Pack for the hospital ahead of time
You never know when it will be time to go to the hospital, so now is the time to pack your bags, and have them ready. Experienced moms have found packing two bags, one for labor and the other for the hospital stay, is best. Take the labor bag with you into the hospital, but leave the hospital bag in the car. Be sure to leave jewelry and valuables at home. And don't forget to put the baby's car seat in the car! You can't leave the hospital without one.
Help with birthing?
In recent years, doulas have become a part of the birth experience for many families. A doula is a woman who is experienced in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to women and their families during childbirth and postpartum.
According to Doulas of North America (DONA), a certification organization, a doula:
Doulas do not take the place of the father in the birth experience, instead, they work with him to encourage and help him be supportive. Although some doulas are nurses, they do not function as a nurse during your labor or take over the responsibilities of the hospital nurses. If you want to use a doula, check with your health care provider and the hospital to find out about specific policies. Fees for doulas will vary, depending on whether they assist only with labor and birth, or they help with postpartum after your baby goes home.
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