One thing that has helped me prepare for labor and birth this time around is creating a pregnancy and birth binder. I'm including quite a few things that in previous births have been scattered around in various books and places. Organizing them all together helps me feel like I know where I am in the process of preparation.
Here are the things I'm including in my birth binder. I'll be posting about a few of these things in greater detail in the coming weeks.
Birth Supplies - things to have on hand, at midwife request or personal preference
Prenatal Records - my copy
Spinningbabies.com belly maps - for recording the position of the babyLabor To-Do - things to get out or prepare for birth, things to do in early labor.
Helps for Labor - suggestions on coping techniques that I think may be especially helpful, reminders
Hospital Transfer Plan, including directions, maps, and phone numbers
Birth Plan Preferences - specifically for transfer
Post-Labor preferences for home
This list may grow, but it's a place for me to organize my thoughts, and have those thoughts in written form for Jude and my birth team to reference, if needed.