At the hospital

Every hospital is different, so it's a good idea to schedule a tour of the hospital a few weeks before your due date. This will help you know what to expect when you get there for labor.

When you arrive to have your baby, you will probably:

  • Fill out hospital admission paperwork, including insurance information (it's common for this to be done in advance through the health care provider).
  • Meet the team that will support your birth plan.
  • Go to the labor and birth unit.
  • Change into a hospital gown, or your own nightgown or big shirt.
  • Be examined to see if how much your cervix is dilated (opened).
  • Be connected to a fetal monitor to time the contractions and check the baby's heartbeat


Last reviewed: December, 2013

Every hospital is different, so it's a good idea to schedule a tour of the hospital a few weeks before your due date. This will help you know what to expect when you get there for labor.

When you arrive to have your baby, you will probably:

  • Fill out hospital admission paperwork, including insurance information (it's common for this to be done in advance through the health care provider).
  • Meet the team that will support your birth plan.
  • Go to the labor and birth unit.
  • Change into a hospital gown, or your own nightgown or big shirt.
  • Be examined to see if how much your cervix is dilated (opened).
  • Be connected to a fetal monitor to time the contractions and check the baby's heartbeat


Last reviewed: December, 2013