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Q&A: Should I tour the maternity ward?

My friend went on a tour of the maternity ward before she gave birth. Should I do this?

Re: My friend went on a tour of the maternity ward before she gave birth. Should I do this?

The Bump Expert

Touring the maternity ward is a great way to boost your (and the mate’s) confidence as the Big Day approaches. Think of it as visual and mental prep -- you sure don't need any extra surprises when baby’s coming out! A tour is a fun chance to check out places and spaces where you’ll be laboring, delivering and recovering. It should also include a nice run-down of hospital procedures and policies. This is a time for you to visualize the event and ask any lingering questions. (Do you know where you’ll be parking and entering the building? Even at 3 a.m.?) If you’ll be taking childbirth education classes at your hospital, the tour is probably included in the class schedule. If not, tours are generally free and routine -- just call ‘em up and schedule a time to come in. Some hospital websites now offer virtual tours of the maternity ward, which might be more convenient for you. Just be sure to give them a call if all your questions aren’t answered.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Should I tour the maternity ward?

It is so worth an hour of your time. I found it very comforting to know where I was going, what amenities were available, visiting policies, etc... It was a whole list of questions answered that I didn't even know to ask and far less to worry about leading up to the big day. Even if it isn't your first child, if it is the first one at this hospital I'd still take the tour.

Jeanneplusone |

Q&A: Should I tour the maternity ward?

personally i think getting a tour of the maternity ward - is highly important because you should want to know what kind of environment you and your baby will be in, you also go to ask questions, for yourself for self assurance , like what are the after hours policies, can the father stay the night, will the baby be able to stay in my room the whole time, etc.

futurewedgirl1990 |