Having a baby seems like a simple enough thing; you get pregnant and after the nine-ten months of your pregnancy is over, you deliver the baby. However, in reality, the process and the choices involved in it are not as simple as they sound. Today more and more women are opting to embrace motherhood a little later in life and this means they have to be prepared to face the complications that may come about due to this. On the other hand, it also means that the mother-to-be is better prepared for this event emotionally and financially.
However there are certain areas that involve the delivery of your baby, that you may have doubts about.
Here Are Some Faqs About These And The Answers To Them:
What are my options with regard to pain control? When it comes to controlling labor pains there are many options. You can adopt them one or more depending on what level of labor you are in. You could try:
- Keep practicing techniques for breathing
- Take a relaxing shower or sit in the tub or indulge in a Jacuzzi
- Have pain reliever
- Get a spinal block or an epidural
You could also talk to the doctor about the options open to you.
When is a C-section required and what are the rates that are charged by the facility for women who are becoming moms for the first time? You can discuss this with your healthcare professional and find out what situations would warrant a C-section. Find and compare rates from one or two facilities. In case you have given birth earlier by C-section, you could also check if it possible to have a vaginal birth this time. It is called VBAC and this is not supported by all healthcare facilities.
When is an episiotomy done? An episiotomy is the cut that the delivering healthcare professional does to the place between the anus and vagina during the delivery process. Some doctors will do it for all births but the American college of Obstetrics and Gynecology advises this only for emergencies on a regular basis. Do discuss this with your healthcare professional.
Will I be allowed to move during labor in a free manner? Find out, if your healthcare facility will allow you to move during the labor process and whether you can choose the position for delivery as per your choice. There are many options like giving birth in water or using a special chair for birthing, squat bars and more.
Is the room for labor and delivery different from the one I will be moved to? Some health centers have separate rooms for labor and deliver and for recovery. You also need to ask them when they will be allowed to go home after childbirth.
Is it possible for friends and family to be there during delivery? Many facilities would like to limit the number of people who can be part of the delivery.
Is my partner allowed to take video or pictures during delivery? Not all health care centers allow this in the delivery room.
Will I be in a position to breastfeed my baby at once? As long as healthy baby is delivered and the essential tests excepting the Apgar can be delayed for an hour. Also find out if help is available in this regard. Also find out what is the best way to go about breastfeeding.
What are the steps take in case of emergency? This will differ as per the policies of the facility you are based in. The emergency care maybe very nearby or in case it is far off, the facility may have a different policy. But it is better to check the arrangements so that all concerned are prepared to deal with it.
Is it possible for the baby to stay in your room? In case the baby is allowed to stay with your around the clock, you will find that you will learn all the nuances of breastfeeding better. You will bond with the baby and be in a position to take care of it well. Check if things like checking the baby’s weight and other tests can be done in your room or if the baby is going to be taken elsewhere. Also find out if your partner can get to sleep in the same room. It will help both of you and your partner work in tandem to take care of the baby. You will also be able to feed the baby as and when needed as small infants do not follow a schedule.
Asking these questions before your delivery and discussing things with your healthcare facility and your doctor or midwife will allow you to be better prepared for the whole process.