Ramping up to Birth Article

Ready to Go at a Moment’s Notice

At this point, you know how to get to the hospital, your bag is packed and you're ready to go. Now is the time for some final preparations. While your doctor can name a due date, many times with very good accuracy, it is still just an estimate.

  • Make sure you are able to be contacted at anytime during the day. Having a cell phone or pager is recommended. And have it on at all times. Getting a cell phone, even if temporarily, for your wife could be a good idea, too.
  • Make arrangements with your work in terms of time off, transitioning workload or possibly designating someone to cover your load. If it is possible avoid traveling.
  • Work out a policy for in-laws and friends regarding visits to the hospital and home and "help." Make it known in advance. Plan your help's responsibilities ahead of time. You don't want them to be holding the baby while you or mom cooks and cleans
  • Plan on putting a message on your phone answering machine announcing the baby's name, size, time of birth, eye color, etc. Ask callers to leave a message and understand that you are busy and it may be a while before you get back to them.
  • Pre-arrange pet care, if needed.
  • Keep the doctor's phone number handy.
  • Have a watch with a second hand to count contractions.
  • Enjoy as much time alone with your wife as you can manage, as it might be a while before you are able to do this again.

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