Before your ninth month, make last-minute preparations for delivery. Your checklist should include the following:

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Your checklist should include the following:

       •  Name, address, and phone number of the hospital.
       •  Name, address, and phone number of the doctor or nurse-midwife who will deliver your baby and of the person who covers the practice when your doctor is not available.
       •  The quickest and easiest route to the hospital or birthing center.
       •  The location of the hospital entrance you should use when labor begins.
       •  The phone number of an ambulance service, in case you need such assistance in an emergency.
       •  The phone number of the person who will take you to the hospital (if that individual does not live with you).
       •  A bag packed with essentials for labor and for the rest of your hospital stay, including toiletries, clothing, addresses and phone numbers of friends and relatives, reading material, and a receiving blanket and suit of clothes for the baby to wear home.
       •  A car safety seat for the vehicle so you can take your baby home safely. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Install it in the backseat, facing the rear. (Never place a rear-facing car safety seat in front of an air bag.) It should stay in this position at least until your baby reaches one year of age and weighs at least 20 pounds (9 kg).
       •  If you have other children, arrange for their care during the time you will be at the hospital.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Last Minute Activities Before Delivery. (2009); [cited 2015 Oct 08]; [1 screen]. Available at: URL:

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