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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?

We went on the tour because its a great thing to know where you have to go and let the kids see where you will be. Even if you don't have other kids its nice for mom and dad to know what they have to offer. Then when you don't walk in its not so nerve wrecking for you and your hubby. We found out where they have a kitchen for my husband and kids to get snacks and if I need ice chips,popsicles or anything. We also found out that they have a dvd and cd player. The lady let us know what to bring and not to bring and in case there is a c-section needed. The hospital is brand new and it was terrific to do for all and everyone. Its only an hour and you will find out more than just walking in and out of the room. Your gonna find out about classes and much more. Its free and not that much time!!

4Campers |

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We also took a tour and I highly recommend it! My stepchildren are old enough (7 and 8) to be asking questions about where we will be and what will go on, so they were really excited to go with us! They did a great job explaining some of the policies and procedures and it definitely made me feel more at ease.

Szabo917 |

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i am a single first time mommy, im having a planned csection, and i went on a tour and it helped alot, so i know where to go, what to expect, and it even helped knowing that after surgery nobody but immediate family (taking turns) is going to be able to see me or the baby til later on that day when i am moved to the postpardum floor. I would highly recommend taking a tour of your hospital for first time parents.

Azbell31 |

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We went with our daughter, she is the first child for both of us, and we are thinking about going with our son because we are delivering at a different hospital. It made the day of delivery easier, i was induced and this way i knew exactly where to go and my anxiety level didn't increase any more than you expect it to prior to a brand new experience.

LitesFamily |

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it is probably a good idea to go on a tour WITH your boyfriend/husband because like my boyfriend said he will be running around to get things & going to get people and it would be much easier if he knew where he was going & knew how to give good directions because you know men tend to get lost & dont like asking for help. lol. that was just his thought!

sgioielli0001 |

Q&A: Should I tour the maternity ward?

I think it's a great idea to tour the maternity ward! I'm planning on doing that myself! I'm new in my area and I don't know my way around too well, so at least I won't feel too lost on my delivery date. 

Lionessak |

Q&A: Should I tour the maternity ward?

this is like taking a tour of the ER and ICU just in case you are in an awful car accident...who wants to spend any extra time in the hospital...not me. I'll pass on the tour and just survive the agony of staying in a hospital for a few days. I am not concerned about whether they have pretty paintings on the wall or nice curtains; let's make this process as fast as possible so I can go home.

littlesergeant |

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I'm actually doing this tonight.

firelight79 |

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I am doing this twice, once by myself (my husband is overseas) and when he is home on leave. Even though he may be missing the birth I would rather him know just in case.

kettbride |

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I just schedule my tour...Im doing it more for my 12 yrs old he is very curios and I know he is going to have a lot of question the day of my lil girl...I thought if I take him to a tour he is going to have a lot of questions answers

klinete |

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The Lamaze class our hospital offers includes a tour of the birthing center. My husband and I are definitely doing it. I know I'll feel a lot better if I know where everything is and what's offered.

AudreyLambert91 |

Q&A: Should I tour the maternity ward?

Am I the only one who thinks a tour isn't such a big deal? My husband has been obsessed about taking a tour of the hospital since we found out I was pregnant. We were told that a tour would be part of our prepared childbirth class, so we didn't sign up for a separate tour. Big mistake. We just found out our class will not include a tour and now all of the the tours are full. I tried to tell my husband it wasn't a big deal - I mean, we're going to show up at the hospital, tell them I'm in labor, and they'll take me to a room. If it's after hours, we'll go to the emergency room. They'll tell us where to go. I don't know what my husband thinks will be on a tour that he can't just ask once we get there, but he's not listening to me. It's like he's taken all of his anxiety about having a baby and transferred it all onto this one thing. So I had to call and beg the hospital to squeeze us into one of their full tours. I think it's crazy, but we're going to go anyway. I'm due in a month and I won't make it if my husband is stressing out about a dumb tour the whole time. I'm going to need him to be able to focus on other things. I don't know what he expects to learn from a tour that we can't see online, but I guess it'll make him feel better to know where the vending machines are. Whatever - I'm letting it go.

sjmbeard |

Q&A: Should I tour the maternity ward?

I was very disappointed with my recent tour of my hospital. I was the only person that asked questions, besides one or two other women who asked one question each. The nurse giving the tour was extremely lackadaisical and acted like she was skimming through a script. Worst of all, no one on the tour seemed to want to be there. No one talked to each other, and they all seemed like they'd rather be somewhere else. The guide seemed bothered by my questions and acted like everything I asked about was out of the norm. Example: "Can I go with the baby when he gets circumcised?" her answer "I've never had anyone ever ask that. You'd have to ask the doctor....I guess (trails off)" Another example "Can they perform Apgar scores immediately after with the baby on my chest?" Answer "We always take the baby over to the newborn area for those." Bottom line- I was very disappointed with her old-fashioned attitude and lack of information on the most current practices on keeping mother and baby together. She even mentioned they take the baby to the nursery to get weighed. Maybe I'm the odd one, but I find mother-infant bonding time immediately following birth to be crucial. I was upset that the tour didn't reflect what my OBs have told me (basically, that I can do what I want as long as the baby is ok.)

hmeiers |