we're touring our hospital tonight and i've put together a list of questions to ask. was hoping y'all could look it over and tell me what i'm missing...
-how are the nurses assigned to laboring moms?
-what are the routine procedures during labor? IV or hep-lock?
-do you monitor the baby continuously or intermittently? if continuously, do you have a telemetry unit available?
-do you have a squat bar available for labor and birth?
-will baby be placed on my chest immediately after birth and allowed to stay there until breastfeeding is established?
-what are the routine procedures after birth? (follow-up questions will depend on their answers). can i opt out of some of these procedures? will baby have to leave my room for any reason? if so, can my partner accompany baby at all times?
-is delayed cord clamping allowed?
-are siblings allowed in the room during labor and birth?
-who is allowed in the room during labor and birth? is there a limit?
-are baby and partner both allowed to stay in the room with me overnight? when are siblings permitted to be in the room? any age restrictions on siblings? what are the general visiting hours?
-how soon after birth will we be able to leave?
-are lactation consultants available? how soon after the birth?
-is a birth ball provided (i have my own, so this isn’t that big a deal)? stools?
-where do we park when i’m in labor?
-if i’m planning a drug-free/intervention-free birth will i be matched with a labor nurse who is more in tune with that type of birth? how common are un-medicated births?
-do women give birth in alternative positions?
-will i be encouraged/allowed to walk the halls during labor?
-can we bring our own music? do we need to bring a cd player or speakers?
-can i eat/drink during labor?
i realize some of these questions are more appropriate for my ob. i’ve discussed most of those with him already.
i already know the hospital doesn’t have tubs (just showers), so i don’t need to ask about that.
i’m planning a vbac, so some questions will be vbac specific (and perhaps their answers will be different depending on that – i’m thinking especially regarding the intermittent vs. continuous monitoring).
should i ask questions like, “in the event of a c-section…”? i really don’t want to even go there, but i also don’t want to be unprepared. if so, what kinds of questions should i ask?
i’m already familiar with the hospitals c-section rate (pretty high) and vbac rates (pretty low). the low vbac rate may be because only one dr there will attend them (luckily, mine – although I hear that the hospital is slowly evolving and that at least two others have started to attend them as well).
it is our plan to labor at home as long as possible, but I’d like to know what I’m walking into when we arrive at the hospital.
what am i forgetting?