We've got our tour of the hospital at 8pm and as this is our first we're not quite sure what we should be finding out (apart from where we turn up to on the day!)
So far I've got:
- How often is the birth pool in use? Is it likely to be already occupied?
- Are all the labour rooms en-suite?
- Can the lights be dimmed?
- Is there a CD player for my music? If not, can I bring my own?
- Do all the rooms have birth balls/stools/mat/beanbag? If not I will bring my own ball.
- What security is in place on post-natal to protect my baby? Ankle tags?
- What is the discharge policy? If I have baby in the late afternoon will there be anyone around to discharge us in the evening?
im glad you asked about this, im having my tour on sunday and tbh hadnt even really thought about what questions to ask but sounds like u got them covered and have some good ones there alot of those have already been answered for me as my midwife works in the hospital i will be giving birth in so she knows what the facilitys are etc but il be asking about the security side of things with ankle tags and also about being discharged there good ones to ask about hope you enjoy your tour! x
I will definitely be asking what there policy is on how long they "let" you push for. Some places have a 2 hour limit (I think my hospital is one of them) and then they start trying to talk you into intervention.
No they don't. The JR in Oxford stopped doing tours just before my son was born (nearly 3 years ago now). The only way you can see the facilities is by a video tour. I think all the midwife-led units do tours though.
One of the bits of information I do remember was how the Gas and Air works, whether they use a mask or a tube to breathe it in, and they also explained about the pain relief options which are available and what happens if you need an epidural or other intervention, what your partner will need to do etc.
Might also be worth asking how long you can stay in the delivery room for and can you have a shower while your partner looks after baby in delivery room. I was under pressure to move out the room onto the wards but they weren't allowed to move me until he had fed. He wouldn't latch on so they gave him formula which I wasn't happy about!
weather you'll be likely to stay in the same room you give birth in or be moved to a post natal ward?
my hospital you stay in the same room for 6 hours afterwards but if they are busy and you want/need to be in longer they move you to post natal.
How about how many ladies there are per midwife? It lets you know how much attention you'll be getting. Oh, and whether student midwives are likely to be present (if so then see if you can get one - they're keen and often more up to date than the others!!)
Not sure if you're going midwife led or consultant led, but I went midwife led with my dd and looked all round and it was great. then in labour i was transferred to the consultant part, which I had not looked around doh! so afterwards I didn't know where I was in the hospital even, let alone where everything was like the toilets, change of sheets, midwife office in the middle of the night etc. i was on a ward so was completely unprepared as i thought I would be in the nice cosy midwife led room! So I would say look around EVERYTHING that you can, just to familiarise yourself. Good luck!
How soon they will move you out of a delivery room onto the ward (as soon as I have had a shower, I get moved), if you need to bring your own towls, milk etc. Visiting times for spouses.
I was very dissapointed with the security at mine, when I was waiting to go round on the tour a family came out and luckily were fussing with the car seat and coats in reception for a bit. A nurse then came down and said the ankle tag had been left on!
As soon as I can I am getting out of there.
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