The CIHSR labour room is attached to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OBG) ward and functions round the clock. The OBG team of doctors and nurses, aim to ensure that both the mother and the baby are safe at the end of the delivery. This is achieved by keen observation; monitoring of the fetal condition, assessment of risk factors and early detection of problems. Minor interventions such as amniotomy and episiotomy are performed if necessary. A paediatrician takes care of all sick infants after birth in a special newborn care facility available inside the labour room to stabilize the sick newborns. Very sick babies are immediately shifted to the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after the baby is stabilized in the labour room.
Throughout the labour period and delivery, the mother’s physical and emotional well-being are regularly assessed by a team of trained nursing staff. This implies measuring of temperature, pulse and blood pressure, checking fluid intake and urine output and assessing pain. This monitoring is maintained until the conclusion of the birthing process.
The labour room is designed to provide the mother with adequate privacy during the birthing process. The mother’s choice of companions will also be respected and the presence of unnecessary persons in the labour room will be avoided.