by Pregnancy.org Staff
Even though you can't plan the exact day or time to give birth to your baby, unless of course our doctors and nurses have established a schedule for a Cesarean birth or induction, you can control preparation for the trip to your hospital that will make the journey less stressful. Take advantage of "preadmission" if your hospital offers it. This will allow you to fill out much of the necessary paperwork ahead of time.
The following tips should help you organize your plan for getting to the hospital:
Have your suitcase packed several weeks before your estimated delivery date, and keep any other items you'll need or want to take to the hospital handy. A suggested checklist includes the following:
Your delivery hospital can tell you what will be provided for you at no charge (sanitary napkins, a few diapers for the trip home). Specific items, such as breast cream or hemorrhoid ointment, may be added to your hospital bill.
During your preparation to go to the hospital, your partner may share much of your excitement about the upcoming "big event". Be sensitive to and discuss some of the other feelings he is probably experiencing, including:
You can take some final steps in preparing your older children for the new baby and at the same time reassure them about the time you'll spend away form home.
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