Childbirth in steps

Arriving at the maternity unit

  • On your arrival at the maternity hospital, a midwife or a doctor on call takes charge of you. Don’t forget to take your medical record with you (including in particular your blood tests, two blood group and rhesus factor determinations, etc.).
  • Your medical record allows the healthcare professional to find out more about you and they will ask you if your waters have broken and how frequent your contractions are. These questions will enable them to determine how far advanced labour is.
  • The midwife then carries out the first examinations: taking your temperature and blood pressure, urine analysis to look for the presence of sugar and albumin, palpation of the uterus and searching for your baby’s heartbeat. The midwife will also perform a vaginal touch to determine the dilation of the cervix and the position of your baby in your pelvis.
  • Once these exams have been performed and if the results are satisfactory, you will be taken to a labour room (depending on the maternity hospital) for about 30 minutes and placed under monitoring. Two sensors positioned on your stomach record the contractions of your uterus and your baby’s heartbeat.


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