Know how to get to the hospital and how long it will take to get there. If you’re new to the area or unsure of the best route to the hospital, a "dry run" might be a good idea. Be sure to ask what entrances will be open, especially on nights and weekends. Many facilities close all but one entrance after normal business hours. Have an alternate plan for getting yourself to the hospital, just in case your pre-arranged driver isn’t able to take you right away. If you have young children or pets, arrange for someone to take care of them while you’re at the hospital. Make sure that this is someone who will be available any time and at a moment’s notice. A back-up resource is also a good idea, just in case your original plans fall through. Prepare and freeze several meals in advance. This saves time and cooking during your first days at home. Make a list of contact information for friends and family you’ll want to call, text or email. Put them in an obvious place, such as on the refrigerator or your mobile device. This way, you’ll be able to find them when you’re rushing out the door! Make sure things are ready for your return before you leave for the hospital. It’s important that you have everything you’ll need to take care of your baby.