Bringing your new baby your home after delivery will most likely leave you asking more questions than you have answers. While it’s impossible to think of every contingency, the better your plan is, the easier the transition from hospital to home will be for you and your new child.
Timing and preparation are both very key in creating an environment that will allow you and your baby to relax and bond in the crucial days after leaving the hospital. Considering that you may give birth between 37 and 42 weeks into your pregnancy, you should try and have most of your plan thought out before the 37th week.
Some of the initial questions to consider may include:
- Do we have a car seat for the ride home?
- Have I packed enough clothes for the hospital stay?
- Who can I rely on to help when we get home?
- Have I prepared a few meals for the days after coming home?
- Do I have a pediatrician selected?
- What are the contact numbers for important resources (OBGYN, family physician, hospital, lactation consultant, etc.)?
As you can see, the list of things to remember can quickly become overwhelming. Reaching out for help is often one of the best steps you can take to ensure a low-stress transition.
At Pacific Women’s Center, we create long-term relationships with our expectant mothers and help them through every stage of pregnancy and birth. If you are in need of guidance and direction, give us a call at (541) 342-8616 to schedule an appointment.