When to go to hospital
If you are in any doubt over whether you should go to hospital, please contact your medical centre and ask to speak to the community midwife on call. You do not need to telephone the delivery suite (known in Germany as the Kreissaal) before you go to hospital, but you may like to so that they know to expect you.
Arrival at hospital
When you arrive at the delivery suite you should give the hospital midwife your Mutterpass. It helps if your preferences for the birth have been recorded in the birth plan page of your Mutterpass.
On admission the hospital midwife will do an assessment. They will want to take a tracing of the baby's heart rate and monitor any contractions. Your blood pressure and pulse will be taken and you will be asked to give a urine sample. A vaginal examination will confirm the position of the baby and the stage of labour. Depending on what the assessment finds and what stage of labour you are in, you may stay in the delivery suite or be given a room on the ward.
Obstetric care in designated provider hospitals in British Army Germany is broadly in line with NHS care, but you may notice some differences. Your midwife will be able to give you more information on what to expect.
Patient support officers
Many of the staff will speak English, but you may want additional assistance to help with translation and are welcome to request the help of a patient support officer.
Patient support officers work closely with hospital staff and are able to:
- - interpret when you see medical staff
- - help with questions you may have
- - advise you on hospital routines
Either you or the staff in the hospital can request a patient support officer during office hours. Patient support officers can also be contacted out of hours, in an emergency, via the hospital hotline on 0800 588 9936.
Consenting to treatment
We want to make sure you fully understand your condition and the treatment options available to you. Before you receive treatment, it should be fully explained to you by a member of the medical team. The patient support officer can help you with this.
You may be asked to sign a consent form before the treatment starts. No treatment will be carried out without your consent unless it is an emergency and you are unable to give consent.
After the birth of your baby, you will be transferred from the delivery suite to a ward room where your baby will stay with you. However, there may be times when your baby may need to be taken to the nursery or special care baby unit (SCBU) for closer observation. The hospital staff will explain everything to you and keep you informed on your baby's progress.
Feeding your baby
The nursery staff will be able to help you with the general care of your baby and feeding. Mothers can be given support in breast feeding or bottle feeding.
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