We can't tell you when the exact moment of your delivery is going to take place. But what we can do is to inform you as good as possible about the course during your delivery and with that, contribute to a positive experience.
By most of the women contractions gradually increase in power and frequency. With a first child you need to call when you have contractions for one hour long, which are coming every 4 minutes, which are all standing 1 to 1,5 minute and they become more and more powerful.
When you have given birth before we give you personal advice during our consultation hours.
We accompany you during the at home delivery as well as the outpatient delivery as this one is taking place between the 37 and 42 weeks. Do always contact us if your going into labour earlier on.
The same preparations apply for both kinds of deliveries.
From 36 weeks on your bed needs to stand high. De perfect height is between 70 and 80 centimeters. You can get bedboosters for this (available at the home care store 'Welkom') or you can use crates. A matress isn't allowed. Make sure the elevation is firm.
You should always have a maternity package at home. During the delivery we use 2 buckets with garbage bags. Normal lighting is usually sufficient. For possible bonding we do need a floor lamp.
When the delivery starts make sure the room is nice and warm, this prevents the baby from cooling down too much.
In the maternity care brochure you can read the minimum you need for the delivery with regard to cloth diapers, etc. It is advisable to have two hot water bottles at home.
The maternity nurse will be called in consultation with us. The maternity nurse task is to support the care of mother and child. In addition, she ensures peace and regularity in the first week. Please let her pamper you, this will contribute to a festive maternity bed!
Even if you are going to give birth on an outpatient basis, you will be accompanied by your midwife and a maternity nurse. You always need to take all the papers you have received from the maternity center to the hospital.
If the delivery has gone well and you and your baby are doing well, you can go home two hours after the delivery. The maternity nurse will come home with you to continue the supervision and care there.
Make sure your camera is ready use! Check the batteries and space on the memory card.
If you are going to give birth on an outpatient basis, make sure you always have your patient card, your ID (identity document) and your pregnancy card with you. Our advice is to make a patient pass in advance, which can be done at the hospital or at the JBZ (Jeroen Bosch hospital) annex on Hoef 90 at Rosmalen (Take your ID and health insurance card with you).
Everyone knows that giving birth is a painful experience which some people can handle better than others. We think it would be right to inform you.
What can you do about the pain at home?
It is important that you are able to relax and dare to surrender to the contractions. A warm bath or shower, a massage or a different position may help. It's also possible to rent a TENS device at our practice. This works by currents that influence the pain fibres. If you think this might help you ask your midwife for advice. Acceptance of the pain also helps to cope with the contractions. Resisting the contractions will make the pain worse.
What if you can't handle the pain anymore?
Giving birht is a natural process in which we rely on the strength of our body. The pain you experience from contractions cannot be compared with pain from, for example, a broken leg or toothache. The pain in contractions indicates that the cervix is about to open. You need to realize that this is necessary for the birth of your baby. Let your midwife know if you feel like you have reached the limit. If necessary, pain relief can be discussed in consultation with the gynecologist. This is only possible in the hospital and under the guidance of a gynaecologist. The reason for this transmission is that your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing must be constantly monitored. Besides that the condition of your child must also be monitored by an ECG.
At the Jeroen Bosch hospital it is possible to choose between an epidural, remifentanilpump or an injection with Pethidine.
If you want to read more about the options for pain relief, read the brochure or come to one of our information evenings.
Do you live in Rosmalen, Groote Wielen, Hintham, Berlicum, Middelrode, Geffen, Nuland or Vinkel? We support you with a delivery at home as well as a delivery at the Jeroen Bosch Hospital or the Hospital Bernhoven.Register