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Does Hospital Pre-resgitration Matter in Labor?

By January 10, 2013

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Many hospitals offer pre-registration for labor and birth. It usually involves a basic form that asks about your name, insurance info and a bit of information about your pregnancy like your due date, midwife or doctor's name. But many people diligently turn in these forms every year only to have experiences like Mig. Mig says,

Pregnant Woman Checking in at Hospital


"I pre-registered at the hospital, brought a copy of the pre-registration, my husband was standing there with our insurance cards and all that crap, and the admittance nurse STILL wouldn't admit us until I, personally, in the throes of labor, gave her my name, address, and insurance information about a million times while she typed away with two fingers on what a swear must have been one of the original IBM desktops. She kept pointing at some poor woman moaning behind a curtain, saying, 'She's been here 3 hours already. You have time to fill out this paperwork.' It was absolute justice when my water broke all over the reception furniture and her shoes. My son was in my arms less than 2 hours later."

Did you have any issues like this surrounding registration? How did you handle it?


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January 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm
(1) EBB says:

Same thing happened to me. I completed pre-registration paperwork and even though I was given a code to “speed me through” admissions, I still had to sit in a wheelchair in front of a lady at the desk requesting insurance information, etc. while I was in the transition part of labor (right before you start pushing) having extremely strong contractions. I labored at home and wanted the hospital’s interference to be minimal.
Even though it was only 15 minutes, it shouldn’t have happened at all. I was only on the labor & delivery floor for 30 minutes before my son was delivered so those 15 minutes were really crucial to my comfort and state of mind.

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