Giving birth

To do list

  • Notify your health care provider, midwife or hospital birth center as instructed.
  • Notify your support system when you think labor has started.
  • Notify child care for older children.
  • Relax and distract yourself if in early labor.
  • Rest if you're tired.
  • Bring your labor bag and suitcase to the hospital.

Forms and worksheets

Labor log worksheet

Labor bag and hospital checklist

The labor companion's quick checklist

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Related resources

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015

Video series

Mother baby care

A wide variety of videos on topics ranging from labor and delivery to newborn and postpartum care can be found on our Allina Health mother baby care video page.

Giving birth: Managing pain


Breastfeeding your baby is available in English, Arabic, Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

Audio CDs

Guided Imagery for Pregnancy & Birth

Guided imagery for pregnancy and birth

The tracks on the Guided Imagery for pregnancy and birth album will assist you with relaxation, pain control, healing and breastfeeding. Download on CD Baby today!