Q&A: Should I Tour the Maternity Ward?

My friend went on a tour of the maternity ward before she gave birth. Should I do this?
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Updated March 2, 2017
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Touring the maternity ward is a great way to boost your (and the mate’s) confidence as the Big Day approaches. Think of it as visual and mental prep — you sure don’t need any extra surprises when baby’s coming out! A tour is a fun chance to check out places and spaces where you’ll be laboring, delivering and recovering. It should also include a nice run-down of hospital procedures and policies. This is a time for you to visualize the event and ask any lingering questions. (Do you know where you’ll be parking and entering the building? Even at 3 a.m.?) If you’ll be taking childbirth education classes at your hospital, the tour is probably included in the class schedule. If not, tours are generally free and routine — just call ‘em up and schedule a time to come in. Some hospital websites now offer virtual tours of the maternity ward, which might be more convenient for you. Just be sure to give them a call if all your questions aren’t answered.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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