Giving birth in our Hospital
You may feel safer and happier giving birth in hospital.
The advantage of already being in hospital is that you will have immediate access to specialist care if you need it. The same is true for your baby. the hospital is better equipped for all eventualities. In hospital you can have all types of pain relief. Until you’re in labour it’s difficult to know you will cope with labour pain. If you want the option to have an epidural, you will need to have your baby in hospital, as you need an anaesthetist to administer it. Another advantage of having your baby in hospital is that you can stay for a while, giving you a chance to recover from the birth. Nurses are also on hand to help you get started with breastfeeding your baby. They can give advice about bathing your baby, and caring for her umbilical stump.
Types of Delivery
Most babies are born in a vaginal delivery. But in some cases, other types of delivery occur by choice or because of an emergency.
During labor, the uterus contracts regularly to thin and open (efface and dilate) the cervix and push the baby out through the birth canal. It can take many hours or days for the cervix to open all the way so you can begin pushing.
A cesarean section is the delivery of a baby through a cut (incision) in the mother's belly and uterus. It is often called a C-section. In most cases, a woman can be awake during the birth and be with her newborn soon afterward.
A C-section may be planned or unplanned. In most cases, doctors do cesarean sections because of problems that arise during labor. For more information, see the topic Cesarean Section.
Vaginal birth after cesarean
In the past, a woman who had one C-section delivery had to have all of her other babies by C-section. But depending on the reason for your first C-section and the type of incision that was made, you may be able to deliver your next baby vaginally.
Procedures done during labor
Fetal heart monitoring and vaginal exams are standard practice during labor, but other procedures are used as needed.
- Electronic fetal heart monitoring may be either continuous for a high-risk delivery or periodic to check for signs that the baby might be in distress.
- You will have sterile vaginal exams to check whether your cervix is thinning and opening (effacing and dilating).
- Labor induction and augmentation includes a simple "sweeping of the membranes" just inside of the cervix, rupturing the amniotic sac, using medicine to soften (ripen) the cervix, and using medicine to stimulate contractions. This may be needed if your baby is overdue (post-term pregnancy).
- Antibiotics if you tested positive for group B strep during your pregnancy
During the first hour after the birth, you can also expect to start breast-feeding, if you plan to breast-feed.
If you breast-feed, don't be surprised if you and your baby have some trouble doing it at first. Breast-feeding is a learned technique, so you will get better at it with practice