Mapping Out Your Birth Plan: Close To Home Or Close To Work?

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One of the most important decisions you’ll make soon after the news of your pregnancy is choosing the right hospital for your pregnancy and childbirth. It is a well-known fact that during your pregnancy, you will have several check-ups and doctor visits. In addition to this, you will have to consider your due date and how accessible the hospital will be when the big day is near. Things are a tad bit easier if you are a stay-at-home mom, but if you’re working, you will have to figure out if you want a hospital closer to home or closer to the office. Here’s us giving you a few pointers so that you can make a well-thought-out decision about your birth plan:

Things To Keep In Mind

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Before you get down to deciding if you want to choose a healthcare provider closer to home or closer to work, you might want to consider these other factors as well:

1. Check Out The Staff Credentials

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It is essential to do a background check on the obstetrician and staff of the hospital so that you know that you are in capable hands. You can have a look at their credentials and gather reviews from the internet to ensure that they are board-certified. Further, you can fix a few appointments and gauge your comfort level with the doctor. You can then decide if you were able to build a rapport with the doctor, if they were able to answer your questions clearly, and if you’d like to take things forward with them.

2. Hospital Facilities

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Make sure you look for a hospital with facilities such as a Neonatal Care Unit and an adult ICU. Irrespective of whether or not you and your baby will need such facilities, it is always better to have them, to avoid last-minute panic. Some hospitals also have in-house prenatal classes, so this way, you can club both your appointments and your classes together without having to make too many visits.

3. Pain Relieving Options During Labor

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Labor can be a painful experience, but there are a few options for it to be manageable — some are medically induced, while others are more natural methods of pain relief. Before you settle on a hospital, check to see what pain relief methods they usually use during labor. Most hospitals offer local and regional anesthetics and pain relief medications; however, some hospitals also provide alternative options that are a more natural approach to relieving pain.

4. Birthing Options That Are Available

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There are several birthing options available, and if you have decided how you want to bring your baby into this world, you’ll have to opt for a medical facility that can help you with that option. In addition to regular delivery and C-section, other options include water delivery, the Bradley method, and the Lamaze technique, to name a few. Having said that, you can opt for alternative birthing methods if the doctor recommends them in case of complications.

5. Postpartum Care For Mother And Child

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While the worst is over with labor, the road to recovery is still a long one. If you choose a hospital that provides postpartum care, then you can enjoy benefits such as guidance on breastfeeding, therapy, and even counseling. Your baby, too, will be taken care of when you need rest. This also includes postnatal care and classes, which can easily help you transition into this new phase of your life.

Closer To Home Or Closer To Work?

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The answer to this question is highly subjective. You could opt for a hospital closer to home and take time off from work on the days you have your appointments. However, if you think that your work will permit you to do a hospital visit between work hours, you can settle for a hospital closer to work instead.

It also depends on whether or not you will still be working towards the end of your pregnancy. Some women continue to work right until the end of their pregnancy, while others start their sabbatical a month before their due date. If you belong to the latter, you could opt for a closer-to-home hospital. However, if you know that you’ll be working when labor hits (and this has happened to several women), then you could opt for a healthcare center that is closer to work. Which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments!