Having a baby should be a soothing and comfortable experience. Expectant mothers require special care and the best support to ensure their birthing experience is memorable and comfortable.
To safeguard this beautiful experience, Fakeeh University Hospital at Dubai Silicon Oasis provides expectant mothers a unique feature that enables them to deliver comfortably in the same room as their admission room. These convertible suites are called birthing centres. Among other benefits, it saves the mother the trauma of having to go back and forth from the operation theatre as and when contractions occur and subside, in addition to having her family, especially her husband, by the side during the entire process.
The labour, delivery, and recovery rooms
Fakeeh University Hospital has a specialised area for birthing with several luxury rooms and a dedicated operation theatre, completely sterilised for Covid-19 protection, in case of birthing emergencies.
At the heart of the birthing experience are the birthing centres or the labour, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms.
"What makes the birthing centres so unique is that all expecting mothers are provided with the care they need within the confines of one room; this includes labour, delivery and recovery,” says Dr Ghassan Lotfi, HOCD and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. “The advantage is that the mother does not have to leave the room for her delivery. Once settled in the room, it will be utilised for labour and birth, including recovery.”
"What makes the birthing centres so unique is that all expecting mothers are provided with the care they need within the confines of one room; this includes labour, delivery and recovery.
Each room has an evidence-based design, fully equipped for all kinds of births and manage minor medical events and procedures. It is fitted with life-saving resuscitation equipment for newborns in addition to a warmer.
Benefits of LDR rooms
• Mother does not leave the room for delivery
• Baby is by the mother’s side from the time it is born
• Fully equipped for all kinds of births
• Can manage minor medical events and procedures
• Is much safer in the pandemic era
• Has equipment to provide newborn care
• Creates a more comfortable and soothing environment
• Has an evidence-based design
“The hospital also has a fully equipped neonatal intensive care unit and a dedicated team of highly qualified women’s health experts that can manage high-risk pregnancies,” says Dr Lotfi.
The women's health department not only manages childbirth and pregnancies but it is also a specialised centre for pelvic health and minimally invasive surgeries that includes hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation for heavy bleeding, hysteroscopic resection of the endometrium for heavy bleeding, hysteroscopic resection of fibroids and polyps, uterine septum, vaginal surgery, and urogynaecology.
Midwife-led normal delivery programme
Fakeeh University Hospital provides the midwife-led programme for mothers who prefer having a natural delivery rather than a medicated delivery. Seasoned midwives provide one-to-one care, while experienced resident doctors and senior doctors are available to deal with any emergency during the second stage of labour.
With the help of eight water birthing pools, Fakeeh University Hospital facilitates normal delivery with non-medicated labour and less pain during the first stage. It may also decrease the need for an epidural or other spinal pain relief and lowers the chances of stress incontinence post-delivery.
Neonatal intensive care unit
For times when the newborn may require special attention, Fakeeh University Hospital has a fully equipped, high-end neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with 16 bassinets. The NICU is led by an experienced consultant neonatologist and a team of experienced specialist and nurses.
The parenthood programme
Under this programme, the hospital ensures that its team gives necessary information and support to every couple.
"In addition to its own state-of-the-art birthing units, guaranteeing a smooth and safe delivery for all expecting mothers, the hospital offers FUH Life-Parenthood programme, which helps expecting mothers along their journey to parenthood, putting the mother and her child first," says Dr Alaa Younus Mohammed, Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.
Through an integrated care approach, the hospital works with a multidisciplinary team to serve both expectant mother and baby.
"Through an integrated care approach, the hospital works with a multidisciplinary team to serve both expectant mother and baby. Complimentary classes are conducted every week covering various concerns of new parents right from labour pain management and breastfeeding to baby safety and more."
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