- What do I need to prepare for giving birth?
- Do I need to pre register at the hospital for delivery?
- How can I prepare for Labour pains?
- What should I pack in my baby’s hospital bag?
- What should I pack in my labor bag?
- How can I ease Labour pains?
- What do I need to prepare for a newborn baby?
- Are Lamaze classes worth it?
- When should you tour the hospital?
- How can I avoid tearing during delivery?
- Is childbirth the most painful thing?
What do I need to prepare for giving birth?
What to pack for labor
- A picture ID (driver’s license or other ID), your insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you need.
- Your birth plan, if you have one.
- Eyeglasses, if you wear them.
- A bathrobe, a nightgown or two, slippers, and socks.
- Whatever will help you relax.
Do I need to pre register at the hospital for delivery?
Be pre-registered at the hospital where you plan to give birth. Have your preferences for labor and delivery (fill out Your Plan for Childbirth PDF). Know where to go when you get to the hospital (including the after-hours entrance). Have arrangements made if you plan to donate your cord blood.
How can I prepare for Labour pains?
5 positive ways to prepare for labour
- Empower yourself. No two births are the same.
- Prepare your mind. You’ve heard the horror stories.
- Prepare your body. Labour often requires strength and stamina – so it’s important to prepare your body for it.
- Practise relaxation techniques.
- Put thought into your birth plan.
- Second time mums.
What should I pack in my baby’s hospital bag?
What to pack in a hospital bag: For your baby
- A going-home outfit.
- Approved infant car seat with the base properly installed in your vehicle.
- A few sleepers and onesies, socks and a hat.
- Cozy blanket and several receiving blankets.
- Package of newborn/size small diapers.
- Package of unscented baby wipes.
What should I pack in my labor bag?
Hospital Bag Essentials for the Birth Partner
- Snacks and water. Labor can be thirsty work even for supportive partners.
- Phone, camera and/or video camera, plus chargers and batteries.
- Spare glasses or spare contact lenses.
- Small pillow.
How can I ease Labour pains?
Can using warmth ease labour pain?
- A hot water bottle filled with hot (but not boiling) water.
- Massage, particularly having someone rub your back, will warm your skin and stimulate your body to release its own natural painkillers.
- A birth pool will soothe your aching back and help you cope with contractions .
What do I need to prepare for a newborn baby?
Some nursing mothers like to have these items:
- Lots of bibs.
- Burp cloths.
- Breast pump.
- Milk storage containers (here are some essential safety tips on storing breastmilk)
- Nursing pillow.
- Nursing bras (if buying before baby is born, buy one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)
- Breast pads (disposable or washable)
Are Lamaze classes worth it?
If you notice that your hospital offers a Lamaze class, you might wonder if it’s worth your time. While you’re probably busy with a million other things on your prenatal plate, you should consider it. Additionally, Lamaze class will give you some physical techniques to help manage the pain during your labor.
When should you tour the hospital?
A good time to tour the hospital is between week 30 and week 34 of pregnancy — but if you’re considering several options it’s best to schedule your first tour a few weeks earlier.
How can I avoid tearing during delivery?
Here are six ways to reduce tearing:
- Perineal massage. Studies show that perineal massage reduces your chance of tearing during birth.
- The Epi-no. If you can’t get the hang of perineal massage (and some women can’t), try the Epi-no birthing trainer.
- Water baby.
- Warm, wet towels.
- Don’t lie down.
- Keep calm and carry on.
Is childbirth the most painful thing?
There is one thing that almost every pregnant woman believes: Childbirth is the worst pain you could ever feel. And just about every pain you can imagine is compared to the pain of childbirth. However, there are some things that women who have experienced both say hurt more than giving birth.