When you’re expecting a new bundle of joy, it’s crucial to be prepared. While you may have set up the nursery, bought baby clothes and decided on a name, selecting the right hospital for your labor and delivery should also be a top priority. Choosing a maternity facility takes careful consideration, as there are many factors to think about, such as the hospital’s quality, security and more. Read on to learn some tips on how to select the right hospital for labor and delivery.
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High-Risk Pregnancy Services
Women who are susceptible to high-risk pregnancies may include those who are pregnant with multiple babies and women who are underweight or overweight. Those with medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and autoimmune disorders are also at risk. Choosing a hospital with high-risk OB services can give you peace of mind during unforeseen circumstances.
Ensure that the facility has a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which is equipped with trained staff and advanced equipment for newborns who need special care. This may include babies who were born with a low birth weight or those who have conditions such as heart issues, birth defects, infections, etc. It’s also important to note that not all NICUs are equal. For instance, some can treat newborns while others may only be able to care for babies who were born at 32 weeks or later. Be sure to do your research when looking into NICUs in the hospitals near you.
What kind of birthing experience do you envision? For example, some women prefer facilities that offer more natural and supportive techniques and features, such as natural pain relief methods and aromatherapy. Whatever birthing experience you prefer, the hospital you select should give you the tools to make it successful. You might also want to research the nurse-to-patient ratio at each maternity facility to ensure you receive the proper support and care.
As a new parent, you want your baby to be safe and sound. Ensure that the hospital has an excellent infant protection system in place. This technology tracks the location of your baby to prevent abductions and accidental mismatching. An infant security system can give you peace of mind and ensure that your bundle of joy is protected around the clock.
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Author bio: Meredith McRoberts is Chief Executive Officer and the fifth-generation owner of McRoberts Corporation. She is a respected innovator and leader in the security industry. McRoberts established McRoberts Technologies to address specific security risks through the use of leading-edge technology and unmatched customer service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder.