Helping You Prepare for Childbirth at Sky Ridge Medical Center

Couple Prepares for Baby's Arrival

Once you are in labor, there are a few important things to keep in mind to ensure a more positive birthing experience.

Communicate with your medical team. Let them know what you need and ask questions when you are unsure about medical procedures or when you want to know how your labor is progressing.

Personalize your surroundings. Birthing rooms are very comfortable, but you can make changes that will help you feel more at home, such as bringing your own pillow or favorite music to create a more relaxed atmosphere.

Change positions frequently. Walking in the halls or sitting in a rocker will help labor progress. Even just sitting in an upright position will help.

Remain mentally flexible. Use techniques such as relaxation or controlled breathing to help you adapt to your individual labor pattern. Should you choose anesthesia support for birth, anesthesiologists are available 24 hours a day to assist you. It would be helpful to discuss this option in advance with your physician and your insurance carrier.

Monitor your physical needs. You may be given intravenous fluids to maintain your hydration. Fetal monitor will be used to assess the baby’s heart rate and measure the frequency and length of your contractions during labor. Because intravenous tubes and the fetal monitoring equipment can limit your ability to move

around during labor, you should discuss these issues in advance with your healthcare provider.

Stay positive. Have confidence in yourself and your body. Our staff is here to support you and your family during this wonderful time.

What to Bring to the Hospital

For Labor and Delivery For Your Recovery For Your Baby
  • Warm socks
  • Lip moisturizer
  • Sour lollipops
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Camera
  • Playing cards, magazines or books
  • Hairbrush
  • CDs or DVDs
  • Your favorite pillow
  • Nightgown, robe, slippers
  • Two bras or nursing bras
  • Toiletry kit
  • Care for contacts or glasses
  • Clothes to wear home
  • Newborn clothes, including an undershirt
  • Blankets and hat appropriate for the weather
  • Infan t car seat (already installed)

Questions to Ask Your Physician Before Giving Birth

  • What can I eat or drink while I am in labor?
  • What are my options for pain management?
  • How much activity am I permitted when I am in labor?
  • How much fetal monitoring must I experience while in labor?
  • What are my second-stage options?
  • Can my partner cut the baby’s umbilical cord?
  • Can I immediately breastfeed my baby?
  • How long will I stay in the hospital after I deliver my baby?
  • Is there a nurse available to answer questions after I go home?
  • How do I choose a physician for my baby?