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Any of the new moms out there doing a maternity ward tour? (in addition to your classes?
If you already took one, would you recommend it?
nicoleh55:well we arent taking our classes through the hospital, but we know which hospital im delivering at, so an easy phone call should do the trick right?
ours isnt through the hospital either. but either way, I think they are worth it.
Third timer and I still went on the hospital tour, because it's a new hospital. It was worth it. I didn't even know where the L&D area was in the hospital, now I do. Plus I know their processes, what the rooms look like, how BFing friendly the hospital is (was pleased to learn my hospital prefers to not use the warming table and do skin to skin, plus gives you bonding time before transitioning you out of the L&D and into recovery). They also pointed out where the emergency OR is and where DH might wait if necessary, where you'll recover after that, etc.
Having experienced a truly terrible hospital my first time around, knowing what my current hospital's standard practices are allowed me to be aware of what I may need to request when the time comes. It also lowered my expectations a little from my 2nd hospital experience (mostly because there's no DVD player in the rooms, lol).
Definitely worth it. I got very nervous when we went into the delivery room and saw all of the equipment. The mirror and light that come down from the ceiling? Freaky. But now I've seen it and I can feel a little better when it's "go" time.
They also go over how many people you can have in each area (triage, delivery) and gave us a booklet that covered pretty much everything we'll encounter during our stay.
We did one last week and found it to be a HUGE waste of time. I think it could be important and that there is a lot of information that can be shared - but our hospital and the woman running the tour were HORRIBLE.
Here is a L&D room. See? Here are the monitors.
Here is a PP room. See? Here is Dad's chair.
Here is the nursery. There are no babies in there now. You should keep your baby in your room.
OK - have a good weekend bye!
It was really really awful. And if anyone had any questions she said it would be best to ask our doctors.
I did mine and I'd recommend it. It was nice to actually go into one of the labor & delivery rooms and then see the recovery suite where I'd be w/ baby. We got to see the nursery, gift shop, learn some general hospital directions and where everything was located (the cafeteria, vending machines, L&D check-in, the waiting area where my exteded fam would be stationed, parking, etc.)
It was good to cancel out some of the unknowns. I'll have enough anxiety about labor, pain, delivering for the first time, etc. I'd like to "know" something and have something feel familiar when I arrive to deliver. It'll take the edge off for me. But........that's just me. Good luck!
We did our tour before DD#1 and even though we're delivering again at the same hospital, we'll do the tour again because they did a huge remodel that may impact some of the policies (such as their single/double room issues) and some of the amenities, which'll help me know what to pack. (Ex: I packed toiletries last time only to find out my room didn't have a shower. Most of the rooms did but mine didn't, so it was a waste of space.)
It's also the best place/time to ask about current policies (such as visitor restrictions, any flu precautions/limitations, etc.)
It's never very long so it was worth it for us last time and I anticipate it being worth the time this round too.
We toured with DD and it was ok, I think we actually left early.
I just did another one last night as we are delivering at a different hospital and this time I think it was worth it because I knew which questions to ask. I had concerns this time around based upon previous experience which made it helpful to get them addressed before showing up in labor.
It's also a great time to get a rundown of hospital policies so you're not surprised or having to deal with the unexpected on labor day.
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