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Now that I’m in the second trimester of my third pregnancy, I’ve started focusing on preparing for the delivery our baby. While I’ve had fun shopping for baby clothes, getting the nursery ready, and taking parent education classes (more on that soon), the first item on my to-do list was to schedule a tour of the hospital where I’ll be delivering our baby boy.
I’ve learned from my past two deliveries that being informed and prepared before labor actually begins helps me go into the delivery process with confidence and peace. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing virtual labor and delivery tour options for expecting moms as well as how to schedule free one-on-one mom consultations where you can get all of your questions answered. Whether you’re a first time mom new to the process or a mom who already has a few children, there are amazing options available to help you prepare.
Virtual Tour of AdventHealth for Women’s The Baby Place
The past year has been filled with rapidly-changing business policies around the globe, so I was eager to schedule a virtual tour of The Baby Place at AdventHealth for Women Orlando to re-familiarize myself with the layout and services available as well as learn about the updated policies. Even though I delivered my daughter Luna at the same hospital two years ago, there have already been updates to the experience.
I’ll get into the details in just a second, but let’s start with a basic question. Do you really need to schedule a tour of your hospital when you’re pregnant? In short, YES.
Do you need to schedule a hospital tour when you’re pregnant?
I didn’t tour the hospital where I delivered my oldest daughter before her birth, and it was a big mistake. When I was in labor, my husband and I weren’t sure where to go, and we had no idea what the hospital policies and amenities were like. It definitely added to my first-time mom anxiety, and I believe it negatively affected my experience. I learned my lesson and scheduled a labor and delivery tour of AdventHealth for Women Orlando as soon as possible during my second pregnancy.
Getting to know the hospital layout, learning what to expect from hospital protocols, and finding out all of the services that were available to me prior to labor and delivery made a huge difference in my overall experience and helped me stay calm throughout the entire process. You can read more about my birth experience at AdventHealth for Women Orlando here if you’re interested.
If you have the opportunity to tour the hospital where you’re delivering at, either alone or with a support person, I highly recommend it!
How can you schedule a virtual tour of The Baby Place?
If you’re a mom in Florida, scheduling a virtual tour of your hospital while you’re pregnant is easy and FREE. Simply go to BabyPlaceTour.com to schedule a virtual tour of your preferred AdventHealth for Women Baby Place location. There are Baby Place locations in Orlando (my hospital), Winter Park, Celebration, Altamonte Springs, Daytona Beach, Davenport, Orange City, and Tavares. You’ll be partnered with a Birth Experience Coordinator from the hospital and be able to schedule a virtual group tour at your convenience.
What is a Birth Experience Coordinator?
AdventHealth for Women truly has amazing services available to expecting moms, and one of my personal favorites is the Birth Experience Team available to new moms at each hospital. Each AdventHealth Baby Place locations has a team of Birth Experience Coordinators who are registered nurses and certified parent educators that are available to answer any of your questions and help put you at ease as a new parent. The service is 100% free. Some of the topics you might want to discuss with your birth experience coordinator are anything in the labor and delivery process you’re unsure of, your birth plan, parent education classes, scheduling lactation consultations, selecting a pediatrician, and of course, scheduling a tour.
If you’re delivering at AdventHealth for Women Orlando, I can personally say that you’re in amazing hands with Cameron Munoz, RNC-OB, and Heather Collins, RN, CCE, as your birth experience coordinators. They are both extremely smart, kind, and helpful and have helped make my past two pregnancies easy and stress-free. What happens during a virtual hospital tour for expecting moms?
What happens during a virtual hospital tour for expecting moms?
During the virtual tour of the labor and delivery facilities at AdventHealth for Women, you’ll get a chance to learn exactly what to expect when you go into labor and what will happen during your labor and delivery stay. The tours are hosted live to answer each mom’s questions, and your Birth Experience Coordinator who hosts the tour can answer all of your questions and concerns about the facility, procedures, protocol, and more.
