Every woman who comes to us to give birth to her child has her own story. It’s my job to meet her where she is, and make her safe. According to midwife Eva Samuelsson, who has worked at Danderyd’s women’s clinic for almost 20 years.
Midwife Eva Samuelsson at Danderyds Hospital answers eight common questions before giving birth.
Eight common questions
What happens if I go over time?
A normal pregnancy is 37 to 42 weeks even if you usually say 40 weeks. When you have been 42 weeks, we plan for you to start the so-called induction. If the work gets started before then it is good, because it is your own body that controls and it usually is the best. Getting started can take a long time.
Why should I write a delivery letter?
It is completely voluntary and up to everyone whether you want to do it or not. However, it can be a good way to reflect on how you think about your birth. When it’s time, it can feel hard to concentrate on anything other than just being here and now. For example, you can write down what you feel about pain relief. If there is something you are afraid of. If your partner is worried about something. Or if you have been involved in things in your life that you believe can affect you or your partner during childbirth. It’s up to you if you want to write a delivery letter. And you can always talk to us about everything in place – we are there for you.
How does an amplifier feel?
All women have painkillers during pregnancy and usually they do not hurt. The weakest do not feel at all and the “strongest” may feel like painful menstrual pain, but the experience is individual. However, many women feel that the uterus / stomach becomes hard and that it presses and pushes down. Inducers are irregular and can last from a few hours to several days. When the real painters begin, it is more powerful and regular. Please call your midwife and ask if you are unsure.
How do I know when it’s time?
You can call your childbirth clinic whenever you want, rather once too much than once too little. We inquire about how you feel and sometimes you may come to obstetrical reception for a check. Call if you feel that the child is moving less, if the water has run, if you are bleeding or if the pain has started. Often it is enough to have a conversation with us, where we calm down and give advice. It is only when you have regular pain that has lasted a couple of hours, that it is time to go in. If you arrive too soon there is the risk that you may return home. However, you can call several times while waiting at home. There is always an experienced midwife who responds and our job is to make you safe.
Is it in a hurry if the water has gone?
It used to be believed before, but it is not always so. It may take up to two days for the work to start, even if the water has run out. New amniotic fluid is formed all the time, so you don’t have to worry about the baby getting hit. Call us if the water has gone. If the work has not started within two days, you will be started with us.
When does labor begin?
We usually say that when the cervix is obliterated and you are open 3–4 cm, the delivery is started. How long does a delivery take? That is the most common question, but impossible to answer because it is so incredibly individual. In general, one can say that it is faster for a nanny than for a first nanny. Approximately 12-18 hours from the beginning of childbirth are said to be normal for a firstborn.
Do I have my own midwife?
You have a midwife and a nurse who are responsible for you, but it is common that you will have more than one, since a work session is around 8 hours and a normal delivery often takes longer than that. Changing teams is not a problem. The midwife who finishes her passport, hands over to the next team and informs you of everything that concerns you about to give birth. Before the team departs, they come in and tell us what is happening and present the new midwife and nurse who will help you during upcoming sessions. A change is never done in a critical situation and sometimes the team stays behind their passport to attend when the baby arrives.
What should I bring from home?
As the time for delivery approaches, it is good to have the BB bag packed.
Don’t forget the ID card so you can identify yourself.
Other things that might be good to unpack:
- Slippers or other comfortable shoes
- Own pillow
- Clothes for yourself and the child. Don’t forget the cap for your baby
- A little fruit, drink or candy to raise the blood sugar level as the forces push
- cellular phone
- Car seat for homecoming
- Possible heating pad or own TENS for pain relief