Preparing for a safe labour and delivery

World Patient Safety Day is held on the 17th of September every year. For its 2021 campaign, the WHO has chosen to focus on safe maternal and newborn care. The aim is to create a safe and caring environment in which parents-to-be can prepare for childbirth. Here’s how to enjoy peace of mind during this crucial time.

• Taking an active role in your delivery

Pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum represent a big change for mothers-to-be. Many women don’t know what to expect and aren’t sufficiently prepared for this new chapter in their lives. It’s important to lay the groundwork for a safe delivery well ahead of time, so women go into labour in the best possible circumstances. To ensure they receive appropriate care, mothers-to-be are also asked to take an active role in their pregnancy and labour.

Your medical team will plan frequent appointments to monitor your pregnancy. It is vital that you not only attend these appointments but also actively participate in them. You’ll be working alongside an entire team of people whose jobs are to make sure your labour and delivery go smoothly; the keywords here are dialogue, respect, and friendly yet effective communication. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, share any concerns and explain how you feel: our medical staff is trained to guide you every step of the way.

The most important part of preparing to become a mother is making time for self-care. Pregnancy is an opportunity to focus on yourself so you can make the most of the tiny being growing in your belly. You’ll need all your energy when baby arrives, so make sure to recharge your batteries well before the big day! It’s also important to have plenty of emotional support, which is why you’re encouraged to choose a birth support partner. Though you’ll have lots of help during the first few days of your child’s life, it’s nonetheless advisable to actively take part in your child’s care and medical monitoring.

• The responsibility of friends and family

Preparing for childbirth isn’t just a job for the mother-to-be! Your partner, family and friends all play a key role and are a crucial source of support. While their presence is important, as is good communication, they also have a part to play in safeguarding both mother and child. Given the ongoing pandemic, it’s more important than ever to consider the risks associated with day-to-day activities.

Friends and family will need to ensure that the mother-to-be has access to safe and respectful care at every stage of her pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period. When the future mum enters a medical facility, their loved ones will need to check that social distancing is enforced, and that hygiene and safety measures are taken.

While your medical team has your best interests at heart, it is essential that you get involved in your care every step of the way by engaging in dialogue and taking part in decision-making. Access to quality care is a fundamental right and it is up to you to assert it. So don’t hesitate to discuss these issues with those around you and to support initiatives to make childbirth safer!

For more information, please contact our midwives on 401 95 00. Drawing on their experience, they’ll offer guidance and answer any questions you may have.

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