How to find the right woman and child Hospital
September 22, 2020
Pregnancy should be one of the best times of a woman’s life. Good perinatal care ensures that your pregnancy is healthy and childbirth normal, but how do you find a good woman and child hospital that will hand-hold you through your pregnancy?
Here are a few thigs you should consider before choosing your maternity hospital.
Clinical excellence in obstetrics
Look for a hospital that has expertise in obstetrics and gynaecology. Check to see if there are expert anaesthesiologists available in case you require c-section delivery. If the nurses are well trained, patient oriented and compassionate, it will make your entire stay in the facility comfortable.
Antenatal classes or prenatal classes prepare you for your birthing by teaching you coping mechanisms such as breathing technique and strengthening methods such as pelvic floor exercises. They will prepare you for labour and birth. You will learn to differentiate between true labour and false pain, and identify when to go to a hospital. They also teach you how to care for and breastfeed your newborn. A hospital with a good antenatal class will make your pregnancy immensely peaceful and healthy.
High-risk pregnancy care
If you are healthy and have no chronic illness, then you have a good chance of having a normal healthy pregnancy, but sometimes, a pregnancy can start off as a normal one and develop complications as it progresses to become a high-risk pregnancy. So, it is always better to choose a maternity hospital that also provides excellent care for high-risk pregnancies. If the hospital also offers foetal medicine, then it can keep your foetus healthy.
Birthing options available
There are many delivery options available today and you may have certain preferences. Certain methods may be suitable for you, while others may not. You will need expert guidance to select the method that is best suited for you. Traditional as well as modern birthing options such as water birth are available today. Check with the hospital to see what they offer.
If you wish to opt for pain relief during labour, check with the hospital on what methods of pain relief are offered; whether you can get pain relief medications or opt for natural methods of pain relief.
Babies require special care, but pre-term babies need extra care and additional facilities and equipment, including incubator. Experienced neonatologists and special care nurses are also required to care for their nutrition, medication and developmental needs. A hospital which has all this and promotes baby friendly practices including breastfeeding will be the best start for your baby.
In the period immediately after your childbirth, you will be in a fragile condition both physically and emotionally. You will need supportive care in a friendly environment. Food, help, care and ambience during this period will ease you into motherhood without any worries. Excellent postpartum care will decide how you view your birthing, your baby and your future.
Breastfeeding is a natural phenomenon. Breast milk is the best food for your baby. A certified baby friendly hospital will help you establish the habit of breastfeeding. Every woman does not naturally slip into breastfeeding habit. If you have trouble feeding your baby initially, the hospital must support you and teach you the correct method of breastfeeding so that your baby gest the best food for optimum growth and development.
These are the important points to remember when you choose a maternity hospital. Rela institute offers all these and more for your well-being and your baby’s health. If you require any additional information, please feel free to contact us anytime.