Practice your breathing and relaxation.
Decide whether you want additional labor support.
If you've had a Cesarean birth, talk with your health care provider about a vaginal birth after a Cesarean (VBAC).
Create your birth plan.
Make your packing list and pack your labor bag and suitcase.
Learn the best route(s) to the hospital.
Take a childbirth preparation class. Find classes and registration information at allinahealth.org/classes or call Allina Health Class Registration at 1-866-904-9962.
Consider options for professional birth coaches, such as doulas, if you and partner decide to seek labor support aside from your health care team.
Register for a new brother - new sister class to help older children feel better prepared for a hospital trip.
Take a tour of your hospital's birth center. Ask if your older children can go on the tour with you.
Birth plan worksheet
Labor log worksheet
Labor bag and hospital checklist
The labor companion's quick checklist
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8
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