What questions should I ask when selecting a hospital for giving birth?
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What questions should I ask when selecting a hospital for giving birth?


When you’re in the process
of selecting a hospital where you do want to go and
deliver your baby, there are a few basic things
that we have to look into. Number one, I think it’s
important to make sure that your doctor goes
to that hospital. If you have chosen to
go to a given hospital, to a given physician,
then you want to make sure that physician has
privileges at that hospital. So that’s number one. Number two, I think
it’s important that your insurance
allows you to go to a given hospital, since
it is an expensive process. So you want to make sure that
the insurance will help you with the coverage
of your pregnancy. Then you want to see what’s
the level of care that is provided at that hospital. I think it’s
important to know what is the level of nursing care? What is the ratio of
patients to nursing care that takes place
in your hospital? I think that’s important. Also, make sure that they do
have the other physicians that are going to assist
you with your delivery, meaning we need to make
sure that anesthesia is available in the
hospital, in case you do require to have some
pain medicine during your labor or in case a cesarean
section needs to be done. And you also want to make
sure that a pediatrician– or a neonatologist,
even better– is available at your hospital
to take care of your baby after your baby is born. The other thing that
is also important is some hospitals
have limitations on how many people can be
in your room during labor. I think that giving birth is
the most beautiful experience you’re ever going to go through
in life and you have to– and you should make that
as enjoyable as possible. So finding out what is the
policy for the hospital for your friends and
family to be there, I think that that’s
very important. And finally, lactation. We start thinking about what’s
going to take place afterwards. Make sure that they do have
lactation consultants available at your hospital. I think all those things
are very, very important.

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