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    Factors determining the search Best Maternity Hospitals and Doctors

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    Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MS, MBBS on 27 Aug 2019 - Written by Dr. Jyoti Bhaskar - PGDMLS, MRCOG, MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MS, MBBS

    You can find best maternity hospitals by comparing their private room availability, average stay time, privileges of night stay, and most importantly on the basis of its previous patient reviews. The best maternity doctors and hospital can be finalized by comparing the availability of healthcare services.

    Let’s Discuss in More Details About How to Find the Best Maternity Hospital:

    Many maternity hospitals today have birthing centers, which provide all the amenities, suites and staff to deliver the baby. The first step to ensure a wonderful experience is finding the right hospital. You should make it among your top priority to ensure that optimal care and experience is given to you. The choice of selecting the best maternity hospital is yours; also make sure that the insurance covers the cost of a stay at the hospital. If the insurance requires you to choose from a given list of maternity wards, at least one of the choices should be listed among the best centers. (1)

    Given below are some points to consider before choosing a maternity hospital:

    Information about good doctors and hospital:

    One of the most important points to consider before choosing the best maternity hospital is the ability of the obstetrician. You can try to find more information about the doctor online or you can take a tour of the hospital and enquire the medical staff, pediatrician and nurses about the doctors. It is important to have all the information about the best maternity hospital before making a choice. One can also take the help of friends and family members to find out doctors who have practicing privileges. Make sure your insurance covers those maternity wards, which provide proper medical care during the birth and stay at the hospital. (2)

    When choosing an obstetrician, consider factors such as the doctor’s attitude towards the patient, patient’s feedback and the comfort level one shares with the doctor.

    Consider asking yourself these five questions before choosing an obstetrician:

    • How comfortable do you feel while talking with the doctor?
    • Was the doctor friendly and approachable to ask questions?
    • Does the doctor understand the problems clearly and completely?
    • Does the doctor seem interested in clarifying your doubts?

    Average length of stay:

    The average length of stay is the time the mother spends in the hospital. The length of stay can be different for a different hospital, so make sure to ask how long the average length of stay is for a vaginal birth and a C-section birth. It is also important to keep in mind what types of facilities are given during the stay in the hospital. Research more about the type of equipment and technology is used for delivery, ask if they provide special lighting that can help to calm during delivery.(3)

    Number of patients on the floor:

    Take note of how many mothers and babies can be housed in the maternity unit at one time. Is the maternity ward usually crowded or are their open rooms available. Once you clarify your doubts about the open rooms, you could analyze your decisions and the period of stay in the hospital. (4)

    Private room availability:

    See if the hospital provides a private room or if the rooms are up to your expectations. Most hospitals provide birthing suites during the due month and even for post postpartum. If not, make sure you are ready to share the room with other moms. Nowadays many insurance plans cover the use of a private room after birth. If you are looking for a bit more privacy after delivery, check with the maternity ward to see if there are private rooms available. Look for hospitals that ensure safe pregnancy delivery, start thinking about amenities a hospital will have that can make you feel more comfortable. A private room is one of these amenities. Patients can opt for some of the comfort and convenience for some additional fees in their private wings, but with slightly different benefits and costs. (5)

    Private Room In Hospital

    Night visitor privileges:

    Another important thing to keep in mind while choosing a maternity hospital is the visiting hours. See if the hospital provides a flexible timing for visitors to visit the patients or if there is any kind of strict rules that restrict visitors. Many hospitals provide visiting privileges, in fact, a growing number of hospitals allow the father to stay in the room with the patient for moral and physical support. (6)

    Night visitor in Hospital

    Availability of NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)

    Pregnancy can be associated with many complications before and after pregnancy. In case there are any complications, the baby may need Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) care. If the hospital does not have a NICU, one should probably switch to another maternity ward. If a woman is suffering from several health conditions, one should always inquire only for those hospitals, which has a NICU. (7)

    NICU Availability

    Specialized care:

    Along with choosing a maternity ward, there should be a specialized care available for the baby. (8) These caregivers include the following:

    • Neonatal Intensive Care nurses 
    • A specialized pediatrician in critical infant care

    Along with these services, some hospitals offer 24-hour room service on patient’s request. Room service program is another way of making pregnancy delivery even more comfortable. The hospitals should have qualified doctors and adequate facilities to handle emergencies.

