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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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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 my partner 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