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How To Choose a Hospital For Delivery

Having a baby is an exciting time filled with anticipation and lots of concerns. Find a hospital that will suit your needs by asking all the right questions.


  • Step 1: Find out whether your baby and your partner or family is allowed to stay in the room with you.
  • Step 2: Ask questions regarding the availability of your labor and delivery nurse, lactation consultant, and midwife or doula.
  • TIP: Some hospitals have policies regarding visitation hours and the number of allowed guests. This may include who is allowed to stay with your during your recovery.
  • Step 3: Discuss your options with your family and make a decision that will be best for you and your new bundle of joy.
  • FACT: In 1848, Dr. Walter Channing of Boston was the first obstetrician to use ether to reduce birth pain.
  • Step 4: Determine if an anesthesiologist is at the hospital at all times or on call only.
  • Step 5: Ask the staff about fetal monitoring policies. Determine if they will monitor constantly or intermittently.
  • Step 6: Take a tour of each potential hospital. Be sure to see where you will be admitted, the labor and delivery rooms, the postpartum rooms, the nursery, the cafeteria, and anywhere else you expect to use during your stay.
  • Step 7: Talk to your doctor or midwife and see what hospital they service. This may limit your choices to only one hospital.
  • Step 8: Ask the hospital staff about their intake procedures. This includes being admitted and where you will go directly after admission.
  • TIP: Some hospitals do not send you directly to a labor and delivery room. You may be sent to a triage room with other laboring mothers.
  • Step 9: Ask the staff if you will be laboring and delivering in the same room or if you will have to move during late labor.
  • Step 10: Check with your insurance company to see which hospitals in your area are covered.

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