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)
- Go to the labor and delivery unit
- Change into a hospital gown, or your own nightgown or big shirt
- Be examined to see how dilated (opened) your cervix is
- Be connected to a fetal monitor to time the contractions and check the baby's heartbeat