Help With Planning A Birth

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Help With Planning A Birth
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Help with planning the birth

Even before pregnancy, some women have a precise idea of ​​where they would like to bring their child into the world. Others decide late or need support in making a decision. When planning the birth, it helps to gather a lot of information about the possibilities of giving birth and to get to know the person caring for them.

In any case, the following applies: start thinking in good time which variant is suitable for you and which place of birth you will choose. This is the only way to ensure that you are getting the birth care that you want.


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What should I consider when planning a birth?

There are various options for natural childbirth care. A midwife must be called in at every birth or afterwards to care for the child. If it is not possible to call in a midwife for the birth itself, this must be done in childbed. This is regulated in the Midwifery Act.

By far the majority of births take place in a hospital with a team of doctor and midwife. If complications arise during childbirth, the appropriate infrastructure for treatment is available there. A birth in a hospital is possible on an outpatient or inpatient basis. More on the topic: hospital birth

A caesarean section can also be planned for medical reasons. The procedure may be necessary if normal vaginal delivery would pose a higher health risk to the mother or child. In addition, caesarean sections are now increasingly taking place even without medical indication based on the individual decision of the woman. More on the topic: Caesarean section

Another option is childbirth care only by a midwife as part of a home birth. The prerequisite is that the mother and child are healthy and the pregnancy is uncomplicated. Risk births are only performed in hospitals under medical supervision. More on the topic: home birth

Once the personal decision on the place of birth has been made, the registration deadlines of the relevant hospitals or midwives or the central birth registration (Vienna) must be observed. In general, the decision as to where and with which care the birth is planned should be made around the 22nd week of pregnancy.

Hospital birth

98.4 percent of all births in 2018 took place in a hospital. In a traditional hospital birth, a doctor and a midwife lead the birth. The midwife is at the woman's side throughout the entire birth, she can supervise the birth independently and carry out the necessary examinations (e.g. contractions) and certain treatments (e.g. perineal incision). Which these are is regulated in the Midwifery Act. In any case, medical help must be sought if complications arise. Otherwise, the presence of the doctor during the individual birth phases is handled differently by the hospitals within the legal conditions. In some hospitals it is also possible to plan a normal birth only in the presence of a midwife,without having a doctor with you from the start. More on the topic: Supervision of the birth process

In the case of hospital births, a hospital stay is generally possible until shortly after the birth (outpatient birth or early discharge) or including the period of postpartum (inpatient birth).

Home birth

1.2 percent of all births in 2018 were home births (the remaining percent were accounted for in maternity homes or midwifery practices or other places, such as transport to the hospital). If an expectant mother wishes to bring her child into the world at home, a midwife can take responsibility for the birth. Women who are planning a home birth should still register in a hospital as well. In the event of unforeseen complications or an emergency, the hospital's medical safety network is available.

Whom can I ask?

Questions about planning the birth can be discussed during the mother-child pass examinations. The supervising doctor advises the pregnant woman which type of birth is possible from a medical point of view. The important thing is whether the pregnancy is normal or at risk.

Hospitals provide information about their range of services for everything to do with childbirth and care during childbirth. Many hospitals offer personal birth counseling, including information about the usual course of the birth, childbirth care or methods. Delivery room tours are also often possible.

Birth counseling is also offered by the outpatient clinics of the health insurance companies and in family counseling centers.

Midwives are also important contact persons during pregnancy and advise on all matters relating to childbirth. Midwives with a health insurance contract bill the health insurance company for care during pregnancy as well as during and after the birth. With a midwife by choice, you bear the costs yourself; you can submit them retrospectively to the health insurance company. 80 percent of the respective cash tariff will be refunded. More on the subject: midwife

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