I went on a virtual tour of AdventHealth for Women Orlando last month with Cameron Munoz, RNC-OB, and I was able to walk through the entire labor and delivery process from start to finish and get my questions answered about each and every step. During your tour, your birth experience coordinator will virtually walk you through the doors of the hospital and show you photos of every step of your journey from checking in during your initial evaluation in triage to leaving the hospital with your baby.
In addition to learning about hospital protocols, you’ll also be able to discover services available to you during your labor and delivery stay such as comfort measures during labor, lactation consultation, upgraded room amenities to make your stay more comfortable, and more. If you have additional questions after your tour, you can always contact the birth experience team to discuss your birth wishes, schedule appointments, and get your questions answered.
How to Schedule One-on-One Mom Consults
If you’re a second or third-time mom, or maybe you’ve already delivered at an AdventHealth for Women hospital and don’t feel like you need a full tour, you can choose to schedule a one-on-one Mom Consult with your Birth Experience Coordinator instead of a group tour.
Mom Consults allow you to schedule a one-on-one phone call at your convenience with a birth experience coordinator who can answer any questions you may have. I think this option is fantastic if you want to be updated about changes in hospital procedures, discuss your birth wishes, and get any specific questions answered.
Why I’m Choosing to Deliver at AdventHealth for Women Orlando
Now that I’ve shared how quick and easy it is for expecting moms to schedule a labor and delivery tour at AdventHealth for Women hospitals, I’d like to take a moment to share why I’ve chosen to deliver my third baby at AdventHealth for Women Orlando.
The Baby Place Orlando Features That I LOVE:
State-of-The-Art Facilities: AdventHealth for Women is an absolutely stunning and state-of-the-art facility equipped with amazing doctors and a Level III NICU. Even though I’ve been blessed with two healthy babies who haven’t needed NICU care, it makes me feel at ease to know the best-quality care is only a few steps away if needed. The hospital is also very close to my home, so it makes check-in extremely convenient.
Highly-Trained and Supportive Staff: Throughout my three years of health care with AdventHealth and my past delivery at AdventHealth for Women Orlando, I can confidently say that their medical team is absolutely incredible. I’ve felt like my family and I have been in the care of top-notch doctors and nurses every step of the way in terms of medical care and emotional support. I’ve experienced nothing but kindness and respect from every medical provider I’ve encountered, and it makes me have so much confidence and peace knowing that my family and I are in good hands.
Wide Variety of Comfort Measures for Labor: I love that each Baby Place facility offers a variety of comfort measures for laboring. At AdventHealth for Women Orlando, moms have access to so many choices to make their laboring process what they want it to be.
Amazing Postpartum Procedures: When I was discussing my birth wishes with my birth experience coordinator during my last pregnancy, I was blown away the Birth Wishes I hoped for in an ideal scenario was actually the common protocol at AdventHealth for Women Orlando.
I love that when medically possible, AdventHealth gives mom one hour of immediate skin-to-skin time with baby and allows baby to room with the mom throughout the duration of the stay. These little things may not seem important, but they make a HUGE impact on your AND your baby’s postpartum recovery, make breastfeeding easier, and allow you to better bond with your baby.
Staff That’s Educated in Breastfeeding: The support breastfeeding moms at AdventHealth Baby Place is absolutely incredible. You’ll have access to well-trained lactation consultants throughout your stay, and all of the nurses also have breastfeeding education and are able to assist you as well. The first few hours and days are so, so important in establishing a good breastfeeding experience, and I felt supported every minute of my stay at AdventHealth for Women Orlando.
I also had a great experience taking an online breastfeeding class at Baby Place Academy during this pregnancy, and I learned so many new things even though I’ve already breastfed two babies. I highly recommend it for all moms interested in breastfeeding.
Orlando Mom’s Experience at AdventHealth for Women Orlando
If you’d like to learn more about a real mom’s experience at AdventHealth for Women, you can see more about my tour of AdventHealth for Women Orlando and then read this post to learn about my birth experience at the hospital. I’ve also linked several articles that will help you throughout your pregnancy below.
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