Your questions

vos-questionsWhen should I come to the maternity unit?

You should come to the maternity unit when you experience:

  • regular contractions;
  • loss of the cervical mucous plug; or
  • your waters break or leak, indicating the amniotic sac is pierced.

These are the first 3 signs indicating that the birth is imminent.

Other signs should also alert you, and you must come to the maternity unit if you experience:

  • reduction of fœtal movement (your baby moves much less);
  • loss of blood (significant vaginal bleeding);
  • abnormal pain or fever; or
  • severe headaches, dizziness, general illness.

If you are in any doubt, please call a delivery room midwife, who will advise you, on the following number: +352 26333-9110 (day or night).

Should I call before coming to the maternity unit?

If your arrival is unplanned, it is best to call the delivery room on the following number: +352 26333-9110 (day or night).

Is the clinic open 24/7?

We are a 24-hour clinic. The doors of the building are open during the day between 6.30 am and 9 pm. At night, you can reach a midwife directly via the interphone near the door marked "Night Entrance".

What should I bring?

Please read the list of items you should bring with you here.

  • You must also bring the following documents:
  • proof of identity
  • social security card
  • blood group information
  • your pregnancy record book or your medical liaison form
  • all other documents concerning your pregnancy

What does a contraction feel like?

A contraction feels like a slow and progressive hardening of the uterus with periods of rest in between that enable the mother and fœtus to recover.
These contractions become more intense and closer together in time as the labour progresses, until the baby is born.

It is a contraction of the uterine muscle, causing thinning and dilation of the cervix. The pain of contractions can be likened to intense period pains.

How does it feel when your "waters break"?

A more or less abundant discharge of translucent warm liquid can occur. You should remain watchful for this, even if the amount of water lost is very small. You will not necessarily experience contractions when your waters break.

How long can labour last?

This varies from one woman to another. However, for a first child, labour can last on average 8 to 10 hours. If your first labour was fast, we advise you to come in as soon as you experience your first painful contractions.

Will my doctor be informed when I arrive?

Upon your arrival, you will be seen by a midwife who will complete your entry examination forms. She will then contact your doctor to inform him or her of your arrival. If your doctor is absent, a substitute doctor will be contacted.

Can I have an epidural at any stage of the labour?

The anaesthetist will be present throughout the labour to administer an epidural at the most appropriate time, as defined by you, the anaesthetist and the midwife. An epidural requires at least 20 minutes to effectively control the pain.

What about the father during the birth/caesarean?

The father's presence enables the couple to experience the first steps of parenthood together. Therefore, he may be present alongside the mother to support her throughout the labour and participate in the birth of his child. If the father is absent, another trusted person may accompany the mother-to-be.

When is the baby first put on the breast?

As soon as the baby is born, "skin-to-skin" (mother-child direct skin contact) occurs, followed by the first "latching on" (baby is put to the breast). If you would prefer to give artificial milk (bottle-feeding), a first bottle of glucose mixture will be given to the newborn after the "skin-to-skin".

When is baby's first bath?

The first bath will take place on the maternity unit in the presence of the parents the day after the birth. In certain cases (presence of Group B streptococcus, or meconium in the amniotic fluid, etc.), the baby will be bathed immediately upon transfer to the maternity unit.