So we just did our hospital tour tonight. It was pretty good! There were a lot of things that made me feel good and a few that scared me. I hate hospitals, so seeing people in scrubs behind the nurses station was enough to freak me out, lol. They had us peek into the OR where c-sections are done and the recovery room, and that was definitely scary. Trying to "un-see" that part, haha!!
But I enjoyed seeing the labour and delivery rooms. They are pretty nice, there's a shower with a removable shower head that I can use, room for a birth ball if I want it, and squatting bars that attach to the bed which might be great for pushing. It doesn't look quite as cold and clinical as other rooms which I appreciated. There's nitrous oxide we can breathe for pain if we want and it's on a long hose so I don't have to be in the bed to use it, I can move around with it! There's long hallways to walk with support bars along all the walls, and there are plenty of fridges and microwaves so we can bring our own food (yay!).
Anyway everything was good except that I want to come up with some ways to make the room seem less like a hospital, lol. There were some good suggestions given - don't wear the paper smock and instead bring your own nightie and robe, bring some pillows from home, set up a few battery-powered tea light candles in the room (love this idea, just can't have real candles of course!), and bring some essential oils (love this too since I hate the smell of hospitals).
Anyone have any other suggestions for things to make a hospital room more homey? Also is anyone else doing a tour, or done one? I thought overall it was really helpful and well worth it