What to Expect During a Hospital Tour: A Maternity Hospital Checklist

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Did you know that according to a recent survey, nearly 75% of expecting parents do not tour a maternity hospital before giving birth? As an expecting parent in India, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the right maternity hospital for your delivery. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. That’s why it’s important to research and tour maternity hospitals before making a decision. In this blog post, we’ll cover what to expect during a hospital tour, what to look for, and provide you with a printable checklist to take with you.

Researching and Touring Maternity Hospitals

Before you start touring hospitals, it’s important to do your research. Find out which hospitals are in your area, what services they offer, and what their reputation is. You can ask your doctor for recommendations, read online reviews, and talk to other expecting parents. Once you have a list of potential hospitals, it’s time to schedule tours. Some of the popular hospitals in metro cities in India include Apollo, Fortis, Max Healthcare and Cloudnine.

What to Look For During a Hospital Tour

During your tour, there are several things you should pay attention to. First, find out about the availability of private or semi-private rooms. Some hospitals may not have private rooms, or they may be in high demand, so this is an important factor to consider. Additionally, consider the availability of a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in case of any complications.

Next, ask about the experience of the staff. Find out how many deliveries they perform each year and what their cesarean delivery rate is. In India, it is important to ask about the availability of pain management options, such as epidurals, as it is not always offered in some hospitals.

It’s also important to ask about room amenities, such as comfortable beds, private bathrooms, and other facilities. Additionally, consider the visitor policies of the hospital. Find out how many visitors are allowed and what the visiting hours are. Try to get a tour of the labour room too, but it may not always be possible to do so.

Finally, do check if the hospital is in-network with your insurance provider in case you are working in a company with group health insurance policies. Some policies may not cover hospitals even if they’re popular. For example, Cloudnine was not covered by our insurance policy when I gave birth to my daughter, but it was covered when I was expecting my son.

A Checklist to Take Along

To make your decision easier, we’ve created a checklist of things to look for during your hospital tour. The checklist includes items such as:

·       Availability of private or semi-private rooms

·       Availability of a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

·       Experience of the staff

·       Room amenities (such as comfortable beds, private bathrooms, etc.)

·       What they will provide for the newborn (swaddle, clothes, towels, diapers?)

·       Visitor policies (such as the number of visitors allowed and visiting hours)

·       Availability of breastfeeding support and lactation consultants

·       Availability of pain management options

·       Availability of water birth

·       Availability of doulas or birth coaches

·       Location and accessibility of the hospital

·       Cost and insurance coverage including approx. cost of consumables

·       Safety measures in place for COVID-19

·       Meals and Facilities for Attendants

Choosing the right maternity hospital is a crucial decision for expecting parents in India. By researching and touring hospitals, you can ensure that you’re making an informed decision. Remember to take note of the cleanliness and overall condition of the hospital, as well as the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, the availability of private or semi-private rooms, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pain management options. With the printable checklist provided, you can be sure to cover all the important aspects of a maternity hospital and make the best decision for you and your baby.

Do share your experience touring maternity hospitals in the comments section!



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