Public or Private hospitals

It is an important step, it's the beginning of your parental life.

Visits of the place will help you make a choice. Don't hesitate to ask questions. You can also study our comparative of different clinics and public hospitals that we've made for you.

Delivery in a private clinic

In order to deliver in clinic, the first condition is to have a 1/2 or full private health insurance. If that's not the case, a bill of around 6000.- (2 bed room and gynecologist/pediatrician honoraries not included). You can consult the websites of different clinics if you want to know more about their services.

If your gynecologist works in the clinic of your choice, he'll be probably present during your delivery, at least at the final phase.

You'll be welcomed by midwifes. They will follow you during your labor, under medical supervision. The doctor will also take active management decisions, as well as instrumentaton or cesarian ones.

He will perform delivery gestures and episiotomy (almost systematic in clinics). He will be in charge of the sewing as well.

Midwifes will take care of you and the baby after their birth. The clinics have more qualified staff, and ideal comfort, such as better nutrition, and the possibility for the father to sleep-in.

Generally, you are alone in the room, so you can enjoy an optimal comfort and tranquillity.

 Delivery in a public hospital

If you decide to deliver in a public hospital and you wish a physiologic delivery, it is important to understand the maternity's philosophy.

You can ask question about the follow-up to the staff (who is in charge, starting from which week), as well as questions about the provocations rate, mouvement liberty and positioning during labor.

It's also important to know the position of maternity on epistiomy practice, instrumentation, as well as on immediate clamping of the ombilical cord.

It's also important to know that during delivery, the number of caregivers can be large. Public hospitals are formation centers, thus, you can not be accompanied by only one person. It's the midwife that performs the delivery gestures. The doctor is in charge of instrumentation, sewing and cesarians.

You can also ask how the newborns are welcomed. Do they stay with their mother or are they sent to nursery. Who well is the father integrated in this process? Can he do the skin to skin with the baby if the mother can not? Can he sleep-in? How do the tyo first hours after delivery go? The new family's tranquillity is it respected, thus favorising bonding and nursing? What is the number of newly mothers in the room? Two or five?

Arriving at maternity the day of your childbirth, you enter a pre-established protocol. It means you have to deliver X hours after being declared in labour, and that a number of means is at the professionnals' disposal in order to accelerate the delivery process. This is called active management.

In a public hospital, the staff works from 8 to 12 hours a day. This means that depending on your delivery duration, you will meet between 6 and 30 people.

Mothers and their babys generally stay hospitalised 3 days after a low way childbirth and 5 to 6 days after a cesarian delivery. If you deliver your first child, you will leave with a pre-fixed meeting with an independant midwife. If you need more meetings, you need a mecial prescription.

During your stay at the commune division at the maternity, you will share your room with other mothers and their babys, as well as their visitors. Advices given by the professionnals are some times the same, and sometimes they contradict themselves. Generally, your pre-sentiments are right, trust in yourself.

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