Maternal Health Care
Ovum Birthing Center
When you’re expecting, you’re evaluating all your choices to decide how you would like to bring your child into the world. We’re here to make it as rewarding, joyful and safe as possible. In addition to the wide variety of options for prenatal care we offer, we provide additional support for special situations.
We have you covered
Every possible need for you and your baby can be taken care of right here. Whether you choose a completely natural delivery or are in need of specialized intervention, you will never have to transfer to another hospital or care team. We have a certified nurse and some of the best doctors and specialists available. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), one of the most advanced NICU’s in the region, is located right next to the labor and delivery unit.
Low c-section rates
At OVUM, we believe surgical births should be the exception, not the expectation. During the last weeks of pregnancy, crucial lung, liver, kidney and brain development in the fetus occur. To ensure maternal and fetal health, OVUM is committed to reducing the number of elective, non-medically necessary C-sections prior to 39 weeks.
Vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC)
OVUM is one of the few providers who perform VBAC, Our doctors are supportive of VBAC for most patients with normal pregnancies. And we have the highest success rate in the region: about 80 percent of the women who try to give birth vaginally after a cesarean with us achieve their goal.
Each birth is evaluated separately, Your doctor will want to carefully evaluate your pregnancy and understand the circumstances surrounding your c-section. This will help determine if you are a good candidate for VBAC and help you weigh the benefits and the risks of a trial of labor after cesarean.
Planning Your Stay
Childbirth is one of the most memorable and rewarding events in life. We are honored to be your chosen hospital and will work with you to make your birth experience special, safe and comfortable. Here is some information to help you make the most of your stay.
When to come to the hospital
Sometimes women and families don’t know when to call. Or you may have trouble deciding if what you’re feeling is really labor. The following guidelines may help you.
When YOU SHOULD go to the hospital
- Contractions have been regular, steady and increasing.
- Contractions are five minutes apart for one to two hours.
- Contractions are uncomfortable or you are unable to talk through them.
Other SIGNS THAT YOU SHOULD come in
- Your doctor instructs you to come in.
- Your baby is moving less than usual.
- You have vaginal bleeding.
- Your instinct tells you to go to the hospital.
List of things to bring
- You should pack your bag once you are about 34 weeks pregnant.
- It also helps you relax, as you know you have put in your favourite things & you are ready for the hospital.
- All medical records & scans should be with you.
- Insurance papers and details
- Loose-fitting nighty
- Socks, as hospitals can get quite chilly
- Lip Balm
For your stay
- Loose-fitting clothes
- Easy to wear slippers
- Sanitary pads & few sets of underwear
- A shawl or sweater
- Basic toiletries
- Hair accessories
- A robe, as there may be visitors
- A going home outfit as a lot of pictures will be taken
- Nursing bra
- Nursing pads
- Nursing support pillow
For the newborn
- A few sets of weather-appropriate pillows
- Diapers & Wipes
- A going home outfit for the photos
For your older kid (If any)
- A couple of clothes in case they insist to stay
- Some light snacks
- Some books or small toys which don’t make noise
For your partner or caretaker
- A couple of clothes
- Some snacks
A Few Extras
- Mobile Phones with charger
- You can also get a book
- An extra bag for extra things you may have to carry home
Keep these at home
- To take care of the newborn you will require alcohol swabs & alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- A thermometer to check fever
- A nail cutter to trim fast-growing nails of the newborn