What to follow “the doctor or the hospital’. This is a question I have asked myself earlier and a question I often have heard when a mummy-to-be is trying to decide where to deliver their baby in Dubai .
It’s certainly not easy to choose doctor/hospital here but the most important thing is that you chose one which feels right for YOU.
I was very happy about the birth of my two children here in Dubai. I was especially very happy with my birth doctor here – but its not always been like that.
In the beginning I was going to a doctor at one of the big hospitals here, I loved the facilities and the doctor was very knowledgeable, but could never remember me or my file so every time I had to use the first 10 min explaining my situation and who I was and then time was out before we even started… I understand they have hundreds of patients but at least read my papers before I enter the door!! It resulted in a lack of trust and I decided to change doctor after my week 12 scan.
I was recommended a Danish Doctor, Dr Anni at Dr Asp & Nicolas – I’m danish and I was honestly tempted to have a doctor which I knew would understand me 100%, some things are just difficult to explain in another language. At the same I felt she was very relaxed and easy-going which is what I personally want my doctor to be. Its also not always easy to understand the medical system here so we needed a trustful provider. Also Dr Anni had a reputation as someone who support natural birth and also hypo-birthing which was the prenatal couse I was following. These things helped me make the decision and also I do expect a certain personal touch – that’s important for me.
My doctor at the time were connected to Al Zahra hospital where I also gave birth. We went there for a tour and its an amazing facility, not to crowded, modern and has some great birth facilities. I know Dr Anni no longer deliveres here so I can’t speak for the hospital alone but I will say for me the doctor was more important than the hopsital. I do think most hospitals here have nice staff and new facilities but the doctors are very different in their approach. I would therefore try to focus on the doctor, however many people say they choose somewhere reasonably close as you do not want to sit to long in a car with contractions!!!
Hostly speaking we only know after the birth whether the choice is correct – but when you need to chose your doctor you can consider some of these points;
- First of all try to find out whats important for YOU, is it language, experience, hospital, location…?
- Does the your doctor understand and support your birth wishes – take this up in the early stages of pregnancy.
- What hospital is your doctor working with and are both the doctor and hospital covered by your insurance?
- If its important for you to do a natural birth ask questions around how many natural births they have attended.
- Ask when/how they recommend induction before/on/after the due date and compare with your own expectations.
- If you know you are going to/trying to avoid a cesarian ask about their c-section rate and under which circumstances they do a cesarean.
- Ask what routine they normally follow up to week 40, during labor and birth.
- How easy is it to make an appointment.
- Can husband/birth partner attend at all times and ask if you can have more than one birth companion if you wish so.
- Try to have a tour in the hospital before birth.
- Ask what kind of pain relief (natural as well as none) they have in the hospital.
- Communication between you and doctor – does it feel right and does the doctor make you feel confident and relaxed.
Use your intuition and decide early who your doctor or medical provider is going to be. Good luck x