20 Must-Ask Questions for Your Doctor About Labor and Delivery

September 25, 2018

As your due date approaches, it’s important to prepare for the big day. Part of that preparation includes having important conversations with your doctor or health care provider about what to expect.

The best time to clarify your expectations and understand your doctor’s recommendations is well before you are in labor.

Here are the questions we recommend you ask your doctor as your due date nears:1

1. What hospitals are you affiliated with?
2. What level of neonatal care is available at the hospital where I’ll deliver?
3. What are some preterm labor symptoms?
4. At what point should I call you when I think I’m in labor?
5. When should I go to the hospital?
6. What is your weekend coverage schedule?
7. Is an anesthesiologist available 24 hours a day?
8. Who is allowed in the delivery room?
9. What happens if you aren’t available when I go into labor?
10. How far past my due date do you recommend that I wait?
11. Am I permitted to bring a doula or midwife into the delivery room in addition to my partner or support person?
12. Will a lactation consultant be available immediately after the birth of my baby?
13. Do you support natural childbirth?
14. If I think I’m in labor, when should I go to the hospital?
15. What are your preferences regarding eating, drinking and walking during labor?
16. If you aren’t available to deliver the baby who will do so?
17. Will you require me to have an IV port?
18. What fetal monitors do you routinely use?
19. Am I expected to wear the fetal monitor throughout my labor and deliver?
20. What are the standard procedures right after birth for newborns at the hospital where I’ll deliver?

Some moms prefer to deliver in a birth center or at home. Here are some questions that moms who will have a midwife or are thinking of a home birth may want to ask:

1. What positions do you suggest for labor and delivery?
2. Is water birth an option?
3. What type of emergency services do you have available?
4. Are there any medical interventions (IV placement, breaking water) that are routine?
5. What comfort measures do you find most effective during labor?
6. What is your policy on breastfeeding?
7. Who can I have with me during labor and delivery?

As your labor and delivery day grows near, it’s crucial to continue to support the nutritional needs of your body and growing baby. The Prenate® Vitamin Family offers nutritional support throughout the third trimester and beyond. Prenate® Restore is a prescription prenatal vitamin with probiotics specially formulated to support the nutritional needs of women during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor about whether a prescription prenatal vitamin is right for you during pregnancy and postpartum.

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