Did you just confirm your pregnancy? Or have you crossed your first trimester already? We know exactly what’s on your mind right now and yes, it isn’t difficult to figure out that delivery is the most important part of a pregnancy. To ensure everything goes right at this very crucial moment, we are here to help you out with the decision of how to choose the right hospital to deliver your little one.
Choosing the right hospital for delivery is very important for you don’t want any last minute glitches that might put you and your baby in any kind of danger. Hence, we have 5 extremely important factors that you must keep in mind when opting for a hospital.
1. Check if the hospital has a well-equipped maternity care
If your pregnancy is going smooth at the moment, it’s a good thing, but you never know when you might face a complication. It is important for you to know if the hospital that you’re going to choose for your delivery is well-equipped for such a situation. Enquire in advance if they have an operation theatre (OT) that works 24 hours and a blood bank with enough supplies. Check if they have equipment such as incubators and an ICU, in case your baby requires it after birth.
A well-equipped facility becomes very important in case of preterm labour.
2. Check for facilities for C-section and VBAC
This is for women who are going to deliver their second child. VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) or TOLAC (trial of labour after caesarean) is, as the name suggests, an attempt for natural birth if you opted for a C-section the first time. VBAC is generally risky business and not many doctors allow it or take upon the responsibility to perform the delivery, as it involves multiple risks.
You cannot opt for VBAC in case you have faced a uterine rupture in your first c-section or if you’ve crossed the age of 30. The reasons vary drastically and a lot of doctors suggest you not to take it up, even though it’s absolutely safe in some situations. We suggest you have a word with you gynaecologist right now and see if it’s possible for vaginal birth this time in case you really want it.
3. If the hospital provides pre-delivery information and demonstration
Here, we are talking about preparatory sessions in hospitals that help prepare you for the delivery. In case you’re anxious or nervous about going through the process, you have live demonstration classes that teach you everything step by step. You’re given all the required information through these classes and brochures that cover all the points you need to know.
Such sessions give you an opportunity to have a personal interaction with your gynaecologists to clear any doubts.
4. Is the hospital close to your house?
You might go into labour anytime, so we suggest you pick a hospital that isn’t too far away from your home if you live in a city with bad traffic and chaos. In case you have chosen a hospital that is a little far, we suggest you shift to a place closer to it, so you can travel faster in case it’s an emergency.
5. Does the hospital provide adequate help for postpartum depression
Postpartum depression is a common state of mind among new mommies and hospitals today make sure they have good psychotherapists to take care of new mothers going through this with therapy and medication. Speak to your gynaecologist and see if they have a provision for it.