If you go on maternity visit, of course, you want it to be as cozy as possible for the new family. A new baby is a big change in the life of new parents. It is good to take this into account. For you as a maternity visit, the visit can be more enjoyable if you know in advance what to expect. These maternity visit tips give you some guidelines.
Do not come unannounced on maternity visit
You better not go on a maternity visit without an appointment. Everything is new for the new parents and together with their newborn baby, they are trying to find a rhythm. On the birth announcement is often indicated on which days and times you can come along, try to keep to this. Also, a telephone number is often mentioned, so you can let us know in advance that you want to come along. How long after the delivery you can best go on a maternity visit depends on your relationship with the new mom and dad. As mother/father or best friend (in) it is logical that you go as quickly as possible with a car full of stuffed animals. If you are a bit further away from the parents, as a colleague or acquaintance, you can probably wait a few weeks. Send a message to make an appointment, then the proud parents can respond when it suits them. Calling is also a possibility, but keep in mind that it may not be recorded. If you are just changing a diaper, it is not so easy to pick up the phone.
Come at the agreed time
During the maternity period, the maternity nurse and baby desperately need their rest. They probably invite you to their rest periods. In addition, they often have several visitors in one day. Make sure you do not come too early or too late. So you have all the time to admire the new baby and to congratulate the parents, without the next being on the sidewalk. Check out tips to conceive a boy for further details.
Do not stay too long!
However nice the maternity visit is for young parents, it also costs energy. This energy is now very important for mother, father, and child. You will probably be appreciated if you do not stay longer than an hour. Many people find it difficult to send visitors away, so feel that it is time to leave. And otherwise you just keep on clocking: an hour is enough.
Wash your hands if you can hold the baby
A newborn baby has little resistance and is therefore extra vulnerable. If you are ill, you can better postpone your maternity visit. But even if you are not sick, you take a lot of bacteria with you. Many parents, therefore, like it when you first wash your hands before you hold their baby, but do not dare to ask for it. Do this, therefore, yourself, you will see that this is appreciated. Do not assume that you can hold the baby. Especially in the first weeks, parents can find it very exciting when others hold their baby. Even if he has just fallen asleep, you can let the little one lying down. You can also admire the new child just by looking at him or gently stroking his hand.
Do not give unsolicited tips or advice on maternity visits
For new parents, all unsolicited tips and advice from maternity visitors can be annoying or even hurtful. Everyone has their own ideas about parenting and often there is not just one right way. No matter how well-intentioned your advice is, come to the maternity ward. Listen to the new parents and avoid your own vision and opinion. If the new parents want tips or advice, they ask you for it yourself. Often they have help from a maternity nurse who can help them everywhere. So if you feel that you can not keep up, take a bite of your biscuit with mice and swallow your tips immediately.
The baby is always beautiful and sweet!
For every parent, their baby is always the most beautiful and sweetest in the world. Rightly so! But to be honest, not all newborn babies are equally beautiful. It speaks for itself, but of course, you never say this to the parents! New parents are incredibly proud of their baby and do not want to hear your honest opinion about this. If you do not want to say that the baby is beautiful, you can say that he is cute or cute, that applies to all babies. Or focus on something that you like or that you notice; big eyes, a bunch of hair, a sweet snub nose or small fingers. There is always something to come up with. There is nothing wrong with saying anything, so try to give it a positive spin.
Do not let the maternity nurse do anything unless she wants it
Is the maternity nurse alone at home if you come to a maternity visit? Then help her a hand. Offer to make the coffee yourself or to spread the biscuit with mice. After all, she has just given birth and is perhaps a bit weakened. Help is then welcome. Does she find it difficult to accept help or give things away? Then propose to do it together under the guise of ‘many hands making light work’. Does she really want it? Then try to let go and let her do what she wants.
Prepare your children well for the maternity visit
With previous tips, it already came forward, but peace is now very important for mother and child. If you have young children, they can provide a lot of pressure. How much fun the maternity woman normally thinks, now it can be too much. So tell your children in advance that they have to be calm during the maternity visit. You can also choose to leave your little thunder stones at home. They can still meet the new baby at a later date.
Offer if you can help with anything
The first weeks are very tiring for the new parents. Offer therefore whether you can help them with something. A small message is a small effort for you but can be a great relief for them. This is of course not mandatory, but you will see that it is very appreciated.
A maternity gift is thoughtful
Of course, they find your arrival the most important and a gift is not necessary. If you still want to give something, please take the gift into account with the parents. If they are small, do not come with a teddy bear of a meter. And if they prefer not to want everything pink for their daughter, respect this and buy something in a different color. Do they already have a child? Then it is thoughtful if you also bring a little something for the big brother or sister. A CTG examination is usually carried out at the hospital’s gynecologist by a specialist nurse. This happens externally or internally. Sometimes you can do it yourself at home.
CTG during pregnancy
A CTG during your pregnancy is usually external. You then get two bands around your stomach with two devices with sensors. One device, the doppler , measures the heart rate of your baby. The other device, the tocometer, can detect activity in your uterus by detecting changes in the shape of your uterus. Both the heartbeat of your child and your uterus activity are immediately visible on a monitor. The nurse will tell you what she does and what you can see. An external CTG examination takes at least 30 minutes. This time is necessary to obtain a reliable result. Nowadays the devices are increasingly wireless, so you can just walk around. Is not this the case? Then you have to lie for half an hour. Your partner may be present during the examination, so you are not alone (or lies).
The heartbeat of your baby during your pregnancy
The heart of your baby is a lot faster than yours: no less than 110 to 160 times per minute. It is normal for his heart rhythm to vary. That way the heartbeat of your baby goes up when it moves. To move, your baby needs oxygen in his blood, so the heart will pump faster to provide him with oxygen. That the heart rate goes up, therefore means that he has enough oxygen in his bloodstream. Does not the heart rate go up? Then this is a reason to keep an extra eye on your child and check it regularly.
CTG during childbirth
During the delivery, you will get an external CTG if your membranes have not yet been broken. If your membranes are broken, you will get an internal CTG. This usually measures the data more accurately than an external device.
With an internal CTG, your baby gets an electrode on his head or tailbone, depending on his location. This measures his heartbeat. With you, a pressure gauge is inserted through your vagina and placed in your uterus. This measures contractions activity. The CTG keeps the whole delivery connected to keep a close eye on the condition of your child. A wireless device is usually waterproof, so you can just go in the shower or bath during childbirth if you like.
The heartbeat of your baby during delivery
When you have a woe, the heartbeat of your baby drops. This is normal and quickly recovers. Sometimes the heart rhythm does not recover or his heart rate goes too fast or too slow for a long time. The gynecologist can then decide to have your baby born faster, for example with the help of a vacuum pump. In an exceptional case, a Caesarean section is required.
How often a CTG
How often you get a CTG depends on the reason why the research is carried out. So you can get it as a one-off extra check to see if everything is okay with your child. You may need to check more often. This can sometimes be done on an outpatient basis, where you have to go to the hospital several times a week for an examination. Depending on the cause, you may need a CTG every day. Then a hospital admission is desired.
Nowadays you do not always have to go to the hospital if you need daily monitoring. It can become more common at home. You will then receive a CTG device home and can carry out the checks at home. Every day or several times a week, a specialist nurse comes to your house to view the results. It also carries out a number of other checks, for example, a blood pressure measurement or urinalysis. Home monitoring is only possible if your gynecologist gives permission for this. You must of course also want and be able to do this yourself. It differs for each hospital in which other conditions are set for home monitoring.