Items for Leaving the House
Once you and your baby are home from the hospital, you'll need a few items so that you can pay visits to friends and family (and be out and about) with everything you'll need to keep you and your baby comfortable. Some items you might consider purchasing are:
Backpack or convertible backpack/frontpack
Toy for car seat
Additional Items to Buy:
ALERTING FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Here you can record the contact information for those people your partner or labor coach should call immediately when your baby is born to share the good news.
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT CONTACT SHEET
Record the contact information for anyone you want to send a birth announcement to.
LABOR-TIME CHECKLIST FOR YOUR PARTNER
Remembering everything in the thrill of the big moment may be hard, so make a checklist and keep it on your car's dashboard so that you remember everything when the time comes. Also remember to top off your gas tank every time it gets below the halfway mark, so that you won't have to make a stop for gas on the way to the hospital.
Be sure to record the sender and gift item for all baby gifts you receive. That way you will have an easy reference for when you are well rested and ready to send out thank-you cards!
LABOR AND DELIVERY
Time of first contraction:
Where you were when labor began:
Any complications during labor and delivery:
Additional information about delivery:
Here is a place for you to record the thoughts, feelings, and physical changes you experience during your ninth month of pregnancy.
The Big Event: How are you feeling about your impending labor and delivery? Nervous? Excited? A little of both? What is your biggest fear of, and your greatest hope for, the experience?