==Preparation for the hospital==
# It would be ideal to: pay a taxi company prior to Shabbos,<ref>Sefer Yad L'Yoledes 4:1b</ref> or prepare the money (plus tip)<ref>Kovetz Ohr Hashabbos 8</ref> in an envelope beforehand (this is advisable as if one gives a very large bill it is prohibited to accept change back from the driver on Shabbos)<ref>Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 32:55</ref># If it is difficult a woman who in the ninth month of her pregnancy does not need to arrange to stay close to the hospital for Shabbat in order to avoid traveling on Shabbat. <ref>Sefer Yad L'Yoledes 4:1f, Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 36:6</ref>
==Transportation to hospital==
# It is halachically preferable to have a non-Jew drive to the hospital. <ref>Be'er Moshe 6:51</ref>
## if she is on the birthing table <ref>Rabbi Heshy Kahn (What's Doing, Greater Connecticut, 3/3/11) </ref>
==Post partum halachic leniencies ==
# For the first 7 days following the delivery of the placenta she is considered a ''choleh sha'yaish bo sakana<ref>Shabbos 129a, S.A. 330:4</ref>'' (dangerously ill). In days 1-3 post partum, if she<ref>M.B. 330:14</ref> or her doctor<ref>Bach 330:7</ref> feels that desecrating the Shabbat is not necessary, anyone may violate Shabbat (despite her wishes not to) if they even think she might be in danger. The laws of days 4-7 are more stringent, in that if she feels there is no need to desecrate the shabbos, then one may not do so for her, providing that the doctor agrees with her. From day eight and on she has the status of ''choleh sha'ein bo sakana ''and my only ask a non-Jew to do anything that she needs.<ref>S.A. 328:17</ref>
# Special thanks to Rabbi Heshy Kahn for this article.