• How to choose a maternity hospital

    Since 2006, a system of certificates has been introduced into Russian healthcare. It stipulates that every pregnant woman who is registered in the antenatal clinic is the holder of the certificate. Part of the money comes from him, a woman's consultation, which monitors the health of a woman and her future child. The other, most of it goes to pay for the woman's stay in the maternity hospital and includes free qualified assistance in childbirth, cesarean section, post-natal care for mother and baby, paid medications. And if a midwife or doctor wants to buy herself or pay for the missing medication, a woman can apply to the court because of violation of her rights. This system was introduced precisely to pay maternity homes purchase of the necessary material and medicines, to give a decent salary to our doctors. The pregnant woman herself or the woman giving birth does not receive anything from the money allocated for the certificate, they go only to protect the health of her and her baby.

    2-3 months before the birth of the plan of action:

    1) we must learn everything about the maternity hospital, and not from advertising and booklets, but from women who have visited it - friends and acquaintances. So you get an overview from the inside. The more data you collect, the closer they are to the truth. People develop a subjective perception of what is happening, so do not ask whether they liked it or not, ask specific questions about the details you are interested in. The best thing is if the childbirths flow naturally, so pay attention to those maternity hospitals where they try to conduct them as close as possible to physiological ones: they do not use

    rhythm-stimulating medicinal products if there is no indication to this;consider the desires of a woman as to how she wants to give birth to her child and next to whom;spend the first application of the newborn to the breast. Find out also:

    a) Does the maternity hospital have paid services and how are they paid for?

    b) the location of the maternity hospital in relation to your place of residence: traffic jams in our time are not uncommon, and jolting through half the city does not have much to do with well-being;

    c) the number of beds in the room and its comfort: the presence of a shower and a bathroom, it is better if you put it in a single or double room.

    Please note that in larger maternity hospitals there is a higher chance of infection and closing it for treatment;

    2) in advance, select a doctor, midwife and children's doctor who will be near you when the baby appears. It will be best to get acquainted with them, or at least good reviews about them from acquaintances. If you are afraid of complications during childbirth, it is not superfluous to learn about practitioners in this maternity hospital anesthetists - doctors who give anesthesia during the operation. In different maternity hospitals give preference to certain methods of anesthesia, so that

    for you there were no surprises, it is necessary to clarify this point in advance. Anesthesia can be achieved in two ways: using drugs and using non-drug methods. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages. Talk to an independent specialist, read the literature on this topic and choose the method that suits your ideas about efficiency and safety;

    3) the important point is the fact of the joint stay of you and the newborn in one ward, then the baby from the first days will receive the caress and care of the mother, feel her warmth and affection. You can better know your baby, understand his needs. Despite the difficulties, there are obvious advantages: the child you are cared for gets a mother, a native microflora that will help him in confronting harmful microbes and diseases;

    4) learn also about the equipment of the maternity hospital with the equipment in the intensive care chambers.

    As you get acquainted with maternity hospitals, you will probably have additional questions, do not hesitate to ask them.