You might be wondering, “Is a hospital tour necessary before giving birth?” I would say yes.
What is a hospital tour?
This is a time when you can ask questions and get to know your hospital and how everything works. You don’t want to be surprised when you come in to give birth. You want everything to go as smoothly as possible.
You’ll tour the labor and delivery wing of the hospital and see where you’ll be giving birth and where you’ll be staying after you have your baby. You’ll also get to ask any questions you might have.
You may be thinking, “I have no clue what to ask them!” Basically you are wanting to ask them about anything that might be important to you during birth. Are you trying to have a natural birth? Then you want to ask about their intervention rate or their c-section rate. If you are wanting to have an epidural then you want to ask how long it normally takes to get that.
Don’t be afraid to ask any question, that is the point of this tour. Even if you think it’s a silly question, it probably isn’t. There will be so much going on when you go into labor so you want to make sure you have all your questions answered now.
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You just want to ask things that are going to be important to you during labor. There are important questions you should ask the hospital when you tour including:
1.What is your C-section rate?
2. Will I labor and deliver in the same room?
3. How many births do you normally have at the same time?
4. How many people are allowed in the room during labor?
5. How many people are allowed in the room during delivery?
6. Will I be able to labor in the shower?
7. Will I have access to a birthing tub?
8. Do you support water births?
9. Is there a sleeping area in the room for my partner?
10. Am I allowed to walk during labor?
11. What is your policy on fetal monitoring?
12. What is your IV policy?
13. Will I be provided with a birth ball or peanut ball?
14. Can I bring an essential oil diffuser?
15. Can I play music in the room?
16. Do you have students or interns on your birthing floor?
17. Can I eat/drink during labor?
18. Can I wear my own gown during labor?
19. Do you allow gentler C-sections?
20. Do you do delayed cord clamping?
21. Can I have skin to skin contact with baby as soon as he’s born?
22. Do you give pacifiers without parental consent?
23. Do you have formula if I need it?
24. What happens if my baby needs to be transferred to the NICU?
25. Does the hospital have a lactation consultant?
26. Does the hospital have a breast pump I can use while I’m there?
27. Does the hospital provide diapers?
28. What all does the hospital provide?
29. Will I be moved to a different room after I deliver?
30. How long do I stay in the hospital after delivery?
31. What are visiting hours?
32. Are children allowed to visit?
33. Where should I go when I come in to deliver?
34. Do you have a time limit on how long I can labor until interventions are used?
35. Can I complete any paperwork before I come in?
There are so many moving parts to giving birth and you want to make sure that you are as prepared as possible. To get even more prepared be sure to check out 17 Things They Don’t Tell You About Giving Birth.