Giving birth in Jönköping

Att föda barn i Jönköping - engelskaThe content concerns Jönköpings län

This is giving birth in Jönköping, one of three delivery wards in Jönköping County.

How does it work? - Hur går det till?

The three delivery wards in the county work closely together to ensure safe and effective care for expectant parents and babies. You will usually give birth in the planned hospital, but if it is full, you may be welcomed to give birth in one of the other two hospitals in the region – Eksjö or Värnamo. 

Before you go to the hospital, always call ahead to the delivery ward to consult a midwife with access to the maternity records who will prepare for your arrival. Outside the entrance to the delivery ward, there are four parking spaces where you are allowed to park for a maximum of four hours. You then have to move the car to the hospital’s paid visitor parking.

When you arrive

When you arrive to the delivery ward, your care needs will be assessed by a midwife, and a doctor if needed. Bring identification. Even if the assessment can take a while, your safety is always our top priority.

If you are assessed to be in the latent phase you need to be prepared to go back home to wait for the labour to go into a more active phase. You can prepare for the birth by reading more about the different stages of labour, pain relief and more.

The staff at the delivery ward strives to be present in the delivery room for most of the active delivery. 

It is very important to have support from someone close to you during the delivery. The person giving birth is provided with food and drink. However, your partner or other person accompanying you needs to buy food, for example in the Ryhov cafeteria or restaurant. The alternative is to bring your own food and drink. There is a refrigerator and microwave oven on the ward.

Pain relief - Smärtlindring

We offer both non-medical and medical pain relief methods. The pain relief method is selected in consultation with a midwife. We offer you pain relief methods such as:

  • Help with breathing techniques              
  • Bath/shower
  • Heat
  • Acupuncture
  • Sterile water injections
  • Tactile massage
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Spinal anaesthesia (KEDA and spinal block)
  • Pudendal nerve block (PDB)
  • Painkillers

You can also rent a TENS device from the maternity care service.

We do not provide paracervical block (PCB) however.

Spinal anaesthesia is administered by an anaesthetist. If you want spinal anaesthesia, you can usually have it, but there may be a waiting period depending on the anaesthetist’s workload.

Postnatal care - Vård efter förlossningen

The time you spend in the postnatal ward depends on your need for care, but after a normal delivery you will stay for 6–48 hours. This is provided that both mother and baby are healthy. All babies are examined by a paediatrician before going home. Some will go home right after the birth, while others will spend a few hours in the postnatal ward. After the birth, you will stay in contact with the postnatal ward until the baby is seven days old. After this, you will have contact with the paediatric health service.

Postnatal home care and postnatal clinic - BB-hemma och BB-mottagningen

So that you feel safe to go home as a new family, you will stay in contact with the postnatal ward through postnatal home care and visits to the postnatal clinic until your child is seven days old. Postnatal home care and postnatal clinic are services for families that go home within the first couple of days after the birth. You are offered contact with a midwife via telephone and have a check-up with your child at the postnatal clinic. The midwife can answer any questions and give you advice based on your individual needs.

At the postnatal clinic, we only receive newborns, mothers and partners.

At the postnatal ward - BB

The postnatal ward has two-bed rooms and four-bed rooms. The room and bed you are assigned depends on your need for postnatal care and how many are admitted to the ward.

If there is space, your partner can spend the night in the ward. The aim is to include them in the child’s care. If it is not possible, your partner is welcome to participate in the care of the child during the day.

The charge for each bed, for both mother and partner, is SEK 100 per person and day, which is paid afterwards via invoice. The charge for your partner includes a bed and breakfast.

If your partner wants to eat at the ward, they can. We only accept card payment for this. 

Visits to the postnatal ward

Free visiting hours apply to you, your partner and any siblings of the newborn, if you do not have a cold or other infectious disease. Remember that there is a high risk of infection, so do not remove the newborn from the ward!

Other visitors have to wait until you come home.

Since allergies are common, flowers are prohibited at the entire hospital.

Fear of childbirth - Förlossningsrädsla

If you are very anxious about the birth, you can receive help and support in processing your fear at the Aurora clinic. They can help you if you are so afraid of what will happen before, during or after the birth that you hesitate to become pregnant or do not want to give birth. 

At the Aurora clinic, there are midwives with long experience of maternity care working alongside obstetricians and psychologists. You can get into contact with the Aurora clinic via your midwife in the maternity service.

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