last, the delivery day has arrived. Its time to
have your baby now. The 9 months of patient (and
sometimes impatient) waiting are coming to a conclusion.
You are soon going to be the proud mother of a
report to your Doctor / Healthcare Provider when
you ready to move out?
By now you would have
done the packing up to leave for the Hospital /
the hospital / maternity:
in the Hospital”
– What do you expect?
admission, you might be examined to confirm that
you are in “True labour”. This may be done
either by the on duty nurse or the resident, who
may then inform your Obstetrician regarding your
In some hospital, the Obstetrician may be
called down to do the first examination.
it has been established that you are in labour and need admission,you
may be asked to fill a consent form for admission and for any minor
/major procedures, if required. On admission, the following procedures
may be done on you.
Hospital clothes: You may be asked
to change in to hospital clothes or a gown
and hand over your valuables to your relatives /
Enema:You may be given a. simple warm/
enema serves two purposes:
Empties your bowels and prevents soiling your clothes
May enhance labour contractions (though not
you have passed stools just before coming to the
hospital, you can inform the nurse regarding the
same so that the enema may be avoided / postponed.
off the pubic hair is one thing that many a women
are ignorant and embarrassed about. You need not
be embarrassed at all because it is absolutely normal
shaving protocols differ in different hospitals.
believe in routine shaving for better hygiene
and ease while delivering the baby and
taking the episiotomy sutures.
people believe that the nicks / cuts sustained
during shaving may increase the incidence of
infection. To avoid this they either clip the
pubic hair or do nothing about the pubic hair.
The only other problem shaving the pubic hair has
is the extreme discomfort felt during the regrowth.
There are women who shave the pubic hair on a regular
basis and others who don’t shave / clip the pubic
hair. It is individual preference and there is no
hard and fast rule regarding the same. So whatever
the hospital protocol! You needn’t be embarrassed
I.V.line (intravenous access):
Though not done by all Obstetricians,
some do routinely put an I.V. line in all women
in labour. Others put an I.V.line only if necessary.
As for most normal deliveries it is not necessary.
The I.V.line is put either to give I.V.fluids (for
nutrition and to counter dehydration) or to give
any medications, and is usually required if you
are not taking anything by mouth.
The I.V.line, if connected to a drip restricts your
mobility. But can be disconnected if you want for
sometime. Except if some medicines are given through
an I.V. drip where you will be confirmed to your
room” or “Ward”
the woman in labour is kept in her room / ward for
most part of labour. She is shifted to the labour
ward only when she is nearing her delivery or intermittently
Some doctors prefer to place all women in labour
in the “labour ward” till post-delivery rather than
shift her later.
This will be decided by the doctor / Hospital protocols
Being in the ward is comfortable for you because
you can be with your near and dear ones. As against
this, in the labour ward only one person (usually
a female) is generally allowed to be present with
the labouring woman.If it is a large common labour
room, a female companion is preferred. If not, your
partner can accompany you. This has to be
discussed with your doctor in advance.