Are you beginning to dread delivery day, or are you dreaming of that golden event when your baby greets you surrounded by those soft touches you bring from home to make it as wonderful as possible?
It’s no coincidence that many hospitals have renamed their labor and delivery units as “family birth centers” and have added many of the elements you’d find in your home or a comfy hotel; such as soft lighting, inviting décor, and a restful place for your partner to snooze along with you.
Experts know that stress only exacerbates how women feel pain and experience labor, while customizable, calming environments diminish anxiety and lead to better labors. Setting the stage begins with a tour of your birth facility – note the surroundings. Ask yourself as you go along, “what could I add to this to make this more comfortable for me? For my partner?” Then start your packing list. If an emergency is taking you into labor, have at least the essentials packed and ready to grab as you head out the door.
As you approach 38 weeks, this is a great time to pack your hospital bag – your baby could be born any day now or he could take as many as 4 more weeks to make his final appearance.
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