Nearly 2,500 babies are born with us annually. We care for the woman in labour according to her own wishes with modern monitoring technology and a family-centered and baby-friendly way of thinking. We are able to deliver both vaginal births and caesarean sections and provide high-quality care for newborns 24 hours a day. There is no congestion at our units, and our staff will ensure a peaceful, safe and gentle beginning for the family’s childbed time: the care is personal, individual and inclusive. While at our maternity unit, your care will cover everything: accommodation, meals, clothes, hygiene supplies and medication.
Deliveries with us are of the highest quality: maternal and infant mortality is one of the lowest in the world, the percentage of sections is small and our natural births without ruptures are first-rate. We take quality control very seriously and address all deviations immediately. A multi-specialist team of doctors and midwives is always responsible for the delivery, and our entire staff has been trained to perform at the highest level. You also have the chance to address questions relating to the fear of childbirth beforehand with the specialists in charge of the delivery.
The duration of the delivery will vary from a few hours to a couple of days. The father or other support person can be present to support the mother throughout the delivery. The mother’s health is monitored during delivery through, for example, measuring blood pressure, pulse and temperature. We also always monitor foetus heart rate when needed. If necessary, the contractions can be strengthened with an oxytocin drip. During the delivery, the midwives and doctor plan the best methods of pain relief with the mother. In addition to drug-free pain relief, it is possible for the mother to have laughing gas or an epidural or spinal anesthesia. If there is a need for the sewing of the episiotomy or tears, it will be done in the delivery room under local anesthesia before moving to the maternity ward.
Sometimes a caesarean section will be planned instead of a vaginal delivery. In this case we will go through the delivery with you in advance and discuss your fears and hopes together with the specialists in charge of your care. The father or other support person can also be with you in the C-section and if you both are well, you and your baby will have skin-to-skin contact straight away. We have our own family recovery room, where you can stay together as a family from the beginning.
We encourage early interaction and skin-to-skin contact and support the parents in making the first contact with their newborn. The first breastfeed takes place in the delivery room, where the midwife will provide instruction if necessary. The parents will be able to get to know their new family member in peace. The mother is able to take a shower if she wants to, and the family will be offered a birthday coffee and some snacks. The women’s acute center will take care of the family for two to three hours after the birth before moving to the maternity ward.
At the maternity ward we will monitor the mother’s recovery and guide her to self-care and to monitor her own well-being. The newborns are by their mothers’ side around the clock. The purpose of the rooming-in care is to support and secure a good beginning to the life of the newest family member. Help with breastfeeding will be available around the clock. The midwives of the maternity ward have all received training and will support the family with beginning breastfeeding. The families can generally go home two to three days after the birth.
All the services you need are located in the same complex: the delivery rooms, the neonatal intensive care unit, operating rooms and family rooms. If neonatal intensive care is needed, the parents can take care of their child from the very beginning at the neonatal intensive care unit as well: each family has their own room where the parents can care for their child around the clock. This way we ensure the family a pleasant and peaceful beginning with their new family member even when complications occur.