Three Simple Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Delivery Day
Having a baby is one of the most important events in your life. More than likely, you are brimming with excitement and anticipation. Getting information, having conversations with your doctor, and creating a birth plan can help you prepare for a safe delivery and relieve stress or anxiety that you may have when delivery day arrives. You will want to be sure that you and your doctor are on the same page as far as the birth goes. You will probably have many questions. Before you give birth to your child, be sure that you ask your doctor at least the three following questions.
1. Who Will Deliver My Baby?
Do you know who is responsible for delivering your baby? This may seem like an odd question to many expectant parents, but babies don’t always arrive on schedule and sometimes complications or emergencies happen. There is no guarantee that the doctor you’ve been seeing during your pregnancy will be in the room with you during the delivery. During your normal visits, ask your OB/GYN if he or she will be physically present when you go into labor. Ask questions about what will happen if your doctor is not available or if there is a complication or emergency – what doctor will be responsible for delivering your baby? These simple questions can prevent a significant amount of confusion or stress when the time to give birth arrives.
2. Where Will I Give Birth?
Ask your OB/GYN which hospital he or she prefers. Many doctors can deliver babies at multiple hospitals, and some of these hospitals may be better for delivering babies than others. Some hospitals provide private recovery rooms while others expect mothers to share their space after giving birth. Others may have experience delivering a larger number of babies each year, may be cleaner, may have a better reputation for skilled deliveries. Another very important consideration is whether the hospital has a specialized nursery called a NICU – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – in the event that there are complications and the baby requires specialized care after birth. Ask your doctor for his or her opinion about the best delivering hospital for you.
3. What Happens When I Go Into Labor?
Have you and your doctor discussed a birth plan? If you have not, you should talk about what will happen when you go into labor. Some mothers prefer to receive medications, including an epidural or other types of medications for pain management. There are also medications used to induce or augment labor, including Pitocin or Cytotec. Some mothers prefer a natural, medication-free childbirth. When discussing your birth plan, be sure that you know the names of the medications you will or may be given. If you want to have your child naturally, be sure that your physician and any other medical professional who will be present on labor day understand your wishes. Talk about the potential for medications and for cesarean section delivery in the event that complications arise or an operative delivery becomes necessary to protect your baby.
Birth Injury Safety Can Assist You
We hope every baby is born safely. At Birth Injury Safety, we devote our time and resources to providing information to help parents know what to expect and how to advocate for a safe delivery. If the unthinkable happens and your baby suffers a birth injury before, during, or after birth, we are available to answer your questions and help you determine if your child’s birth injury could have and should have been prevented.
Call (214) 974-4121 or email Laura Brown at Brown@TrialFirm.com for a free consultation.