Choose the Right Hospital for You and Your Baby|
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Unlike a medical emergency, pregnant women and their partners can do research ahead of time and select the best possible hospital to have their baby. While emergency situations can impact the plan, it is important to do research ahead of time about how the delivery ideally will proceed and what you want from the experience.
“Childbirth can be a stressful time for a first-time mother or a mother facing a high-risk pregnancy,” said Dr. Jean Paicurich, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville. “Doing as much research as possible on the hospital where you will deliver your baby can help alleviate concerns and better prepare you for any unexpected challenges of labor.
“Mothers should also speak with the hospital about breastfeeding resources and other follow-up services that are offered.”
The Childbirth Connection, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of maternity care, suggests asking the following questions when selecting a hospital:
“Bringing a baby into the world can be a fantastic experience, but is definitely one where doing homework ahead of time helps increase the odds of a good experience,” Paicurich said. “Everyone — hospital employees, your physician, and family members — wants the birth to go smoothly and be a rewarding experience. Talking about your desires ahead of time can help make that goal a reality.”
For more tips, including how to choose an obstetrician, visit http://www.childbirthconnection.org/. A list of obstetricians that practice at Texas Health hospitals can be found at www.texashealth.org.
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Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.