If you’ve never entered a birth room you probably don’t know what it looks like. And more: if you are pregnant and fear how the hospital room might be (due to phobia or trauma, for example), this content aims to reassure you and let you know more about the space. Thus, the more information you have about the moment, the calmer you will feel and you can go through the contractions in a smooth way.
After all, the lack of information tends to create taboos and fears that, in most cases, can be irrational. So, follow this content and learn all about
How is the delivery room? What equipment is used?
But after all, what’s in the delivery room? What are the immediate care for the newborn in the delivery room?
To answer these two questions, we made a list of everything in the delivery room and some notes on the features of each of these equipment and materials. This way you will already know what the room is like and, by the time you are in the hospital, you will already feel more “familiarized” with the space. Look:
- Heated transport cradle: In this heated crib with a temperature similar to that of the uterus, the baby will stay to receive the first care and not “stranger” the ambient temperatures. It is worth mentioning that in some hospitals this heated cradle is in a separate room.
- Gas strip: The gas strip has oxygen and compressed air output. It also has an amniotic fluid aspirator.
- Anesthesia trolley: In the anesthesia car, the doctor will be able to find medicines and equipment necessary to ensure the well-being and safety of the mother in labor.
- Electrocautery: This electric scalpel is responsible for promoting cuts and cauterizations concomitantly, decreasing the chances that the mother will have a hemorrhage.
- Hamper: Container where all the garbage and discarded materials are thrown away.
- Operating table: Place where the pregnant woman should lie down, placing her legs on the support and waiting for medical recommendations.
- Armchair for companion: The seat for the companion is also important to maintain the comfort and well-being of the relative / friend.
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What are the immediate care for the newborn in the delivery room?
Understood how a delivery room works, comes another very recurring question in the daily life of any pregnant woman: what is the care with the NB? Below we briefly explain:
- The newborn will be wrapped in a sterile sheet that aims to clean the secretions and keep the baby warm.
- Afterwards, airway clearance is facilitated, as well as mucus are removed from the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Finally, aspiration of the mucus present and which could cause obstruction of the esophagus, for example, is aspirated.
Remembering that the baby will be kept warm during the hygiene process to ensure your comfort and well-being.
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Which professionals are present at the time of delivery?
Now that you know how the delivery room is organized and what are the essential equipment for everything to work in the best possible way, meet the “cast” of professionals who will be working on this very special day:
- Nursing technician / room circulator: This professional assists the technical team in any procedure that needs to be done during delivery.
- Obstetrician: Professional responsible for childbirth, that is, is directly involved with the main procedures.
- Auxiliary Obstetrician: Responsible for assisting the doctor throughout the delivery. It is this auxiliary professional who delivers surgical instruments and materials to the doctor.
- Obstetric nurse: She accompanies all the labor, clears doubts from the mother and the companion and also calms both. This professional presents the team and all the details of the place, being responsible for keeping everything organized and “within the limits”.
- Anesthetist: Medical professional who is responsible for the patient’s analgesia or anesthesia, controlling the sensations of pain and making the delivery more balanced.
- Pediatrician: Finally, the pediatrician is also present at the time the baby is born, in order to carry out the necessary tests to ensure the health and well-being of the little one.
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And the companion, where is it?
The companion, as seen in the first topic, will have an exclusive chair to be able to accompany the entire process in the delivery room. The role of the companion is to provide emotional support for the future mother who, in the midst of the “whirlwind” of events, may feel very anxious, stressed or even “sad” and afraid that nothing will go right.
All women have the right having a companion in the delivery room during all the procedure. Even in times of a pandemic, this right has been maintained, taking all appropriate measures to maintain the protection of the mother, the baby, the companion and all the health professionals who are there.
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