Choosing Your Hospital for Labor & Delivery

VIKAS SACHAR

Posted on October 12 2017

You​ ​have​ ​many​ ​decisions​ ​to​ ​make​ ​during​ ​your​ ​pregnancy:​ ​​ ​choosing​ ​your​ ​doctor, choosing​ ​your​ ​baby​ ​name,​ ​and​ ​of​ ​course​ ​choosing​ ​your​ ​hospital.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​quite​ ​common that​ ​your​ ​physician​ ​may​ ​deliver​ ​at​ ​different​ ​hospitals.​ ​​ ​You​ ​should​ ​find​ ​out​ ​if​ ​they​ ​have admitting​ ​privileges​ ​at​ ​other​ ​hospitals​ ​and​ ​assess​ ​all​ ​of​ ​your​ ​options.  Quite​ ​often,​ ​patients​ ​want​ ​to​ ​deliver​ ​at​ ​a​ ​particular​ ​hospital​ ​because​ ​of​ ​convenient location,​ ​a​ ​NICU,​ ​or​ ​personal​ ​preference.​ ​​ ​Insurance​ ​plans​ ​often​ ​have​ ​defined​ ​plans with​ ​which​ ​hospital​ ​they​ ​are​ ​contracted;​ ​check​ ​with​ ​your​ ​insurance​ ​plan​ ​early​ ​in​ ​your pregnancy​ ​to​ ​see​ ​which​ ​hospitals​ ​you​ ​are​ ​restricted​ ​to,​ ​if​ ​any.  If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​set​ ​on​ ​a​ ​particular​ ​hospital,​ ​then​ ​call​ ​your​ ​insurance​ ​company​ ​for​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of doctors​ ​that​ ​are​ ​in​ ​your​ ​plan​ ​that​ ​deliver​ ​at​ ​that​ ​particular​ ​hospital.​ ​​ ​Although​ ​these decisions​ ​seem​ ​trivial,​ ​find​ ​out​ ​early​ ​about​ ​these​ ​details,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​will​ ​affect​ ​you​ ​later. 
Labor​ ​and​ ​Delivery
Some​ ​hospitals​ ​have​ ​Labor​ ​and​ ​Delivery​ ​Recovery​ ​and​ ​Postpartum​ ​suites,​ ​or​ ​LDRP. These​ ​are​ ​the​ ​most​ ​convenient​ ​for​ ​the​ ​patient​ ​and​ ​the​ ​family.​ ​​ ​You​ ​labor​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same
room​ ​that​ ​you​ ​deliver​ ​in,​ ​then​ ​you​ ​stay​ ​there​ ​for​ ​the​ ​postpartum​ ​and​ ​recovery​ ​period (2-3​ ​days​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​route​ ​of​ ​delivery). The​ ​other​ ​more​ ​common​ ​option​ ​is​ ​Labor​ ​and​ ​Delivery​ ​and​ ​Recovery​ ​suite.​ ​​ ​With​ ​this type​ ​of​ ​room,​ ​you​ ​labor​ ​and​ ​delivery​ ​and​ ​recover​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same​ ​room,​ ​then​ ​you​ ​get transported​ ​to​ ​a​ ​different​ ​ward​ ​for​ ​postpartum​ ​period. Both​ ​options​ ​are​ ​available,​ ​but​ ​obviously​ ​the​ ​LDRP​ ​are​ ​the​ ​most​ ​convenient.
Neonatal​ ​Intensive​ ​Care​ ​Unit​ ​(NICU)
Pregnancy​ ​is​ ​a​ ​critical​ ​time​ ​for​ ​your​ ​babies'​ ​development.​ ​During​ ​pregnancy,​ ​your​ ​baby depends​ ​on​ ​you​ ​for​ ​nourishment,​ ​oxygen,​ ​getting​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​waste,​ ​and​ ​protection​ ​from harm.​ ​After​ ​the​ ​baby​ ​is​ ​born,​ ​it​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​has​ ​that​ ​protection​ ​that​ ​you​ ​gave. Immediately​ ​after​ ​birth,​ ​your​ ​child​ ​has​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​to​ ​breathe,​ ​take​ ​its​ ​first​ ​breath,​ ​has to​ ​process​ ​food​ ​and​ ​waste,​ ​and​ ​their​ ​immune​ ​system​ ​has​ ​to​ ​start​ ​working​ ​to​ ​protect against​ ​bacteria​ ​and​ ​viruses.​ ​Most​ ​babies​ ​can​ ​make​ ​this​ ​transition​ ​fairly​ ​easily,​ ​but occasionally​ ​some​ ​babies​ ​have​ ​difficulty​ ​making​ ​the​ ​transition​ ​and​ ​need​ ​special attention.​ ​Babies​ ​that​ ​are​ ​born​ ​prematurely,​ ​often​ ​need​ ​assistance​ ​in​ ​some,​ ​or​ ​all​ ​of these​ ​areas​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​​​Other​ ​babies​ ​that​ ​often​ ​need​ ​the​ ​specialized​ ​care​ ​that​ ​a​ ​NICU offers​ ​include​ ​those​ ​with​ ​congenital​ ​birth​ ​defects;​ ​for​ ​instance​ ​cardiac,​ ​or​ ​spinal. A​ ​NICU​ ​offers​ ​highly​ ​specialized​ ​nursing​ ​and​ ​medical​ ​care​ ​by​ ​a​ ​staff​ ​that​ ​is​ ​trained​ ​for this​ ​special​ ​group​ ​of​ ​patients. 
