One of the mums-to-be from our NCT group sent round a link to a video that’s a guide to the maternity services at King’s College Hospital – where we’ll all be giving birth shortly – that explains all about the labour and birth facilites there.
The video covers a variety of topics including having your baby at the hospital, signs and symptoms of labour – as well as the all-important question of when to go in once contractions start! – established labour, monitoring, pain relief options and post-birth care. There’s also feedback from lots of midwives, and some new mums with their incredibly cute and tiny newborn babies.
It’s such a simple idea to produce a clip like this for future parents, but it’s so effective; it answers loads of questions, especially as it’s not always convenient for people to visit ahead of the main event. Alex and I are quite lucky in the respect that we’ve seen the labour wards there and covered lots of the information during our NCT classes, but still found the video really useful to watch. So here you go, here’s a guide to the maternity services at King’s College Hospital.