The Mother-Baby Units
Having a baby should be a wonderful, happy experience. And it usually is. But as with any hospital admission, there are risks that you can try to avoid. The hospital birthing process includes four components: prebirth labor, delivery, postpartem baby (care of the infant after birth), and postpartem mother (care of the mother after birth).
The area of the hospital dedicated to childbirth contains the labor and delivery unit, the maternity floor, the well-baby nursery, and neonatal intensive care. This last area requires due consideration because even with the most modern hospitals in the world, tens of thousands of mishaps occur every year during childbirth causing infant death or developmental delays, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and/or limb deformities. Women giving birth can also suffer complications, usually related to hemorrhaging and/or seizure. Often these complications are due to some kind of abnormality in the birth process. However, some are due to faulty monitoring equipment and a few inattentive nurses and doctors. As well, there are some common calamities related to inappropriate placement of the child during the first day of life that cause death or a lifetime of disability.