Third Trimester

Checklist: Maternity Ward Tour

Hey, the next time you see this room, you'll be in labor. Get the details now.

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Photo: Courtesy of St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA

Hey, the next time you see this room, you'll be in labor. Get the details now.

Since getting your questions answered is the whole point of taking a maternity ward tour, planning them out beforehand is definitely a good idea. Here are a few to get you started:

[  ]  When we arrive, do we need to check in at the front desk, or can I waddle straight to the maternity ward?

[  ]  What are the policies on cameras and video cameras?

[  ]  Are cell phones allowed?

[  ]  Will baby be able to stay in my room the whole time?

[  ]  Can daddy stay the night?

[  ]  What are my chances for getting a private room? Will my insurance cover it?

[  ]  What sort of breastfeeding support is offered? How does it work?

[  ]  Where and when are my other children allowed to be with me?

[  ]  Is there any extra paperwork involved to get my partner’s name on the birth certificate? (If you aren't married)

[  ]  Can I pre-register a couple of weeks before delivery? (Getting some of the legal hoopla out of the way can be very freeing.)

By Paula Kashtan