What happens when I get to the hospital?

What happens when I get to the hospital
What happens when I get to the hospital

When you arrive at the hospital for the birth you'll be met by skilled and experienced nurses, doctors who deliver babies virtually every day. They understand that delivery is an extremely powerful physical and emotional experience, and they're there to support you and your husband through it. Whatever you might need or whatever you want to know, don't be afraid to ask.

What happens when I get to the hospital?

What to take with you

As well as your hospital bag, remember to take your birth plan and maternity notes with you to the hospital.

Checks and tests

When you first get to the hospital for the birth, you'll probably be taken to a room for mums-to-be who've just arrived. A nurse will take you through a series of checks and tests.

They'll want to check

  • What's already happened in your labour, such as whether your water has broken and whether your contractions have begun.
  • Your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and urine.
  • Your maternity notes.
  • Your tummy and, with your permission, carry out an internal examination to find out how dilated your cervix is.

All the details will be written down.

The next steps

If you're in early, it may be better to go home and wait for the contractions to get stronger. If you're staying, you'll be given a bed on the early labour ward and move into a delivery room when your labour progresses.

If your contractions aren't too strong this is when the nurse and doctor will go through your birth plan with you and find out what your preferences are during labour.

However, if you're in full labour you'll be taken straight to a delivery room. You'll still be able to tell the doctor or nurse about your birth plan but make sure you have it in hand and that your husband knows about your choices too, because things may be moving more quickly by this stage.

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