Preparing for Labor

Once labor starts, your focus should be on staying calm and getting safely to the hospital. One thing you can do to make your big day a positive experience is to have a plan ready in advance.

Choose a Birth Companion

A birth companion can help you cope with labor and delivery, regardless of whether you have a vaginal or cesarean birth. For example, studies show that moms-to-be whose birth partners were sensitive to how they felt during a cesarean birth were less likely to later remember the pain they felt after the procedure.

Whether you choose your husband or partner, a parent, or a friend, your birth companion needs to be someone you feel comfortable having present during labor and delivery. If you plan to attend a Prepared Childbirth class, your partner should go, too. The class will provide you both with details on what to expect and offer stress-management techniques. Remember to share your wishes, such as what type of pain management you want, with your partner before you go into labor.

Hospital Checklist

As you get closer to your due date, pack a bag you can grab on the way out the door. Include the following items:

  • Insurance card and preregistration information
  • Address book with key contacts
  • Clothes to wear, such as a nightgown or robe and slippers
  • Toiletries, such as a toothbrush
  • Glasses and/or contact lens supplies, if needed
  • Books, magazines, music, or other items to entertain and relax you
  • Extra pillow
  • Nursing braand pads
  • Clothes for you and your baby to wear home

Childbirth classes

For information on Prepared and Refresher Childbirth classes, visit our online events calendar.

Install your car seat Early


Don’t wait until you’re leaving the hospital to install your car safety seat. Follow the directions that came with your car seat and place it in the backseat, facing the rear of the car.               

Not sure you’ve correctly installed your car seat? Have one of PMC’s on-site child-seat safety inspectors double-check it for you. Call 570-476-3414 for more information.

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