You are about to give birth and want to prepare yourself for the arrival of your baby. Get our team's support to have the best possible treatment!
In order to take care of your baby's health and your own, our gynecologists at Turó Park Medical Center will accompany you throughout your pregnancy so that you can prepare for your baby's arrival with complete peace of mind.
In particular, the last few months before your delivery require support, and you can rely on our team to help you prepare for the birth and your return home with your baby.
What is involved in preparation for childbirth?
In the last months of pregnancy, it is important to be well informed about everything that concerns the birth itself, but also the postpartum and the return home. It is important to prepare yourself physically and psychologically to face this unique event with calm and control.
That is why our team of gynecologists and obstetricians focus on your preparation for your delivery by providing you with information, advice, and care so that you have all the keys in hand to make this moment a joyful and unforgettable memory.
More precisely, they take the time to :
- Explain to you the process of pregnancy, childbirth and everything that concerns the aftermath of childbirth.
- Show you breathing exercises that will help you relieve pain and relax during pregnancy and childbirth.
- Explain the role of each member of the medical team and the delivery process.
- Explain to you the different delivery methods, positions and methods of pain management and anesthesia.
- Talk to you about caring for your child from the moment of birth.
- Give you advice on how to prepare for your return home with your baby.
When should you start preparing?
Childbirth preparation is generally recommended from the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, but of course you can start learning as early as the first trimester.
Childbirth preparation courses offered by the Social Security or maternity hospitals are usually held over 3 to 5 sessions, and begin at the beginning of the third trimester.
However, we recommend that future mothers do not limit themselves to "classic" childbirth preparation classes and that they look for the method that suits them best: prenatal yoga, haptonomy, sophrology, aquagym, prenatal singing...
Questions to ask before you give birth
On the whole, Catalan maternity hospitals offer a good level of care, so it can be difficult to choose one.
To help you make the best choice for your delivery, we advise you to define the list of criteria important to you:
- Ability to be accompanied during all stages of delivery
- Choice of birthing position
- Use of a tub for dilation
- Rate of cesarean sections or episiotomies
- Safe delivery
- Presence of specific infrastructure for premature infants
As part of your preparation for childbirth, we recommend that you establish your birth plan, i.e. a list of your desires concerning the birth.
There is no right or wrong way to create a birth plan. Some birth plans describe only the basics, while others are extremely detailed.
Some of the most commonly detailed items include:
- The desire for every action to be clearly explained
- The desire to be able to eat and drink throughout
- The desire to personalize the atmosphere of the birth room (music, light, etc.)
- The desired birthing posture
- The type of anesthesia envisaged (or the absence of anesthesia)
- Refusal or the use of specific medical instruments
- The desire to do skin-to-skin immediately
- And many other things!
Before you give birth, it is also a good idea to find out if you want to breastfeed or not.
Every woman is different, and the question of whether or not to breastfeed may seem like a no-brainer to some, while others may need some guidance to make an informed decision.
And after the delivery?
After your delivery, you will be accompanied throughout with support in the first care of your child, and in particular the hygiene of the cord or the start of breast feeding. We will also explain to you the appointments you will need to make with the pediatrician.
You will also be able to discuss with your gynecologist the aftermath of childbirth, lochia, the care of your scar in case of cesarean section or episiotomy, but also the contraception to be put in place and your perineal and abdominal rehabilitation. Our team of therapists is at your disposal if you feel baby blues or postpartum depression.
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