Pregnancy may pass quickly for some women and very slowly for others. Inevitably, pregnancy does come to an end. Soon, it will be time for your baby to be born. You may have questions about labor and delivery. Write them down before your next prenatal appointment, to remind you to discuss them with your health care provider.
Plans that you will need to make:
Choosing a Support Person
You may choose your husband, a partner, a friend, or a family member to be your support person while you are in the hospital. This person should be available at the time of your labor. Include your support person in your pregnancy by having him or her meet your health care provider before labor and being aware of your choices for labor and delivery.
If you do not have a support person, let your health care provider know. It is also helpful to let your health care provider know if you have any special requests or needs due to religious or cultural factors.
Pre-register at your Birthing Center
For any questions regarding Strong Memorial Hospital, please call the admitting office at 275-3400.
For questions regarding Highland Hospital, please call the admitting office at 341-6536.
Plan for Transportation
A trial drive is helpful for you to know how long it will take and what hospital entrance to use and to locate the parking lot. Make sure that your car always has enough gas during the last month's of pregnancy. Practice using your baby's car seat, to make sure that you know how to fasten it correctly with your car's seat belt.
Arrange for Child Care
If you have other children, it is necessary to arrange for child care. You may need to have one plan for daytime hours and one for the night. We suggest that you register your child for sibling classes by calling 275-0096. Your children may remain with you during labor if there is a designated adult to supervise them at all times. This should be a different person than your labor coach.
What to Bring to the Hospital
- Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, comb and brush
- Robe, nightgown, slippers
- Nursing or support bra
- Clothes for you and your baby to wear home
- Book or magazine
- Items you use for relaxation
- Camera and batteries/charger
- Blanket to take baby home
- Pillows (keep in bright colored pillowcase)
- Snacks for your support person