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Preparing to welcome your baby

Preparing for the hospital stay

Your visit to the hospital will only last a couple of days and the time spent with your baby will be precious. We encourage you to think about what would help keep this experience in line with your wishes and, looking back afterward, the way you would like to have welcomed or honoured your baby under the circumstances.

We invite each parent to ask these questions before their hospital stay:

  • When my baby is here, do I want to spend time with them, see them, take them in my arms or have skin to skin contact?
  • Do we want to introduce our baby to our family members?
  • What mementos do we want to keep of our baby?
  • Would it make sense for us to offer our baby a farewell ceremony, a baptism (baptism of desire) or a rite of passage while we’re together at the hospital?

Know that at any time, you will be able to discuss these questions with a member of the team who can guide you in your choices. These decisions require time to reflect. And whatever you choose to do, your wishes will be respected.

Some parents want to bring in some meaningful items for their baby such as a blanket, a stuffed toy, or a flower. Others feel drawn to writing a letter to their baby, reciting a prayer, playing a lullaby or some music for them.

Take the time to think about what makes sense to you and what would best alleviate your pain during your hospital stay and beyond.

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Updated on 11/26/2019
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