My Doctor & Hospital
Choosing a place to give birth is one of the main concerns of an expecting mother-to-be. Is it safe? Are they equipped to handle an emergency? All these questions and many others will need to be asked before deciding on the right place for you to give birth. Below are some guides that could assist you in making your decision.
Guide to help you make a decision.
|Type of Facility||Pros||Cons|
|Public Hospital: State funded||
Additional services offered: Postnatal education, pregnancy exercise classes, and interpreters.
|Private Hospital: Patient-funded||
|Maternity Clinics /Birthing Centres (Home-like environment)||
- Ask around – Word-of-mouth is a GOOD way to gauge the performance of a hospital.
- Do research – Search through the Internet, magazines, brochures, articles or even make site visits to find out more about the facilities, equipment and postnatal services and other services that the hospital/medical centre has.
- Try to choose a hospital/medical centre that is close to your house. Convenient for visitation during pregnancy, fast and easy access when rushing for delivery and is convenient for post delivery care and medical treatment.
Making a Birth Plan & Delivery Options
A birth plan is a guide for both you and your caregivers during the labour process. It is very important that you discuss your birth plan with your health professional prior to the birth. It enables better management and engagement during childbirth according to your preference and expectations. Some of the things that you could list down in a birth plan are:
|Type of Delivery Option||Delivery Position|
|Vaginal Delivery||Normal Vaginal Birth
Sitting Down Position
Other options that you should consider in your birth plan would include:
|1.||Pain Relief||You can ask for pain relief drugs if need be. Consult with your doctor first.|
|2.||Induced Labour||Will be administered on special cases with complications or if the delivery has not begun after your due date. Your doctor will advise you accordingly as to how long after your due date induction will need to take place.|
|3.||Aromatherapy||A natural pain relief method through scented aromatherapy. Not many hospitals allow this practise. Consult health practitioner prior to using.|
|4.||Shaving||Used to be common practise believed to reduce the possibility of infection. However, it is not routinely practised any more unless you are required to do have a C-Section).|
|5.||Enemas||Not recommended as there is no evidence that it is necessary.|
|7.||Episiotomy||A surgical enlargement of the vagina opening during labour (a cut between the vagina and anus). Meant to reduce risk of pelvic tissue tear and ease childbirth. The use of an episiotomy is not routine and based on judgement of midwives/doctors at the time of the birth.|