The Maternal-Infantile-Medicine Perinatal Department receives on average about 1500 parts per year, thus placing itself among the top birth points for safety and quality of care, without having to give up the customization of the care of pregnant women.
It also boasts two pink stamps: the prestigious certification that Onda, the National Observatory on Women’s Health, assigns to the structures that pay particular attention to the treatment courses organized to meet the needs of women patients.
SERVICES AND FACILITIES
Future mothers who choose the San Giuseppe Hospital, if they have a physiological pregnancy, i.e. without any particular risk, are checked over the course of the nine months with 3 ultrasound scans and one visit every 4 – 5 weeks. Duo tests, fetal DNA and amniocentesis are available to investigate the health of the child.
There are seven active outpatient clinics:
- for physiological pregnancy
- for pathological pregnancy
- for physiological newborns
- for premature infants for infants with problems
- to provide psychological support after birth
- for pelvic floor rehabilitation
Services include cord blood collection for autologous use (i.e. for personal use in the future), midwives-nurses at home and the milk bank, where mothers can donate their own. In San Giuseppe there are also several courses for parents, before and after childbirth.
LABOR AND CHILDBIRTH
During the labor, the woman is given maximum freedom, who decides how to deal with it in the most comfortable way for her.
The anaesthesia service is active and available 24 hours a day, meeting the wide demand for peridural analgesia.
Birth is available in water, which reduces the perception of the pain of labor, helps the woman in this first phase.
For the expulsive phase, some women choose to leave the water to finish the birth in more comfortable positions, for example using a liana, which is very helpful during the thrusts.
Dads can attend the birth and, if the condition allows, cut the umbilical cord.
The newborn baby is then placed in skin-to-skin contact with his mother, who can immediately begin to attach it to the breast, thus facilitating the arrival of the milk whipped.
This choice is the most shared: about 80% of new mothers welcome it.
However, the mother has the choice not to breastfeed, without being judged or feeling guilty.
TWO HOURS LATER, TWO DAYS LATER
After two hours with the parents, the child is taken by the paediatric nurse for the first visit of the neonatologist and for the bath.
The new mother is taken to her room where the baby will be brought to her shortly after, and she can stay with her at all times.
In fact, rooming-in is provided for, but only if the mother so desires.
When she is tired and wants to rest, she can take her baby to the nursery, which is open: this means that there is always a nurse to welcome and take care of the children, who however mothers can recover when they want.
During the stay, the newborn baby is subjected to various controls provided by the protocols, including hearing screening to exclude congenital deafness.
Discharge occurs after two days of hospitalization, if the birth was physiological, after four days in case of Caesarean section.
The new mother is not left to herself: even after leaving the hospital she can contact the ward staff, for example, in case of doubts regarding the care of the baby and breastfeeding.
THE INTERVIEW WITH THE NEONATOLOGIST
Before leaving the hospital, the new parents will have an interview with the neonatologist, who will hand over and explain the letter of discharge of their child.
This document indicates the salient data relating to his birth, the results of the examinations carried out and the recommended controls, which include:
- the appointment for the first check-up, which is carried out at the nest a few days after discharge in order to verify the growth and health of the newborn and to respond to any doubts of the parents;
- the execution of the ultrasound of the hips, for the early diagnosis of hip dysplasia, to be performed within the third month of life, and any other checks, if deemed necessary according to the case.
FOR MOTHERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
The hospital has a Physiopathology of Pregnancy Unit, headed by Dr. Emilio Grossi, dedicated to gestations with problems:
- threats of abortion,
- threat of premature birth,
- cervical incontinence,
- the child’s growth deficit,
- autoimmune diseases,
- thyroid alterations,
- hereditary anemia,
- placenta previa,
- repeated caesarean section.