You would think after having two children I would have learned the right questions to ask my obstetrician. During my previous two pregnancies I had taken notes after birth of the questions I’d forgotten to ask. Of course, those questions were tucked away somewhere years later when I found out I was pregnancy with twins. I managed to make it all the way to the last week of my pregnancy before remembering I’d forgotten the list again. This would be my last pregnancy, so I thought I would share my list of questions so you wouldn’t forget to ask your doctor.
Who can be in the delivery room when I’m in labor? I never made it into labor so I guess this question was a moot point.
Who can be in the delivery room during my C-section? I promised my sister she could be in the delivery room during the twin’s birth, but they came extremely early.
If the doctor is out of town who is going to deliver my baby? I had three C-sections and I never remembered to ask this question.
Can I donate my fetal cord blood and placenta to research? I always wanted to support medical research by donating both, but I never remembered to ask.
Can I have a mirror placed in the delivery room so I can watch the C-section? This question is not for all women, but I always wanted to watch the surgery. My husband had the luxury of seeing my uterus placed on my stomach three times and I never remembered to ask for that mirror.
Can pictures be taken in the delivery room? I didn’t want pictures of baby; I wanted pictures of the surgery. Better yet, why didn’t I ask to film the entire event?
Take out a piece of paper and start jotting down a few questions you want to ask your obstetrician. You never know what the answer will be if you don’t ask – right?