Preparation tips for various aspects of the due date: birth plan, hospital checklist, labor and delivery – these are your due date preparations.
Plan for the due date
There are many aspects of the birth to consider, and making a thorough birth plan stating your preferences for the birth of your baby will be helpful for anyone involved in the birth – the midwife, medical staff, and so forth. Some of your stated preferences may answer the following questions: How much time over the due date do I want to wait before receiving induced labor? Do I want to give birth at home with a midwife or at the hospital? Do I want the option to stay at the hospital regardless of my dilation stage? Distribute a copy of the birth plan to everyone who will be directly involved in the birth. Your preferences should be fairly flexible, because events may not always progress as planned.
After arriving at the hospital and being evaluated by a doctor, you may be asked to walk around a bit or even to return home for a while. Early in the labor process, discuss your preference for pain management such as if you prefer to be medicated or receive an epidural.
You may not be able to plan for all aspects of the birth or for unexpected events, so focus on the overall positive big picture. You will soon be welcoming a new member to your family.