Pregnant mother is often under stress due to so many queries – Is baby healthy or not? What precautions should she take to ensure her safety and fetal wellbeing? What if she develops any complications during the period of gestation? Whether she would deliver normally or may need cesarean delivery? How will she handle if in case of emergency, the concerned Obstetrician is not available or cannot be contacted? etc….
The first step to safeguard the pregnancy begins with pre-conception preparation. It is always better to consult the doctor prior to conception and undergo necessary investigations, if required. And for that, it is equally important to select your “Doctor Right” from the beginning.
Few suggestions that can help you choosing your Doctor-
While choosing your doctor, kindly focus on their training, qualification, knowledge about subject, experience of handling complications associated with pregnancy and birthing, their inclination towards normal delivery or cesarean section, availability and response of doctor or their team members in case of emergency etc.
Many times we get mesmerized by the long queue in doctors’ chamber and fail to consider the fact that availability of doctor and the time they spend with their patients is equally important.
Consider whether your doctor is more inclined towards cesarean delivery due to lack of time?
The nursing home that you choose for your birthing must be near to your house, easily accessible, clean, and well equipped with trained, cordial staff and all necessary modern equipments.
The nursing home must be well equipped with the facilities of Pain-less labor, operative delivery like vacuum & forceps and in case of emergency cesarean delivery if needed.
It is the responsibility of the doctor and its team to spend sufficient time with the pregnant mother to explain in details the dos and don’ts of pregnancy, antenatal care, birthing and child care as and when required.
In case of emergency, the concerned doctor should be comfortable to seek the help of other experts. It is team work.
You should also try to contact some of the patients who were treated by the doctor in past to endorse your selection of doctor and hospital.
The staff and subordinates at nursing home can sometime guide us about the quality of services, but, it would be foolish to completely rely on them.
The husband’s presence in the labor room should be discussed.
The presence of Pediatrician during birthing and the availability of NICU if need occurs, should be discussed.
The details of nearest Blood bank should be noted, so that in case of emergency there is no problem.
The contact details of care taker who would be taking the responsibility in case of the absence of concerned doctor should also be noted in advance.
Kindly discuss with your doctor about probable expenses during pregnancy and birthing, insurance related issues, stem cell preservation etc.
Always keep some emergency funds in addition to your routine financial calculation of overall expenses related to pregnancy, birthing and child care.
The contact details of the person accountable, who would rush to the hospital with you, in case your husband or care takers are not available, should also be decided well in time.
The contact details of doctor, hospital, nearest ambulance and all care takers should be written in bold at a location easily seen.
As soon as your labor pain begins or you leak, kindly inform your doctor well in time before you leave for maternity home. Please refrain yourself from consuming any eatables, until you visit your doctor, since in case emergency cesarean section is required for any indication, your doctor is comfortable from anesthesia & surgical point of view. Also, the labor pain may lead to vomiting due to Vagus nerve stimulation. Hence, full stomach cause discomfort.
The information is shared to create awareness towards Pregnancy and Childcare to reduce maternal and child deaths. Atmost care has been taken by the author to include the verified information from authentic sources. However, kindly discuss the same with your health care provider before implementation.