Getting Ready for D-Day
While it certainly is possible for everything to go smoothly on D-Day (Delivery Day!), how often does life go so smoothly? Labor rarely comes at the most convenient time, making it essential that you and your partner are prepared.
Chances are you've already mapped out the best route to the hospital, visited the maternity ward, and learned what to expect during labor and delivery. Familiarizing yourself with these variables and being prepared can lend a sense of comfort when the big day finally arrives.
Have you taken a hospital tour? Make sure you know who you should call and where you need to go when Baby begins her arrival. Does your wife have her bag packed? See that it is loaded and at the ready. Also be sure you have a car seat in your car, clothes for the baby's homecoming, and nursing or bottlefeeding supplies. Stocking the freezer with some frozen dinners or planning out a week of easy, go-to meals is a good idea as well. Things will be busy when you first return from the hospital.
Pack your Go Bag, too. Make sure it includes at least one change of clothes, some snacks (including a couple of energy bars; you're not going to want to leave while she's in labor), any medications that you take (in case you choose to stay overnight with your partner and new baby), a toothbrush and toothpaste (as well as other essential toiletries), a list of phone numbers of family and friends, copies of your partner's insurance information, your camera for pictures of your little one, and maybe even a nice picture of the two of you to put in Baby's hospital bassinet.
Well in advance, work out a "phone tree" with your family so you don't have to call everyone by yourself to share the news of your child's impending birth. When your partner goes into labor, it can be stressful. Being prepared will allow you to focus more on your partner and new baby, without having to worry about anything else.