Only​ ​about​ ​9%​ ​of​ ​all​ ​newborns​ ​need​ ​NICU​ ​care,​ ​so​ ​most​ ​babies​ ​do​ ​not​ ​need​ ​their services,​ ​but​ ​some​ ​patients​ ​want​ ​the​ ​assurance​ ​if​ ​something​ ​comes​ ​up​ ​unexpected​ ​for their​ ​newborn,​ ​that​ ​a​ ​NICU​ ​is​ ​available.​ ​​If​ ​your​ ​hospital​ ​does​ ​not​ ​have​ ​a​ ​NICU,​ ​as​ ​most don't,​ ​they​ ​may​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​transferred​ ​to​ ​a​ ​facility​ ​with​ ​a​ ​NICU​ ​after​ ​birth. 
Next,​ ​set​ ​up​ ​tours​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​hospital​ ​birthing​ ​units.​ ​Most​ ​hospitals​ ​will​ ​have​ ​tours available​ ​a​ ​few​ ​times​ ​a​ ​month.​ ​Many​ ​will​ ​not​ ​only​ ​give​ ​you​ ​a​ ​tour​ ​of​ ​the​ ​unit,​ ​but​ ​will​ ​also answer​ ​questions,​ ​and​ ​even​ ​give​ ​you​ ​a​ ​goodie​ ​bag​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end.​ ​This​ ​tour​ ​will​ ​allow​ ​you​ ​to view​ ​the​ ​facilities​ ​first​ ​hand,​ ​visit​ ​with​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​nursing​ ​staff,​ ​and​ ​get​ ​a​ ​first​ ​hand​ ​look at​ ​the​ ​security​ ​features​ ​the​ ​hospital​ ​offers.​ ​Pay​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​details​ ​and​ ​ask​ ​many questions.​ ​Take​ ​detailed​ ​notes​ ​about​ ​your​ ​visit.​ ​After​ ​touring​ ​several​ ​hospitals​ ​you​ ​may start​ ​to​ ​get​ ​them​ ​mixed​ ​up.​ ​Not​ ​only​ ​will​ ​touring​ ​the​ ​birthing​ ​centers​ ​help​ ​you​ ​to​ ​make the​ ​wisest​ ​decision,​ ​knowing​ ​exactly​ ​where​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​the​ ​hospital​ ​upon​ ​arrival​ ​when​ ​you are​ ​actually​ ​in​ ​labor​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​thing​ ​to​ ​know. 
While​ ​visiting​ ​the​ ​hospitals​ ​you​ ​should​ ​also​ ​ask​ ​for​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​any​ ​prenatal​ ​classes​ ​that​ ​are offered.​ ​If​ ​a​ ​hospital​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​large​ ​number​ ​of​ ​classes,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​labor​ ​and​ ​delivery,​ ​infant CPR,​ ​breastfeeding,​ ​etc,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​more​ ​likely​ ​that​ ​their​ ​birthing​ ​unit​ ​is​ ​of​ ​higher​ ​importance​ ​in the​ ​overall​ ​scheme​ ​of​ ​the​ ​hospital. 
If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​trust​ ​in​ ​the​ ​doctor​ ​who​ ​is​ ​seeing​ ​you​ ​for​ ​your​ ​prenatal​ ​visits,​ ​you​ ​may ask​ ​him​ ​or​ ​her​ ​for​ ​a​ ​recommendation.​ ​Your​ ​doctor​ ​may​ ​even​ ​only​ ​perform​ ​deliveries​ ​at certain​ ​hospitals.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​really​ ​want​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​your​ ​doctor​ ​is​ ​there​ ​with​ ​you​ ​for​ ​labor and​ ​delivery,​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​you​ ​know​ ​ahead​ ​of​ ​time​ ​what​ ​hospitals​ ​he​ ​or​ ​she​ ​will​ ​deliver​ ​in.
Having​ ​a​ ​baby​ ​is​ ​a​ ​frightening,​ ​wonderful,​ ​and​ ​completely​ ​exhausting​ ​experience. Dealing​ ​with​ ​negative​ ​nurses,​ ​a​ ​cramped​ ​delivery​ ​room,​ ​and​ ​less-than-secure​ ​facilities only​ ​adds​ ​to​ ​your​ ​already​ ​overwhelmed​ ​state.​ ​Doing​ ​a​ ​little​ ​research​ ​ahead​ ​of​ ​time,​ ​and choosing​ ​the​ ​best​ ​hospital​ ​for​ ​you​ ​and​ ​your​ ​baby,​ ​will​ ​allow​ ​you​ ​to​ ​have​ ​the​ ​best experience​ ​with​ ​your​ ​labor​ ​and​ ​delivery​ ​as​ ​possible.
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