BIRTHING 2018-10-15T07:28:15+00:00

OUR TREATMENTS AND SERVICES

Birthing

WHEN SHOULD I GO TO THE HOSPITAL?

Your midwife or obstetrician will be able to advise you on when you should come to the hospital, it is generally when the contractions are three to five minutes apart.

After an assessment from your midwife, your obstetrician will come to check on the wellbeing of your baby as well as make sure you are comfortable and happy.

Throughout your stay, the safety of you and your baby will monitored. There is plenty of time to discuss your options to ensure you have a healthy baby, and your midwife and obstetrician will be able to give you their expert advice.

The details of what you can expect during labour will be discussed with you during your antenatal classes. If you have any concerns, you should raise them during your antenatal visit with your specialist.

Your pregnancy will be monitored closely during your antenatal visits, and is a smooth process for the majority of people, however, there are instances when complications arise, and will be dealt with promptly if they occur.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING LABOUR?

You will have constant support from your midwife during your labour. They will carefully monitor you and your baby’s wellbeing. You will be seen by your Obstetrician every four or so hours, and if you have any complications you will be seen immediately, and when the baby is close to birth.

At some stage during your labour it is likely that you will have a gentle internal examination to check your progress.

The pushing stage of labour can vary a lot in terms of timings, but the second stage may take up to two hours for some people, particularly if this is your first time giving birth. You baby’s heart rate will be monitored during your labour to ensure they are not becoming too stressed. If your baby becomes overstressed, intervention may be necessary.

Your midwife will stay in close contact with your obstetrician, and will support you during labour. Close to the time you are going to give birth, your obstetrician will provide you with additional support and expertise to ensure your birth is as calm and safe as possible. There may be some circumstances when you may need assistance giving birth.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER GIVING BIRTH?

As soon as your baby is born, he or she will be placed on your abdomen for you to hold and get to know. A paediatrician will come to look at your baby if they are unwell. In almost all circumstances, your baby will be fine with expert care.

You will be helped to breastfeed as soon as possible. Skin-to-skin contact immediately after giving birth is important, as it helps strengthen the bond and cues the breast feeding reflex due to the action of oxytocin.

Your postnatal stay will be about three days, during which your obstetrician will see you daily. From then on, regular supervised breastfeeding will be coordinated with a qualified lactation consultant, along with midwifery postnatal care, help and guidance with mother care, recovery exercises, and physiotherapy.

Our aim is to make sure you are not discharged until you feel ready to care for your baby, and you will be provided with 24-hour support from the time you are discharged. This support may be given over the phone, or at the hospital, along with follow up one-on-one lactation support from a lactation consultant.

While giving birth you may experience l vulvovaginal tears or grazes, which are often left to heal on their own. If you require stitches or other treatments you should be able to continue cuddling with your baby.

If you have an episiotomy or large tear, you will likely need stitches. Your epidural can be topped up if you already had one, but you will be offered a local anaesthetic if you haven’t.

WHAT ABOUT COMPLICATIONS?

While a lot of births are normal and straightforward, it is possible for complications to occur during the labour and birthing process, and each different complication will be treated differently. If you are curious about any possible complications and their treatments, ask your obstetrician. These complications can involve the mother’s health, the baby’s health, or both.

If you have any further queries, our friendly team at My Obg will be happy to assist you. Call us on (03) 9731 1006 or email us at reception@myobg.com.au