Is going on a tour worth it?
Pregnancy involves soaking in a lot of information and asking a lot of questions. Many expectant moms find a hospital tour helpful when it comes to preparing for labor and delivery.
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Labor and delivery wards and birthing centers offer tours to expecting moms. These free tours help parents get a sense of where and how birth will take place. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and hone a birth plan. Find out how you can benefit from going on a hospital tour.
You’re not familiar with the hospital
When it’s go-time, the last thing you want to do is figure out how to get to the hospital and what you need to do when you get there. Going on a hospital tour gives you and your partner the details on where to park and how to get to the labor and delivery area of the hospital.
You’re nervous about labor and delivery
It’s completely normal to be nervous about labor and delivery. Visiting the hospital and seeing where you’ll give birth can help with some of your anxiety. Even if you’re having a scheduled C-section, it helps to see where you’ll be. Bring a notebook and ask questions.
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You like having everything mapped out
Are you soothed by lists and being in control? Going on a hospital tour can help you structure your birth plan, including what type of room you’d like and what kinds of labor tools and methods you can use. For example, you can find out if the labor and delivery suites offer bathtubs or showers.
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You have specific needs
Whether you have a high-risk pregnancy or a very specific birth plan, your hospital tour will give you the opportunity to find out what types of accommodations can be made at the hospital. Most tours also include a brief visit to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), which can be comforting for many parents.
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