Post # 1
How far along were you when you took your hospital tour? My OB said to wait until I was at least 30 weeks but everything I’m reading says schedule before 28 weeks. I’m curious as to when you actually scheduled your tour.
Post # 3
I was probably 34 or 35 weeks along when we took ours. It was good in that the tour lit a fire under our butts to get the hospital bags ready and I was mentally ready to get all that information (whereas earlier in the pregnancy, I was not ready to think about delivery). That said, going earlier and taking notes is just fine, too. It never hurts to have the information, as you don’t know exactly when your little one might arrive.
Post # 4
Ours is part of our general childbirthing class that we’re going to this weekend. So that will be 31 weeks. There are a couple other classes we’re taking next month. I guess I wanted everything to be late enough to still be relatively fresh in our minds but early enough that if the baby comes early we’ll be prepared. You know, hopefully.
Post # 5
I took ours at about 18 weeks. Our hospital does tours two nights a week at 7:30pm. You just call and sign up. No one really said anything one way or another about when to schedule it, but for me, knowing the policies and procedures of the hospital was very important in helping me to relax and plan for the birth. I had been doing a lot of reading and thinking about my hopes for the birth, but until I knew what I would be allowed and not allowed to do, I was worrying about it more than what felt comfortable to me. So I went on the tour, and it was a HUGE relief. I must have told Darling Husband “I can’t believe how well that went” a dozen times on the way home. It might have been a little early to do the tour at 18 weeks, but I didn’t want to spend 10+ more weeks worrying about things that I could easily find the answers to by doing the tour.
I really want a natural childbirth with as little intervention as possible, so finding out what I could and couldn’t do has been really important in helping to think about and plan for the birth. Especially because, as someone who wants a natural childbirth, hearing story after story of complications occurring from medical procedures that are “standard practice” in many hospitals had me a little stressed out.
Post # 6
It was a part of our birthing class, so I was like 36 weeks.
Post # 7
Third trimester, I think. I was very eager too. Your hospital wil probably tell you if it’s ‘too early’. We missed a chunk of the tour, at the beginning and near the end so I’m tempted to take it again…but not sure if I will.
Post # 8
I didnt do it untill about 37weeks!
Post # 9
We waited too long, our hospital only does them once a month. I’d check with the hospital to see how often they do the tours, and just make sure you don’t plan it too close or you may miss it, LOL. Honestly there’s no reason you can’t do it early. Just take notes.
Post # 10
Thank you ladies. It seems there is quite a range people have taken them. I appreciate the insight.
I went ahead and called our hospital to see what was available and it only does tours on two Saturdays a month. I already filled up January with birthing classes, breastfeeding classes, and newborn care classes. Since I will take MightySapphire’s advice and not wait until February (baby’s EDD month), I’ll take the December class when I’ll be exactly 30 weeks.