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Things to Consider When Picking a Hospital for Your Baby's Delivery

Baby Bump: What to Consider on Your Hospital Tour

Be prepared. It's the motto of the Boy Scouts and a worthy mommy mantra. The best thing a mom-to-be can do is prepare for what lies ahead and arm herself with backup. Before you create a birth plan, pick a hospital to deliver the baby in, or decide on a home birth, you should tour the hospitals in your area.

A.D.A.M suggests paying close attention to:

  • Preregistration and check-in procedures
  • Suggestions for what to bring to the hospital
  • Policies on walking around, eating, and drinking
  • Access for the mother's "birthing coach" or other support people
  • Visiting hours for family and friends
  • Availability of neonatal intensive care facilities and trained staff

For five additional items to look out for,


  • Childbirth classes offered by the hospital (e.g., labor and delivery, baby care, first aid, breastfeeding)
  • Security procedures (e.g., wristbands)
  • Use of video cameras
  • Pain-relief options
  • Check-out procedures


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eggymar eggymar 7 years
i live in a city and in a place with multiple university hospitals and i still couldn't choose: my drs only had privileges at one hospital. can't be that rare!
katiekat katiekat 7 years
eggymar- not sure where you live, but I am in a city. Here most Drs. deliver at more than one hospital. I had the choice 4 different hospitals all within a few miles of my home.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Hey lil, can you do something on pre pregnancy consults? my husband and I are going to one in a few weeks...
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
Great list. Thanks for the information.
eggymar eggymar 7 years
Hmm, I wish I could have picked a hospital... wouldn't it be tied to your doctor's privileges, so if you would want to pick one, wouldn't it be a decision you make when selecting doctors?
goldiecar goldiecar 7 years
Second that. Some of them take too long to load.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 7 years
Thank you for not making this a slideshow. I dislike the Sugar Network using so many slide shows lately.
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