When it is time to give birth, of course, you will opt to choose a reputable hospital for a healthy and safe delivery. However, throughout those 9 months and even in the delivery room, a mother can feel like they are being used as a specimen from time to time.
With all the prescribed tests, prescribed visits, prescribed drugs and prescribed everything it can get on your nerves and you feel you should be given a chance to give your opinions at some point. It’s your pregnancy and your baby, you don’t have to be told what to do every time.
Well, you are right, and it's important to remember you have rights at the hospital when delivering your baby. Let us take a look at some of these rights.
15 Right to Informed Consent
Your doctor should let you know about the whole procedure and the medication they will be giving you before any procedure is carried out on your body.
The explanation should be in non-medical terms in such a way that someone who is not conversant with medical terms can easily understand.
14 Right to Know Which Medication is Given to Your Baby
Your baby is your life, all mothers can agree with me on this. So every procedure carried out on your baby or any medication given to your baby should be well explained to you.
This explanation should include all the benefits and risks involved.
13 Right to Fill Consent Forms
You have the right to fill consent forms where all the services that will be provided to you are properly listed.
These forms also contain all the rights you are entitled to in a properly documented format. This can be used for reference in case something goes wrong.
12 Right to Make Decisions
You might feel that a certain physician should help you in all your medical needs and even during delivery. You have the right to choose whom you prefer and file a case if you feel a doctor has violated your rights.
However, if your physician is occupied and you are due, another physician is entitled to attend to you.
11 Right to Refuse Treatment
You have the right to refuse treatment and leave in case you do not feel comfortable. In most cases when this occurs, it is because mothers refuse to be treated by trainees because they feel that they are not qualified.
Note: Refusing treatment is your right, but the insurance will not cover for any complications that arise when you refuse treatment.
10 Right to Know About Procedures and Policies.
Some couples prefer being together in the delivery room while in other cases, the woman is not comfortable with the husband around.
Hospitals have set policies regarding such matters. Hence, you have a right to know and see if it suits your preferences and if it fits into your birthing plan.
9 You Have the Right to Change Your Mind
You can change your mind at any point when at the hospital. You can choose a normal delivery instead of a c-section, or you can request that a certain physician attends to you.
However, if the choice endangers your life or your baby’s life, the doctors have the right to take control of the situation.
8 You Have the Right to Choose the Birthplace
You and your partner have the right to choose the birthing center or hospital that you most prefer. You can as well opt to give birth at home, but you have to make the necessary arrangements before the due date.
However, your doctor can recommend changes when there is a need, and regardless of your feelings, it is important to keep an open mind.
7 Your Rights After Giving Birth
After you have given birth, you can choose to stay with your baby near you. You have the right to choose the medication administered to you, but note that there are certain procedures that the law sets out and they should be followed. For instance, testing blindness, hearing difficulties or any disabilities.
6 Your Position of Delivery
It is a standard recommendation in almost all hospitals that women should give birth while lying on their backs. However, some women prefer taking different positions.
You can talk to your healthcare provider and come up with a solution, but of course taking into consideration the risks involved.
5 You Can Refuse Certain Procedures
Routine IVs and cardiotocography, which is monitoring the fetus electronically can sometimes be overdone. If you feel that these processes are too much, you have the right to request a break.
It is your baby, take care of it by all means possible. And that might just mean listening to the doctor, who often--not always--knows best.
4 You Have the Right to Emotional Support
Some hospitals confine women to birth beds when giving birth. I find it abnormal and inhumane, I know some of you support me here.
You have the right to bring your husband with you in the delivery room for emotional support. It's always best to confirm the individual practices of a hospital, ensuring it doesn't interfere with your birth plan.
3 You Have a Right of Being Respected
We know that some doctors or nurses might get offended when you keep on asking questions and seeking clarification. They might feel that you are questioning their professionalism, which of course is not the case.
You have a right to be treated with respect and it is the healthcare professionals duty to ensure your questions are answered and your best interest is met. If you ever feel, or are made to feel, like you are bothering them, then they aren't doing their job properly.
2 You Have a Right to Comfort (yeah!)
You have every right to feel comfortable in the hospital during delivery. You can ask to change rooms or even do away with meals that you do not want. That is your right. However, comfort comes with a price, and you may be required to churn out some extra cash to pay for the extra luxuries.
1 Right to Choose When to Leave the Hospital.
There is a set period that you are supposed to stay in the hospital, but if you do not feel ready to leave yet, then you can request an extension with doctor’s care. Better yet, you can ask to leave earlier if you feel ready to go. The healthcare provider ascertains both applications before permission is granted.