by Anai Rhoads
If you feel strongly about delivering at one particular hospital, then you will have to select a doctor who is affiliated with that particular institution. The OB/GYN department can provide you with a list of doctors for you to select from.
In addition to visiting the hospital yourself, it is important to know that hospital's general procedures. The following is a list of questions you may need to ask:
- Can I bring my own labour support? (i.e. Doula)
- Will my husband and or family be allowed in the delivery room?
- If I chose a drug-free birth, will my request be honoured?
- How much does a vaginal delivery cost?
- How much will a c-section cost?
- I have had a previous c-section performed, will I be allowed to deliver vaginally?
- Will I be permitted to walk the halls during labour?
- Are all maternity patients put on an electronic fetal monitor (EFM)?
- Does this hospital have mandatory prepping procedures? (ie shaving pubic area before birth)
Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.
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