Deciding Where to Have Your Baby

Trying to decide where to have your baby? Use these questions to help you find a hospital that meets your needs:

  • Where does the healthcare provider deliver? Is he or she in your health insurance plan network?

  • What are the after-hours and on-call procedures?

  • How many people can be there during labor and delivery?

  • Will you go through labor and deliver in the same room? Or will you go to a birthing room or suite for delivery?

  • What are the policies on visitation and siblings?

  • Does the baby stay in the same room with you?

  • Are rooms private or semi-private?

  • What breastfeeding support services are available?

  • What level of care can the hospital give to sick newborns?

  • Is an anesthesiologist in the hospital at all times to give epidurals and emergency anesthesia?


Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPHFoley, Maryann, RN, BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016

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