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From your arrival at maternity a midwife will take you in charge. She will be with you until your baby’s birth.

An obstetrician is always present at the hospital. If any complications happened during labor the midwife will call him on. According to shuttle custody arrangement, the obstetrician who will do the delivery may not be the one who followed up your pregnancy.

An anesthetist is also available on place. He is in charge of anesthesia (epidural block, spinal block, general anesthesia if required).

If needed, a pediatrician can be called on at any time of the birth. The midwife will give the first cares to your baby.
In labor unit, only one person can come with you.

When you must go to the hospital in emergency

  • Uterine contractions are often (more than 10/day) and more and more painful before the 9th month
  • Regular contractions every 5-10 minutes, and painful since more than 2 hours
  • Bleeding
  • Fluid loss (mucus plug discharge)
  • Brutal and clear changes of your baby moves
  • If your pregnancy term is passed without giving birth
  • If fever appears (more than 38°C / 100°F)
  • Fall on your belly, accident, any shock

Do not hesitate to call either midwife or custody doctor, night and day.

Last update: 10/2/2013