags for hospital
- Have a notebook handy to keep a record of the timing of contractions
- If you want to take a camera or video camera with you, get film and test that camera is working (check batteries) and keep it with your delivery bag - it is easily forgotten!
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