The last few weeks of pregnancy remind me a bit of the final stages of planning a wedding–there’s a ton of excitement and energy, and it seems like there are so many things to do! Luckily, I’m kind of a natural organizer, and Antonio and I have had a fabulous time prepping for Baby C: ordering last minute items from Amazon, figuring out the car seat and stroller situation, and washing all those adorable tiny little clothes and swaddle blankets. Our next project: packing our overnight bags for the hospital. Several of our friends have delivered before their due dates in the last few weeks, and we’re wondering whether Baby C will also arrive early, following the cue of his/her future playmates, or decide to arrive fashionably late to the event of life. 😉
Just like wedding planning, prepping for a baby can be mind-bending, and there’s always that danger of becoming bogged down in the minutiae. As an avid reader of pregnancy blogs, I’ve seen some trends that I just don’t get, like writing out a totally specific down to the last detail birth plan when–guess what?!–there are some things that you just might not anticipate, and then you’ll have to leave it to the professionals anyway! However, one super-useful and often-overlooked preparation I’d recommend is a hospital tour–especially after Antonio and I had ours this past weekend.
A word of caution: These things fill up fast, so plan accordingly. I had to call a month and a half in advance to book our tour, but it was so worth it. First, Antonio and I discovered the parking areas at our hospital of choice, so there will be no “OMG, where do I park” scenario when we’re running on adrenaline. We also turned in pre-registration papers, including our insurance information, which will facilitate our check-in. Our tour guide was knowledgable about the layout of the hospital and the entire birthing process, and we had ample time to ask questions and, in many cases, allay our fears. Hospital tours are a must for first-time parents; before we actually went on the tour, I’d imagined that it might be useless, and we’d probably just see a birthing room and leave, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Moms-to-be out there, have you taken a hospital tour? If so, what aspects did you find most helpful? I’d love to hear your experiences!