Practice your breathing and relaxation techniques.
Decide whether you want additional labor support.
Hire a doula, if you want professional 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.
Learn the best route(s) to the hospital.
Register for a childbirth preparation class.
Register for a sibling(s) at birth class and/or a new brother or 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 birth center tour with you.
What you should know about a labor epidural
Birth plan worksheet
Labor log worksheet
Labor bag and hospital checklist
The labor companion's quick checklist
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