How to choose your hospital for birth
Consider these 12 questions when you choose your hospital.

1. Which hospital does your obstetrician use?

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2. What can you afford?

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3. If you are on medical aid, will your hospital stay be covered and does the hospital charge medical aid rates?

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4. How far is the hospital from where you live?

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5. Does the hospital have all the facilities you require? (such as a birthing bath if you prefer an underwater delivery)

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6. What is the attitude to rooming-in?

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7. Can more than one support person (including siblings) be present during labour?

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8. Are there semi-private and private rooms available?

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9. What are the visiting hours and rules regarding visitors (including siblings)?

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10. What is the atmosphere in the ward?

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11. What are the security measures?

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12. Does the hospital offer in-house support such as a lactation consultant?

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