National Hospital Week on May, 2024: 35+weeks and wondering?
National Hospital Week 2024.
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Here is a list I found at babycenter.com I am also almost 35 weeks and I have been reaserching the same subject. Good luck to you and your baby!!!
Packing list for the hospital or birth center
Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board
Last updated: July 2005
For your partner/labor coach
For your baby
What not to bring
You may want to pack two bags for the hospital or birth center: a small overnight bag for the items you'll need during labor and a larger bag for everything else that you'll need later. Here's a list of things that experienced moms recommend packing. You may also want to ask your caregiver, childbirth educator, or doula for tips on what to bring.
• Your birth plan.
• Your insurance card and any hospital paperwork you need.
• Your eyeglasses, if you need any. Even if you usually wear contacts, you'll probably need or want to take them out at some point during your stay.
• A hair band and barrettes, if you think you might want them.
• Lip moisturizer.
• A bathrobe, nightgown, slippers, and a couple of pairs of socks. Hospitals provide gowns for you to use during labor and afterward, but most will allow you to wear your own clothes if you prefer. Choose something loose and comfortable that you don't mind getting ruined. You'll need to wear a gown instead of pants so that your practitioner can check your cervix. Choose a top with short, loose sleeves so you your blood pressure can be checked easily and so you can slip your top off easily if you want to change and have an IV in place. You might also want to bring your own slippers and robe for walking around during the early stages of labor. If you don't want to risk soiling your robe, you can ask for a second hospital gown to wear as a robe to cover your backside.
• Something to read, if you're so inclined. One husband we know spent the early stages of labor reading The Lion in Winter while his wife read The English Patient. "In retrospect, I should have brought the National Enquirer or Vogue — something trashy with pictures," she says.
• Massage oils or lotions, music, an extra pillow, whatever you need to help you relax. (If you do bring your own pillow, be sure to use a patterned or colorful pillowcase so it doesn't get mixed up with the hospital's.) You might consider bringing tennis balls or a rolling pin in case you have back labor and need them for massage.
• Talismans, a picture of someone or something you love, anything you find reassuring. For your partner/labor coach
• Money for parking and change for vending machines.
• A few basic toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant.
• A change of clothes
• Some snacks and something to read during the early stages.
• A camera/video camera and film or tape or a memory card and batteries. Someone has to document the big event! (NOTE: Not all hospitals allow videotaping of the birth itself, but there's usually no rule against taping during labor or after the birth.)
• A bathing suit. If your partner wants to take a bath or shower during labor, you may want to jump in with her. Postpartum
• A fresh nightgown.
• Snacks! After many hours of labor, you're likely to be pretty hungry and you don't want to have to rely on the hospital's food. So bring your own crackers, raisins, and granola bars.
• A nursing bra, breast pads, and maternity underwear, if you'd prefer not to wear the net panties they'll give you at the hospital. Chances are, whatever underwear you do wear the first few days will get stained, even with sanitary pads (which the hospital provides).
• Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, lip balm, deodorant, and makeup, if it's important to you. Hospitals will have soap, shampoo, and lotion, but you might prefer your own brands.
• Your address book and prepaid phone card or cell phone. After the baby's born you'll want to call family and friends to let them know the good news. Note: Some hospitals don't allow cell phones to be used in the labor and delivery area, so you may want to ask about it ahead of time.
• A going-home outfit. Bring something roomy and easy to get into — believe it or not, you'll probably still look 5 or 6 months pregnant — along with a pair of flat shoes. The last thing you'll be worrying about when you go home is whether your outfit is fashionable. For your baby
• An infant car seat. You can't drive your baby home without one!
• A going-home outfit (one-piece stretchy outfits are easiest) and a snowsuit if it's very cold
• A receiving blanket (a heavy one if the weather's cold)
• A pair of socks or booties
• A cap (although they'll usually give you one at the hospital)
• Baby nail clippers or emery board. "The hospital where my son was born didn't supply clippers for fear of liability, and as a consequence my son gouged his face before he was 12 hours old," says Jen Morin of Vancouver, British Columbia. What not to bring
• Lots of cash, credit cards, or any other valuables
• Work. Yes, we actually know fast-track types who have sent business e-mails from the hospital room, made work-related phone calls, and reviewed spreadsheets.
How about a national day or week without electricity?
Most hospitals, critical care facilities, emergency facilities, etc.. have back-up generators and other emergency back-ups in place. Most of these are tested at least on a weekly basis. So, the real question in an emergency situations is how prepared are individuals. That, my friend, is up to the individual. Participation in a national day or week without electricity would probably not be accepted well as most of us do not like the inconvenience of "doing without".
I think things were much simpler when we didn't have all the conveniences we have today. And we had more time to visit with family and friends. I would be all for your idea, just for the simplicity of life aspect it would bring.
When is National EMT Day?
There is no National EMT Day. There is, however, a National EMS Week. The next one is May 20-26 2007. Of course nobody knows about it and the only way in which it is recognised is by hospitals leaving extra treats in their medic rooms.