Delivery

'Motherhood with a smile' - Spend your first days of motherhood without a worry in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere

 

Delivery

'Motherhood with a smile' - Spend your first days of motherhood without a worry in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere

 

Delivery

'Motherhood with a smile' - Spend your first days of motherhood without a worry in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere

 

Delivery

'Motherhood with a smile' - Spend your first days of motherhood without a worry in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere

 

Delivery

'Motherhood with a smile' - Spend your first days of motherhood without a worry in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere

 

Delivery

'Motherhood with a smile' - Spend your first days of motherhood without a worry in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere

 

Delivery

'Motherhood with a smile' - Spend your first days of motherhood without a worry in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere

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Delivery

In conceptualizing our program for the mothers to be, we focused on factors that are essential to all future mothers – safety, comfort, dedication, and the best medical care.

Bearing a child is the most important event in the life of a mother and the whole family. Having in mind the impact of the event on the health and general wellbeing of the mother, the team at Maternity Hospital Podobnik has worked out a detailed plan of services covering the period from admission to discharge in the company of the new member of the family. In conceptualizing our specialized program for the expecting mothers, we were guided by the most important principles for all mothers – safety, comfort, dedication, and the highest quality of medical care. For birthing to be successful, it is extremely important that the circumstances under which it occurs be most favorable. Our private clinic offers all of the listed conditions – the best care in a safe and comfortable environment.

Every expecting mother has an assigned gynecologist, anesthesiologist, and neonatologist, several nurses and midwives who care for her 24 hours a day for the duration of her stay. Care for the patient does not begin with the delivery but starts with courses and exercises that will prepare the patient both physically and psychologically for birthing. The partners are included in the programs as active participants in the process.

The delivery rooms in Maternity Hospital Podobnik are equipped with the latest in adjustable birthing tables that allow for different positions during delivery. Partners or family members are allowed to be present in the room. Epidural analgesia is available to mothers who would like to diminish the pain. In addition, Maternity Hospital Podobnik is the only one in Zagreb that offers the possibility of delivery in water. It is a unique experience that does not allow for any medical interventions. Delivery on a birthing stool is unique because the body is in optimal physiological position, and it is also the oldest birthing method. The Maternity Hospital is equipped with up to date technology for monitoring the fetus and an operation theatre in case a cesarean section is necessary to complete delivery.

After delivering the baby, the mother proceeds to a private suite. A team of experienced medical staff cares for the mothers and their babies, help with breastfeeding and care, and help prepare the mothers to independently care for their babies once they are at home. We also offer the fathers the possibility to stay in the same room. We believe that closeness to the parents is beneficial for the baby’s wellbeing and development. It is also a positive factor in the dynamics of the whole family.

Delivery rooms

In our hospital, mothers-to-be are not patients but VIP clients!

Maternity Hospital Podobnik is equipped with up to date delivery rooms and state of the art equipment. Delivery tables can be adjusted to different positions during delivery to maximize comfort and minimize difficulties during delivery.

We are aware that delivery is a very stressful period for future mothers and we do our best to make her stay at the hospital and the delivery room as comfortable as possible. We strive to grant our patients every wish and are open to suggestions as long as there are no medical contraindications. For example, during the first phase of delivery our patients may use relaxation balls that decrease pain and accelerate the opening process, they may listen to their favorite music during delivery and have their husband or family member beside them.

Our goal is to make the delivery a pleasurable experience of giving new life which the mother will always remember. That is why our mothers-to-be are not treated as patients but as VIP clients.

Attached are additional informational leaflets on birthing

Painless delivery

Epidural anesthesia will allow mothers to deliver with practically no pain and maintain the sensation of contractions and delivery during the process.

The most popular anesthetic is the epidural because it nearly completely eliminates pain, which is an important factor in cases of prolonged and difficult labor, and it allows for a more favorable experience of the whole process. A doctor administers a local anesthetic in the lower back area of the spinal cord. Nerves that lead from the uterus to the birth canal are numbed but do not interrupt the natural dynamics of labor. The goal of the epidural is to allow the mothers to maintain the sensation of contractions and natural delivery but eliminate the pain as much as possible.

This method of pain control during the delivery process does not make the mothers drowsy before or after delivery while the baby gets only slight quantities of the medication. An additional positive characteristic of the epidural is that it relaxes all the muscles engaged in the delivery process. This in turn facilitates blood flow through the small pelvis, uterus and placenta.

Because of the expansion of the blood vessels, there is a possibility of a drop in blood pressure. Blood pressure needs to be controlled frequently and glucose or physiological solution may be administered as necessary. Possible complications like an inflammation or accumulation of blood in the epidural area are exceptionally rare in healthy patients.

For an epidural to be administered, the mother needs to have regular contractions and the cervix must be open at least four centimeters. These are the premises of a regular and safe continuation of delivery.

It is impossible to administer an epidural to patients that have abnormalities in blood coagulation, inflammations in the area of administration, have a spinal cord that does not allow the insertion of the epidural catheter, and low blood pressure.

Attached are additional informational leaflets on birthing.

Water birthing

Choosing this way to deliver a child, mothers choose to trust their bodies in its primeval function – a natural and uncomplicated birthing.

Maternity Hospital Podobnik is the only one in Zagreb that offers the possibility of water birthing. Following are the key advantages of this type of delivery.

COMFORT

Numerous research results show that women who opt for water birthing request pain suppressants in significantly smaller numbers. The reason is that water sooths nerve endings at the bottom of the spinal cord, which in turn decreases abdominal sensitivity. Water helps in labor coordination and diminishes muscle stress so the energy is directed toward labor and faster delivery.

