Updated 19 November 2014

Choosing your hospital

Here are a few points to consider when deciding on a hospital.

Consider the following when you choose your hospital:

  • Which hospital does your obstetrician use?
  • What can you afford?
  • If you are on medical aid, will your hospital stay be covered and does the hospital charge medical aid rates?
  • How far is the hospital from where you live?
  • Does the hospital have all the facilities you require? (such as a birthing bath if you prefer an underwater delivery)
  • What is the attitude to rooming-in?
  • Can more than one support person (including siblings) be present during labour?
  • Are there semi-private and private rooms available?
  • What are the visiting hours and rules regarding visitors (including siblings)?
  • What is the atmosphere in the ward?
  • What are the security measures?
  • Does the hospital offer in-house support such as a lactation consultant?

(Ilse Pauw, Health24)


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