So the big day’s almost arrived. You’re probably excited and a bit nervous. Take some time to get yourself organised so you’re not in a rush at the last minute.
You may find this checklist useful:
- Are all your emergency numbers (such as your labour ward, midwife, taxi) to hand?
- Do you have the numbers of everyone you will wish to notify after the birth?
- Have you and your birthing partner decided how you're going to share the good news?
- Is your bag packed?
- Do you have your birth plan?
- Do you have your maternity notes?
- Have you thought about the options for pain relief during labour?
- Can you easily get hold of your partner or whoever you want to be with you when you give birth?
- Is there someone else on hand in case you can’t get in touch with them?
- If you have young children, have you made arrangements for their care during the labour and birth?
- Do you have a car seat suitable for the baby and car – and have you practised fitting it?
- Is your home safe for the baby?
Mobile phones and texting
Lots of couples find that texting the good news is a quick and convenient way of letting family and friends know so it’s a good idea to have everyone’s numbers stored in your phone in advance. But remember to check your hospital’s policy on using mobile phones as you may have to go outside the building before switching it on.