DECREASE IN LISTLESSNESS AND BODY WEIGHT

Birthing in water counters the force of gravity in a way that allows easy change of positions for the mothers and avoids pressure on the uterus. An extended range of positions may be extremely useful when delivering a big baby and can make the passage through the birth canal easier.

DECREASE IN STRESS

When the mother is not stressed, the body does not produce stress hormones like adrenalin, noradrenalin, or catecholamine. When these hormones are absent, the mother’s body produces endorphins that decrease pain and are known as the “happy hormones”.

LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

Once in water, blood pressure decreases. This is due to the peaceful surroundings, decreased tension, and relaxed state, which are all hallmarks of water birthing.

RELAXATION

While giving birth in water, the mother may be so relaxed that she falls asleep! If the mother manages to keep the level of deep relaxation she is able to stop the cycle of fear, tension, and pain, that are characteristic for many mothers in labor, and have a relaxed and natural birthing instead.

A SMALLER NUMBER OF MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS

Ovu vrstu poroda najčešće biraju majke koje žele porod bez previše medicinskih intervencija, one majke koje vjeruju da je porod prirodan proces, a ne medicinska procedura. Odabirom ovakve vrste poroda, majka se vraća svojoj iskonskoj ulozi i stječe samopouzdanje u funkcije svog tijela, koje joj omogućavaju prirodno i jednostavno rađanje.

Tijekom poroda u vodi, stanje fetusa provjerava se posebnim telemetrijskim CTG uređajem kako bi se osigurao siguran porod.

ADJUSTMENT OF THE NEWBORN

Birthing in water, which happens in a quiet and relaxed environment, allows the baby a gradual transition into the outside world. The newborn is not instantly exposed to strong lights, or hospital scents and noises that are unavoidable with the use of medical instruments.

To be delivered in water is less traumatic for the baby because she is born into an environment similar to the one in the uterus. “From water to water” makes the transition into the outside world easier and gentler for the baby.

SHORTER BIRTHING PERIOD

Water birthing is usually shorter than classical delivery. But, the delivery time may be greater if the mother goes into the water too soon. In some cases, the second phase of delivery may last slightly longer, but the total duration of labor and delivery is shorter with this method.

Special notice

Pregnant women who would like to choose this method of birthing have to be healthy and have a normal singleton term pregnancy with the baby in head position, and a negative result on the cervical smear, Chlamydia, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Water birthing does not allow the administration of the epidura

Attached are additional informational leaflets on birthing.

Delivery on a birthing chair

The most favorable physiological position for delivery ad one of the oldest ways of birthing.

Delivery on a birthing chair is unique because it offers the most favorable physiological position for delivery and it is one of the oldest ways of birthing. The seating position insures easy breathing, better blood flow through the uterus, better oxygenation, and fetoplacental blood flow. The contractions are stronger, decreased is the need for stimulating and accelerating delivery and administration of pain relievers, and the duration of delivery is shorter; the mobility of the pelvis is increased which makes delivery easier.

Additional advantages of the seating position on a birthing chair:

  • a decreased number of necessary procedures, i.e., episiotomies
  • a decreased number of medical interventions.

Women that want to deliver on a birthing chair must be healthy, with the baby in head position.

Attached are additional informational leaflets on birthing.

Cesarean section

A Cesarean section is delivery by surgical intervention and is recommended in cases where a vaginal delivery may present a risk for the mother or the baby

A Cesarean section is delivery by surgical intervention that involves incision of the mother’s stomach and uterus. Although vaginal delivery is the most natural one, unfortunately, it is not always possible. A Cesarean section is recommended when a vaginal delivery may present a risk for the mother or the baby. Maternity Hospital Podobnik is equipped with an up to date surgery and intensive care unit to accommodate a C-section intervention. Both spinal epidural and general anesthesia are available.

Attached are additional informational leaflets on birthing.

Accomodations

Personalized services in comfortable suites contribute to a better experience.

Our hospital offers private suites where the mother can stay with her newborn. These single bed suits also allow for an additional bed upon request for the spouse or another member of the family. We believe that the closeness of both parents during the first days of the baby’s life are beneficial for the newborn’s health and development, and that it influences the dynamics of the whole family.

Every suite has its own bathroom, AC, telephone, LCD TV, DVD, radio, fridge, and internet access. Experienced staff cares for the mother and baby, helps during breastfeeding, and prepares mothers to care for their babies independently.

Attached are additional informational leaflets on birthing.

Neonatology

Our pediatricians, nurses specialized in neonatology, gynecologists, and midwifes welcome the newborn.

Right after birth the newborn baby is given to the mother because this first skin to skin contact sooths both the mother and the child. After the initial check up, the mother and the child spend some time together in the delivery room before proceeding to the suite.

Pediatricians and nurses specialized in neonatology help with breast feeding, bathing the baby, caring for the skin and umbilical cord, and give all the necessary information that will make the initial days of motherhood happier and easier!

We have also made it possible for spouses to participate in all of the activities – from the moment the umbilical cord is cut, to bathing, changing the baby, and to all the other unforgettable moment that mark the birth of the youngest member of the family!

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Payment is possible with Maestro, Diners, Amex, Visa, MasterCard credit cards, and on 2-12 rates without interests with Diners, Maestro Erste bank, MasterCard Zagreb bank, or credit to 36 rates with Amex and Diners.

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