Preparing for the birth of a child can seem overwhelming. But if you take small steps, accept support when it is offered and learn what to expect during labor and delivery, you are more likely to head into the experience more confident and relaxed.
- Prepare meals and freeze them for eating after baby arrives.
- Get help with the housecleaning.
- Set up a diaper-changing area on each floor of the house.
- Have a supply of sanitary pads, underpants, Tucks pads and a spray bottle for cleansing the perineum area in the bathrooms on each floor.
- If you have a toddler, have quiet activities and books nearby for when you need to be feeding the baby and the toddler wants to be near.
- See if someone else can drive older children to and from daycare or school.
- Childbirth classes are considered one of the best ways to prepare for labor. Mothers who have taken them usually say the experience helped calm some of their fears. This is vital because fear can make your muscles tighten and set you up for pain. Classes will also teach you about pain-relief options and relaxation techniques. Southcoast hospitals offer an array of childbirth classes, including private classes — even for those women who just want a refresher.
- Call the maternity unit where you will be giving birth and arrange a tour. During the tour consider asking the following questions or discuss them with your health care provider:
- How do you check in? Is there a pre-registration form you should fill out now?
- What entrance should you use during the day and at night?
- Who can be with you during labor and birth?
- Will the baby stay with you from birth to discharge?
- What kind of security is in place?
- What kind of specialized nursery care is offered? How are parents involved if the baby has to be transferred to another facility?
- Where are the operating rooms where the cesarean sections are done? Who can be with you if you have one?
- If you have older children, when can they be with you?
- How long should you expect to stay in the hospital after the birth?
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