You have conceived and have taken the home pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. The immediate planning that you and your partner now start doing is to look for hospitals in your city where you plan to have your delivery.
The hospital that you choose to deliver in will also point you to your doctor. Many would-be-mothers first choose the best maternity hospital in Chandigarh and then a doctor who practices at the hospital.
There are others who look for a gynaecologist for baby delivery and deliver in the hospital the doctor is affiliated to.
Whichever way you choose to do, there are some points to consider before you decide on the maternity hospital for your baby’s delivery.
Reputation of the hospital
The first thing that you need to decide on a maternity hospital is to find a place where you and your baby will be well cared of. It is important to find out if the hospital has a good reputation. Hospitals are popular because they have good doctors, experienced staff and high quality of services as well as excellent facilities. It is important to get proper feedback on these points to be able to make an informed choice. You could check the official website of the hospital to know about its background. The website may also have some newspaper clippings where clients have given feedback regarding the hospital. You may also want to do a general search on the internet.
Ask your friend and family members
You could talk to your family and friends who have given birth in a particular hospital and find out if they were satisfied with the services. You will thus get an idea of what to expect from the hospital. You may also lay hands on birth stories from mothers who may have shared their experience online.
Take a tour of the hospital
After you have heard and read enough about hospitals and have shortlisted a few, it is time to take a tour of the hospital. You should see the maternity unit, a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit, the labour and the delivery room as well as the room where you will be kept after you give birth.
You could ask the nurse any questions that you may have regarding the facilities offered by the hospital. Check if the nurses are available 24 hours and if there are doctors on call at odd hours too. Also, inquire about the admission procedures and if you need to make any advance booking.
Ensure that you check the quality of medical staff at the hospital as well. You can find out about the doctors who practice in the hospital. You may also talk to the medical staff when you are taking a round of the hospital. This will let you judge about how approachable the staff is and if the hospital is right for you.
It is almost impossible to know everything about a hospital you have never been to, but these few things should be considered to help you make your choice.