When and How to Look for the Best Hospital before Giving Birth

Choosing the Most Suitable Hospital

Choosing the right hospital for your pregnancy is important. The hospital is responsible for you and your fetus’ health, as well as the smooth delivery of your baby. Knowing the pros and cons of each type of hospital would then allow you to make the most suitable choice that caters to your needs.

Points to Note when Choosing a Hospital for Your Labor

Consider Your Health Status

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If you are suffering from issues such as infertility, gestosis, having too much or too little amniotic fluid, or expecting twins, it is highly advisable to opt for a better-equipped general hospital or gynecology hospital.

Distance from Your Home

Bear in mind that during the 10-month period of your pregnancy, you will be required to have a checkup at least once or twice monthly. This may be a daunting task if the hospital you chose is located far away and would pose extreme inconvenience in the case of an emergency.

Choosing a Trustable Doctor

Choosing a trustable doctor for your pregnancy is one of the most crucial factors to consider. Seek a recommendation for a responsible and trustable doctor from other women who have given birth in the recent years.

Cost

The costs for examinations and delivery vary from one hospital to the other. This may be due to varying equipment cost, doctors’ experience, and other factors. Evaluate your own financial situations, list out the different hospitals and compare their charges before making your choice.

Professional Attitude or Environment

According to the past experiences of many pregnant women, it is important to have an idea of the hospital’s professional attitude, atmosphere and experience before making your choice. Be aware of the safety and noise levels of the treatment rooms, wards and environment.

Try not to Switch between Clinics

Always try to stick with the same clinic throughout the entire pregnancy. In a situation where you need to change to a different clinic, remember to bring along all your medical records from the previous clinic to the new one.

General Hospitals

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ADVANTAGE: The main advantage of General Hospitals is their excellent capacity for crisis management. Besides gynecology, there are various departments in general hospitals. In the situation where there is a difficulty during birth and require immediate medical attention from other department, aid will be swiftly administered. For example, if a situation such as the baby being entangled in the umbilical cord or severe bleeding, other surgeries or blood transfusion may be required immediately. In addition, a general hospital is well-equipped to deal with deformities, premature births or newborns suffering from critical conditions. Therefore, it is best to deliver in a general hospital in case emergency circumstances as such arise.

SHORTCOMINGS: Shortcomings of opting for a general hospital lies with the long waiting time and the insufficient postnatal care. Due to the sheer number of patients, waiting time ranging from 1-2 hours is a common phenomenon. Having a proper discussion with the doctor may be challenging, as there will be another 2-3 other expecting women in the same treatment room and prices are usually steeper. If you choose a well-known doctor in the hospital, the cost may be exorbitant and wait time may be even longer. The doctor may not be able to dedicate sufficient time to tend to your needs or pay as much attention to situations such as postpartum pain. Finally, hospitals may not have enough wards to cater to all its patients suffering from a variety of health issues so post-delivery women may be transferred to a less-equipped ward.

Choosing which hospital you will have your checkup differs from one pregnant woman to the other, depending on a lot of factors and needs. The main goal is to have a successful pregnancy and to give birth to your child without complications.

Sandra Henderson
 

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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