Childbirth -- Preparing for Your Labor and Delivery

Here's what you can expect when you arrive at the hospital:
• You'll check in. You probably registered earlier, so all your information is there and waiting for you.
• You'll be asked questions about contractions, discharge and when you last ate
• In triage, your blood pressure and pulse will be taken. Your baby's well being will be checked on, usually by listening to the heartbeat with a doppler or through electronic monitoring.
• Probably, you'll be checked to see how your cervix has changed.

You might have a private room with baths where you can labor, deliver, and recover in one place without having to be moved. You hospital might not have this option.

If your birth isn't low-risk, you'll probably move from a labor room to a delivery room and after birth to a private or semi-private room.

Now that you know what to expect during early labor, don't you feel better? Next, take a look at the stages of labor so you'll be ready for the whole birthing process.

What have you done to get ready?