    If there is a preterm labor or a high-risk pregnancy during delivery, the hospital should have facilities to arrange blood on short notice, an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), NICU and operating facilities.

    Lactation support:

    See if the hospital provides lactation support or a lactation consultant.

    Even though breast-feeding is supported after delivery, availability of in-house lactation support is essential to make the connection between the newborn and mother. The presence of a lactation consultant can help you practice how to hold the baby and breastfeed the newborn. (9)

    Patient reviews:

    After considering all of the above points, one can clarify their doubts by checking the patient reviews. Patients review can be found all over the internet. Reading reviews are a good step to gain necessary information about the quality of services, past performance of the doctor and all other necessary details about the hospital where you seek treatment. (10)

    You should consider these points before choosing a hospital to deliver your child. Sometimes, it might be difficult to find a hospital of your choice, in such a case, try considering other factors like presence of NICU, hospital facilities, specialized treatment, nursing and availability of pediatrician. Also, make sure to check if the maternity hospital is within the budget, affordable and covers all the needs.

    If you are looking for the best gynecologist in Delhi, elawoman.com can help you in your search. For complete information on normal delivery, IUI Treatment, IVF Treatment, Surrogacy,Fertility treatment, Twin delivery, High-risk pregnancy delivery, you can consult Ela. Feel free to call on the given number for any inquiry or advice: +918929020600.

    Dr. Jyoti Bhaskar

    Written by

    PGDMLS, MRCOG, MBBS, MD
    Obstetrician, Gynecologic Surgeon
    Ghaziabad

    Dr. Jyoti Bhaskar is a gynecologist and obstetrician specializing in IUI, IVF, Hysterectomy, High-risk pregnancy care and Menopausal Care. She completed MBBS and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi in 1987 and 1993 respectively. Then, she went on to pursue MRCOG from Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2009 and PGDLMS from Symbiosis Institute of Medical Sciences in the year 2016. She has also won several awards and recognitions for her work in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. This has helped her to create a mark in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Jyoti Bhaskar is presently practicing her expertise at Max Super Speciality Hospital and Dr. Jyoti Bhaskars Clinic, Ghaziabad. For more information, visit elawoman.com

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    Rohan Kumar Jha

    When I was searching for the best maternity hospital in my city I made a list of all the top hospitals there. After making the list I checked the reviews given about the hospital and the success rate of the doctors visiting that hospital.

    Nov. 27, 2018, 1:17 p.m. 4.5

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    Arpit Agarwal

    One should always choose the hospital which is near to their home. It would be helpful as you can reach the hospital on an urgent basis.

    Nov. 27, 2018, 8:12 a.m. 4.5

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    Kratika Lahri

    If you want to find the best hospital then always go through the reviews given by the past patients of that hospital. It will help in clearing your doubts about the hospital.

    Nov. 26, 2018, 6:54 p.m. 4.5

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    Radhika Madan

    I would keep these things in my mind before choosing my maternity hospital. My husband said that we should choose the best and should not take any risk because it is for our child.

    Nov. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m. 5.0

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    Khushi Srivastava

    When I was pregnant then I made sure that I should meet my doctor first and then decide about my delivery in that hospital. Luckily I got a very good hospital and the best gynecologist.

    Nov. 18, 2018, 11:20 a.m. 5.0

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    Trambak Rasiah

    Ela helped us in finding the best maternity hospital. I am really thankful to Ela.

    Nov. 12, 2018, 3:41 p.m. 4.5

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