You might think compiling all the necessary paperwork for a hospital stay would fall into the not-so-fun category, and you might be right. But my system-loving, organizational self started dreaming up various systems with which to alleviate the tedium.
Behold, my (fun and colorful) end product:
The health records are necessary while traveling and in case of an emergency. They obviously have all my records at my chosen hospital, but having these with me will be of enormous help in case I need to make an unplanned visit to a hospital somewhere else.
Emergency Contact Numbers
This section is pretty self-explanatory. Levi has all of these numbers programmed into his phone, but in case any other person needs to know who to call, this list includes health practitioners, local hospitals, local contacts, and family. Our relationship to each person/place is described, as is a mailing address.
This is mostly for Levi's benefit. The process of labor and birth is not something that most men have meticulously researched and memorized. And while we will be going to a childbirthing class together, I'm anticipating that some of the specifics will get lost in the excitement and intensity of the actual experience of labor. These sheets provide him with a few tools to help understand the terms the staff will throw around and the timing of everything they're going to do.
This might come in handy for me at the beginning of labor, but this is almost entirely for Levi. He'll be my coach and my support person come the big day, and this section condenses the many breathing, relaxation, and visualization techniques we'll be using. All he'll need to do is read off of the page when coaching me through something. And after a few repetitions, he should have it down.
Some things that hospitals do to a newborn can fly right out of your mind after the huge experience of giving birth. This section will serve as a handy reminder and outline for us when all the staff start doing various things to our baby.
And in the back pocket?
It feels so great to have this done and to have it looking fun. Feeling super prepared!
Keep it real, y'all,