Why should I visit the hospital before birth?

Taking a trip to the hospital maternity ward before your due date can help you feel more reassured about the birth. You’ll be able to time your journey there and get your bearings so you know where and when to go to on your big day. It will also give you a better idea of what to expect and what happens when you arrive.

Visits are sometimes arranged alongside an antenatal class but if you miss out, talk to your doctor about organising a tour.

And while you’re thinking about going to the maternity ward, it might be worth checking your hospital bag one last time. You could also practice putting the car seat in and taking it out again, so you can carry your baby inside from the car easily.