Keeping your baby with you for at least 1
hour after birth, for bonding. (Many hospitals allow rooming-in, with no
mother-baby separation during the entire hospital stay.)
Preventing breast-feeding problems. You can plan ahead for
breast-feeding support in case you need it. Check around for a
lactation consultant. Some hospitals have them
in-house. You can also make sure that hospital staff knows not to give your
baby supplemental formula, unless there is a medical need.
certain procedures—such as a vitamin K injection, a heel prick for a blood
test, and the use of eye medicines—so that you have more time to bond with your baby in the hours after birth.
Whether and when you'd like visitors,
including children in your family.