Its that time now. The nine months that originally felt like they were going by so slowly, are suddenly here. All those weeks of anticipating the birth of your baby are over. Here you are: 40 weeks pregnant (maybe a little more or a little less) and its time to have your baby. Are you ready for the delivery of your baby? There are a few things you may want to make sure you have thought about. We are going to review them here.
Your Birth Plan: Your birth plan is a list of things that you want to exclude or include during labor. It can include who you want involved during your labor. This can include your partner, parent, other relatives or other children. Remember not all hospitals have the same rules regarding how many people can be in the laboring room so it is important to ask ahead of time what your specific hospital allows. You can also exclude people from your labor room such as extra staff or certain family members. Remember the delivery of your baby is a private and personal thing and you have the right to your specific wishes. Your birth plan can also include if you want to have a natural progressing labor, that is without medications like pitocin that can speed up labor. Remember this can only be done if your labor is uncomplicated. If you have a high risk labor or if the baby is in distress, the birth plan will be altered by the doctor of other health care provider that is taking care of you. Birth plans can be long and detailed or simple and easy. It is up to you.
What to bring to the hospital: Basically you can pack as if you are going to be away for a few days. Remember to bring toiletries such as soap, deodorant, etc. Bring your ID and Insurance information. Take any special paperwork (eg. pregnancy passport or ACOG papers) that you may need that includes information about your prenatal care, especially if you are delivering at a hospital that doesn’t have your record. Other items to remember: toothbrush, pajamas, slippers, hairbrush, change of clothes, bathrobe, extra underwear, socks, pony tail holder, chap-stick, lotion, nursing bra, nursing pads, cold pack, camera, take-home outfit for baby, something to read, snacks for your partner or labor coach, camera and cell phone chargers.
Be aware of what can happen: Be sure to educate yourself on different things that can happen during labor. This can be a lengthy list but I will mention the most common things here. Continue reading