Delivery is often the most anticipated – and worried about – part of pregnancy. Feeling relaxed, calm and confident going into your labour results in shorter, less painful deliveries and better outcomes for your family.
You’ll have access to the best information to make the choices that are right for you, to ensure you’re looking forward to meeting your baby. You’ll discuss your birth preferences and options with Eugene at your booking appointment, and have the opportunity to review these at any stage through your pregnancy. You’ll deliver your baby in the modern, comfortable surroundings of the Westminster Maternity Suite overlooking the River Thames.
When you think you’re going into labour, you will be asked to come into the Westminster Maternity Suite at Guy’s and St Thomas’ (make sure you leave enough time to reach the hospital). Our midwives will assess you to be sure you are in labour, then you will be taken to the birth centre. Eugene and your midwife will be on hand throughout your labour.
A dedicated anaesthetist is on call for private maternity patients 24/7. Eugene is happy to support alternative pain relief methods, such as hypnotherapy, and a full range of medical pain relief is also available. Alongside gas and air (entonox) and TENS machines, our patients commonly use a low dose mobile epidural – an injection into the lower part of your back that allows you to continue moving around and pushing. You’ll discuss all your pain relief options with Eugene thoroughly at your appointments.
There are several reasons why you might require a caesarean section to deliver your little one. A caesarean requires a small incision to be made along your bikini line, roughly the length of a pen, in order for your baby to be delivered through your tummy. Caesareans may be planned or it may become apparent that you require a C-section during your labour for the safe delivery of your baby. Eugene is incredibly experienced in performing caesarean sections, and he strives to ensure you have the delivery you want.
What to bring
Wondering what to pack in your birth bag? Well, we’ll provide you with essentials for your baby like nappies, as well as toiletries for you, towels, sanitary towels and disposable pants. So we suggest you pack:
- At least three changes of nightwear for you (think cotton and loose fitting!)
- Slippers and loose socks
- A bathrobe or dressing gown and sponge
- Any personal toiletries, cosmetics, lip balm and massage oil
- A CD/MP3 player and CDs, if you’d like to listen to music during your delivery
- Your camera and/or video camera
- Water spray for your face
- A hairband if you have long hair
- Snacks and clothes for Dad. A old button down shirt is ideal so Dad can have lots of skin-to-skin contact with baby
- Clothes for baby
- Something to bring baby home in – a car seat or carrier
- A water bottle