Check out your maternity services

Check out your maternity services

Questions to ask
These are some of the questions you may want to ask about a maternity service. You should also feel free to ask any other questions that you have:

About labour and delivery

  • Are fathers, close relatives or friends welcome in the delivery room?
  • Are they ever asked to leave the room – if so, why?
  • Can I move around in labour and find my own position for the birth?
  • What is the policy on induction, pain relief, routine monitoring?
  • Are epidurals available?
  • What equipment is available, for example mats, a birthing chair or beanbags?
  • Are there birthing pools?


  • How soon can I go home?
  • What services are provided for sick babies?
  • Who will help me to breastfeed my baby?
  • Who will help me if I choose to formula feed?
  • Are babies with their mothers all the time or is there a separate nursery?
  • What are visiting hours?
  • Are there any special rules about visiting?
  • Find out more details about giving birth at home or in hospital

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