Prepare your stay in the Maternity ward
CAN I VISIT THE MATERNITY WARD BEFORE GIVING BIRTH?
Yes, we organise guided tours of the maternity ward and of the delivery room:
- In the St-Elisabeth site (Uccle): First WEDNESDAY of the month in Dutch, second and third WEDNESDAY of the month in French and fourth WEDNESDAY of the month in English.On the day, you are expected at 7pm at the entrance hall of the clinic.
- In the St-Michel site (Etterbeek): by appointment, group tours. Each month, four tours are organised in French, one in Dutch and one in English. Visits in French are at 7pm and visits in Dutch and English are at 2pm. The same day, you are expected at the entrance of the Maternity Ward of the clinic.
You can obtain further information and the schedule from the gynaecological secretariat during office hours:
- St-Elisabeth site - Phone 02-614 27 30
- St-Michel site - Phone 02-614 39 80
CAN I HAVE SOMEONE WITH ME IN THE DELIVERY ROOM?
In the delivery room, you may be accompanied by the person of your choice (partner, relative...).
WHAT IS THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE DELIVERY ROOM?
In the St-Elisabeth site, we have four modern delivery rooms, one of which includes a jacuzzi and a birth pool for water deliveries. Each delivery room is fitted with a birthing bed, a birthing ball, a birth pool and a hi-fi stereo.
In the St-Michel site, we have five modern delivery rooms and two dilation pools.
On both sites, we also have various technological tools, including a centralised monitoring system that enables to monitor the delivery on a computer, pain medication pumps, droppers, changing tables for the new-born, etc.
WHAT IS THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE MATERNITY WARD?
We have single rooms, with or without a small annex for the baby, and double rooms. All the rooms are equipped with a bathroom featuring a shower, a toilet, a sink and a hair-dryer, a fridge, a television set, a Wi-Fi connection and a phone.
In single rooms, the father can also spend the night (for an extra charge). We will do all we can to adapt our care to the rhythm of the baby and the mother.
The accompaniment is done individually. If the baby requires phototherapy (in the case of new-born jaundice), it will be conducted in the room. During your stay at the maternity ward, you will receive the visit of a nurse from either O.N.E. or Kind & Gezin.
WHEN IS IT TIME FOR ME TO GO TO THE MATERNITY WARD?
Come immediately if your waters break, if there is bleeding, if your child moves less, if you are worried, if after 37 weeks of pregnancy you have been having contractions every three minutes for two to three hours (for your first child), or if you have been instructed to do so by your gynaecologist/midwife.
HOW DO I MAKE MY WAY TO THE DELIVERY ROOM?
In the St-Elisabeth site, from 7am to 8pm, you can use the main entrance to go to the maternity ward and to the delivery room located on the second floor. For emergency cases and from 8pm to 7am, you must go through the Emergency Ward, where you will be guided to our unit.
In the St-Michel site, you should go to the emergency ward 24/7, where you will be told how to get to the maternity ward.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR MY STAY AT THE MATERNITY WARD?
Bring a minimum amount of luggage for the first 24 hours; you will then be housed in the maternity ward. Do not hesitate to bring your camera, video recorder and relaxation equipment (music, massaging oil...)
For your stay in the delivery room, please bring:
- Dressing gown
- Toiletries for the parents
- A jersey for the father
- Bodysuit and pyjama for the baby
For your stay in the maternity ward, please bring the following documents and personal belongings:
- Identity card or passport or resident permit
- Prepare a down payment
- Medical documents (e.g. blood group card)
- Marriage certificate
- Insurance document
2. Personal belongings
- For the mother:
- Dressing gown
- Nightdress/loose-fitting pyjama
- Bras (optionally breastfeeding bra)
- Wipes and face cloth
- For the baby:
- Romper suits
- Wipes and face cloths
- Brush and comb
- Nappies and toiletries (also on sale at the maternity ward)
- Nail files
We recommend preparing a small bundle per day for the baby (bodysuit, pyjama, socks, towel and face cloth...).