1-Do they immediately transfer me to a maternity ward, as soon as contractions start?
No, if the birth pains are not present yet and the cervix is not open, you can stay in your room. Usually, you wait up to 2 hours before transfer
Yes, in case of any anomalies or if the labor pains have already started.
2 – Can I sit or lie down? Can I move?
Take the best possible position to endure the uterine contractions, these contractions prepare the uterus for labor. Do not hesitate to consult with a midwife, and apply what you have learned during your prenatal training.
If you have an epidural:
With epidural anesthesia take a semisitting position or lye on one of your sides. The medical staff will monitor your baby’s heartbeat and your blood pressure, as it is required. You’ll get a dropper to avoid side effects, and thus your movements will be limited.
3 – Can I eat and drink during the birth pains?
No, for the prevention of nausea and vomiting during the labor and also, in order to avoid the risk of sequelae, notably if you get the general anesthesia. Use a water-spray, if you feel thirsty.
4 – What position should I take in childbirth?
Usually, it’s the same position that you take during the gynecological examination (classical). It allows you to monitor the progress of the child and to control the heart rate during the appearance of your baby. The design of hospital beds is modern, it improves comfort for mothers-to-be with the help of a wide mattress, that allowes you to roll from one side to another. Don’t hesitate to talk to your midwife about the best position for you.
The following positions help your womb’s (uterus) muscles to work and use gravity to open your pelvis:
- On all fours, on your hands and knees.
- Leaning forward in a supported standing, kneeling, or sitting position.
- A squatting position.
- Lying on your side, or in a semi-prone position.
- A semi-sitting position.
5- Can my husband stay with me during the delibery?
Yes, why not! Nowadays a lot of fathers like to be present in delivery rooms. They provide mothers with moral support, sharing the importance of this special moment.
6 – Can I play music?
Yes, you can, so bring your favorite music.
7- Can I make phone calls?
No, because of the highly possible interference with the baby’s heartbeat recorder or the uterine contractions. But you will be able to use your phone as soon as you return to your room.
8 – What happens after my baby is born?
During the next two hours after delivery, you will be in the delivery room. A midwife or nurse will monitor your pressure, pulse, temperature, vaginal bleeding and uterine contraction.
The first contact with your baby is the most important moment, if you choose breastfeeding: early breastfeeding is a guarantee of success. Your midwife will show you different positions, teach you how to give a nipple, talk to you about breastfeeding duration, and give you plenty of other useful tips. The baby’s father can also enjoy this moment with you.
9 – When can I go back to my room?
After two hours of observation in the delivery room a dropper will be taken off and you will be transferred to the room on a stretcher or in a wheelchair. If you and your baby feel good, you will be able to take a first walk with your little muffin.
10 – Will I be able to get out of bed quickly?
In theory yes, you may get up fast enough even after the epidural anesthesia, but everything depends on the condition your legs are in. Anyways, it is better to give it a try under somebody’s surveillance. It’s recommended not to get up to 12 hours after the general anesthesia and to be under the guidance of a nurse during the first move. Do not hesitate to report any worries (headache, dizziness, nausea, etc. …)