72 Questions to Ask an OB Before Delivery

Congratulations, you’re about to become a mother! This is an exciting time in your life, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. From buying baby gear to preparing your home for the new arrival, there’s a lot to do. And on top of all that, you also need to prepare for labor and delivery.

Your OB-GYN will be a great help to you throughout your pregnancy, so it’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable with. Once you’ve found the perfect OB-GYN, schedule a pre-delivery appointment to discuss any final questions or concerns. To help you prepare for this appointment, we’ve compiled a list of questions that may help you.

72 Questions to ask your OB-GYN before delivery:

  1. How often should I come in for prenatal appointments?
  2. What are the signs that labor is starting?
  3. How will I know when it’s time to go to the hospital?
  4. Who will be present during my delivery?
  5. What are my pain management options during labor and delivery?
  6. Will I need pain medications during labor?
  7. Are there any risks to taking these medications?
  8. What’s your cesarean delivery rate?
  9. How often do you induce labor?
  10. What are the risks associated with induction?
  11. What is your episiotomy rate?
  12. How do you deal with perineal tears?
  13. Do you use a vacuum or forceps during labor? If so, how often?
  14. What’s the length of your average hospital stay for mothers who deliver vaginally?
  15. For mothers who deliver by cesarean section?
  16. Are visitors allowed in the delivery room? If so, how many at a time?
  17. When can I hold my baby after birth?
  18. Can my partner stay with me throughout my hospital stay?
  19. What complications can occur during delivery?
  20. What are the warning signs of these complications?
  21. How will you deal with these complications if they occur?
  22. How long do you expect my labor to last?
  23. How often will you check on me and my baby during labor?
  24. What positions can I labor in?
  25. Can I walk around during labor?
  26. Are there any restrictions on what I can eat or drink during labor?
  27. What happens after delivery – stitches, episiotomy, etc.?
  28. How long will I be in the hospital after delivery?
  29. What’s the best way to reach you or another doctor in your practice if I have questions or concerns outside of office hours?
  30. Are you comfortable with me using a birthing ball during labor?
  31. What are your thoughts on me using a birth plan?
  32. I’m interested in delivering without medication. What do you think about this?
  33. How long do you think it’ll take for our baby to come into the world once I’m induced?
  34. How will you know when it’s time for me to push?
  35. If my labor stalls, what options do we have for moving things along?
  36. If my baby has to be delivered by cesarean section, can my partner/support person be with me in the operating room?
  37. What are the risks associated with a cesarean section?
  38. How often will you check on me and my baby after the delivery?
  39. When can I start breastfeeding?
  40. What are your thoughts on co-sleeping?
  41. What are your thoughts on vaginal delivery or a cesarean section?
  42. How will you monitor my baby’s heart rate during labor?
  43. When do you recommend I come to the hospital/birthing center/etc.?
  44. How do you feel about vaginal steaming?
  45. Do you have any experience with VBACs?
  46. What’s your philosophy on pain management during labor?
  47. What are your thoughts on delayed cord clamping?
  48. Are you comfortable with water births?
  49. Do you have experience with home births?
  50. What are your policies on breastfeeding and pumping?
  51. What are your policies on circumcision?
  52. Do you have any experience with natural births?
  53. What do you think about epidurals for first-time mothers?
  54. What are your policies on postpartum care?
  55. How do you feel about doulas and other support people during labor and delivery?
  56. Can I listen to music during labor?
  57. What kind of support will you provide to my partner during labor?
  58. What’s your procedure for vaginal exams during labor?
  59. How often will you check my dilation during labor?
  60. When will you break my water if my labor is induced or augmented?
  61. What are your policies on episiotomies?
  62. What are your policies on perineal massage during pushing?
  63. What should I do if I’m having trouble breastfeeding?
  64. How often should I feed my baby?
  65. How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
  66. What should I do if my baby is losing weight?
  67. At what point can I start giving my baby solid foods?
  68. What are some signs that my baby is ready for solid foods?
  69. What are some good first foods for my baby?
  70. How often should I feed my baby solid foods?
  71. What are some signs that my baby isn’t ready for solids?
  72. Do you have any advice on how I can recover emotionally and physically after delivery?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the golden hour of birth?

Golden hour birth is a special time when a mother and her baby can enjoy uninterrupted, close contact immediately after birth.

During this time, mother and baby experience a deep sense of connection as they bask in the glow of this new phase of their relationship. This bonding time helps to establish a strong foundation for a healthy and happy relationship between mother and baby. In addition, it offers many benefits for both mother and child.

Overall, the golden hour of birth represents an important opportunity for new mothers and their children to come together in love and begin this exciting new journey together.

How do you prepare for labor?

You must exercise regularly and eat a healthy, balanced diet. This will help you feel good physically and mentally as your due date approaches. 

It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the labor process and what to expect during delivery. This can help you feel more prepared and confident during this exciting, but sometimes overwhelming time. 

It’s important to build a support network of friends and family who can provide emotional and practical support throughout the labor process. With these tips in mind, you can prepare for labor with confidence and ease!

Conclusion

Labor and delivery are unpredictable, but having a good relationship with your OB can help make the experience more manageable for you and your baby. These questions are a good start to preparing for the day of birth. And remember, don’t hesitate to reach out to your OB with any other questions or concerns you may have along the way!

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