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How to choose the right birthing hospital

May 06, 2018

How to choose the right birthing hospital

We are pleased to feature a guest post from the founder of Singapore's premier baby planner and maternity concierge, The Chill Mom, Michelle Hon! Michelle is a mother of 2, writer and founder of The Chill Mom Baby Planner & Maternity Concierge. A certified early childhood educator and carer, she has helped many successful professional women manage the arrival of their babies. Michelle has been featured on The Asian Entrepreneur and Harper’s Bazaar Kids. Besides being a contributing editor at The New Asian Parents, Michelle shares her motherhood tips and experience on her website at The Chill Mom !  

Michelle Hon shares her expert tips on what to look for during hospitals tours and how to make your birthing process as comfortable as possible...  

What to Look for During Hospital Tours?  If you’re expecting a baby, there’s no doubt that you have a to-do list of about a hundred items. There’s so much to do in preparation for a new addition to the family, some smaller matters might be overlooked. One of the things that might not seem as important amidst all the other plans, but you should still try to do, is doing a hospital tour. A hospital tour will help you get acquainted with the place and people who will be around when you have your baby. And, considering birth is one of the most important parts of your life, it’s important that you’re comfortable with your surroundings.  

Here are a few things you should look for during your hospital tour.

The Entrance This may seem trivial, but when you’re in between contractions, even the simplest tasks will seem overwhelming. When you go to the hospital, mark where the entrance is and take note of where you’ll need to sign in. Your spouse should also look for where the car can be parked and how to get from the parking garage to the entrance. These little details will make the labor process go smoother.

The Different Rooms Depending on what your birthing plan is, you’ll want to check out what room or rooms you’ll be in during the labour. If there aren’t any rooms open to be viewed, find out when you can come back to take a look. Check out the natural birth rooms and C-Section rooms, if they don’t offer combination rooms. Is there a waiting room if the all the labour rooms are full? If you are considering water birth, have a look at the tub and the surrounding area too. Also ask to see a recovery room or the ward. If you can, ask to see what private suites look like. You might find these more comfortable, and it may be worth the cost for you to get your own room, especially if you don’t like the looks of the shared rooms.

The Nursery and NICU While you probably won’t be allowed inside the nursery and you definitely won’t be allowed in the NICU, ask to take a little peek into the windows. While it’s important to know where you’ll be going before and after you give birth, it’s twice as important to know where your baby will be headed. Also, it will be reassuring for your partner to know how to get there from the birthing suites.  

How Hectic the Department Is If everyone on the floor looks to be overworked or stressed, you might want to reconsider where you’re giving birth. It’s normal for a maternity ward to have moments of high traffic or for a few nurses and staff to look stressed or irritable. But if it’s everyone in the department, that might be a warning sign. You’re already going to be stressed when you arrive to give birth, you don’t want your environment to cause more stress.  

The Cleanliness of the Area You might want to do this discreetly, but how clean the maternity ward is can definitely attest to how well it’s taken care of. Look at corners to see if there’s dirt built up there. Check out linens, if you can, to see if there are any stains. Go to the bathrooms and check for cleanliness, especially if there’s grout on around the sinks or in the floor. This is a breeding place for bacteria. The hospital won’t be perfect, but you want to feel comfortable that you and your little one won’t be coming home with more germs than when you left.  

Ask to Meet the Head Nurse You probably already know who your doctor will be, but, to be honest, you’ll be spending more time with the nurses. Ask to speak with the head nurse if he or she is available. If they have time, ask questions and get more information on their procedures. While nurses do change from shift to shift, if you get a different nurse when you arrive, you’ll at least be able to say “the head nurse, so and so, said this when I was here”. That will definitely let people know you’ve done your research.   While these aren’t exactly things to look for, these are things you’ll want to find out while you’re doing your hospital tour. Knowing the answers to these questions beforehand will result in an overall smoother birthing process.

  • What are the breastfeeding policies and procedures?
  • Do they have breastfeeding support?
  • What electronics are allowed where and at what times?
  • What are the visiting hours?
  • Is there a place for the partner to rest or sleep?
  • What is the booking process for private rooms?
  • Where will the baby be examined?
  • What’s the C-section process?
  • After a C-section, is the baby taken away?
  • How many people are allowed in the birthing room? In the overnight room?
  • Are there any policies on food?
  • At any point during the birthing process is the partner asked to leave? If so, why?
  • How comprehensive is the NICU?
  • How many nurses are on duty at any given time?

A hospital tour before you give birth is the perfect way to be sure you’re confident and comfortable with the birthing process. There still may be a few surprises, but if you have a general idea of what to expect, you’ll feel less stress. And the calmer you are, the better it is for your baby.  

Taken from an excerpt of Michelle’s upcoming book – The Chill Mom: Secrets To A Happy Pregnancy and Confident Motherhood. Find out more about Michelle at www.thechillmom.com Facebook : The Chill Mom >> Twitter : @thechillmom >> Pinterest : The Chill Mom >>

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