Post # 1
I don’t really know what to expect from the hospital tour.Its a 45-60 min small group tour.
I have TONS of questions, but they are mostly procedural things, like how long I can labor without drugs to speed things up, and if I can have intermittent monitoring instead of being strapped to the monitors and chained to the bed. I don’t even know if they are questions for the hospital or if they are questions for my midwife, who should know the hospital’s policies.
What was your tour like? Was there something that you wish you had known before going into labor?
Post # 3
I actually didnt get to go on my tour. So I was quite clueless when I went into labour and went to the hospital. But everyone was really helpful and answered all my questions and helped ease my anxiety. I found labour and delivery very easy..because things progressed sort of step by step and the nurses explained what was happening.
Post # 4
I think some of the procedural type questions are best answered by your midwife, since she’ll be able to “bend the rules” to your preferences if need be. The types of questions we asked during our hospital tour were mostly about facilities and post-partum/baby care. Here’s the list of questions we came prepared with (others came up during the tour, but I didn’t write them down so I don’t remember them):
What is available for my use during labor/birth (e.g. birthing balls, rocking chairs, showers, tubs, squatting bar/stool, etc…)? Are these things available on first come, first served basis, or do I need to tell you in advance what I want to use?
Is my husband allowed to stay overnight? Where will he sleep?
What are the visiting hours/limitations? How many people can be in my room at a time? What are the limitations during labor and birth?
What food is provided? Will my husband be provided with meals? When is the cafeteria and coffe stand open? Will I be provided with food during labor? Will I be given a meal soon after birth?
What kind of procedures/check-ups need to be performed before we can leave the hospital? When is the soonest we can check-out? How long can we stay, if we decide to stay more than one night?
Post # 5
@Mrs. Spring: I literally had NONE of your questions on my list, but they are all questions I’d like to know the answers to ahead of time!
I’m trying to limit my procedural questions for the tour and will ask most on Friday at my next midwife appointment. Two of the midwives are new to the practice, including the one I’m seeing Fri, so hopefully they have caught up with everything by now and can answer all my questions.
I’m gald I posted this… There is so much involved and some stuff you don’t even think about. I’m sure there is lots more that I’ve forgotten too…
Post # 6
How did your tour end up going?