Find out what to expect when you are in labour.
Sharing your birth
Your husband or birthing partner is most welcome to stay with you while you are in labour.
Examination during labour
You and your baby will be continually monitored during labour.
Your baby’s heartbeat will be checked at regular intervals. Your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and urine will be taken approximately every hour or more frequently and recorded on a chart.
Regular internal examinations will be conducted to determine the progress of your labour and the doctor or midwife may rupture your membranes if it has not already occurred. This will allow the doctor to see whether the fluid around your baby is clear or discoloured. You and your baby will be continually monitored during labour.
Meals during labour
You are requested to only have liquids during labour. Should there be a pending decision by your doctor for a Caesarean Section you will be requested not to eat at all (nil per mouth).
Types of Delivery
i. Normal delivery
An injection to help you relax and relieve pain might be given on the doctor’s request. This does not take the pain away completely but does offer light relief.
ii. Caesarean Section
Things to remember:
- Do not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours prior to the procedure
- Discuss your regular medication with your doctor and if you need to take medication ensure that you swallow as little water as possible
- Do not wear any makeup, nail varnish or jewellery
iii. Premature labour
Premature labour occurs when contractions occur before one’s due date (before 37 weeks). Please contact your doctor immediately if you believe you are in premature labour. Your doctor will advise you on what action to take. If your Obstetrician/Gynaecologist is not available, you may liaise with the maternity staff at the hospital.
Should you deliver a premature baby Lenmed provides professional and experienced staff as well as equipped state of the art Neonatal ICU and high care services.