Baby on board

A guide to being pregnant, giving birth and becoming parents for women and partners, who choose to have their baby at Herlev Hospital.

Welcome

Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to Herlev Hospital.

This leaflet aims to give you and your partner an overview of what Herlev Hospital can offer you during pregnancy, labour and the first days after your delivery. Hence this guide will start with the most relevant information regarding your pregnancy, followed by general information on your labour and finally information on what to expect the first days after your baby is born.

Having a baby is a special occasion and knowing what to expect, in a foreign country especially, can be difficult. If you are not a native English-speaker, you might want to consider having an interpreter at your side, when you see your midwife or doctor.

This service is free in Denmark and can be arranged by your midwife/ doctor. You can contact the midwife if you have any questions, concerns or individual needs.

We are looking forward assisting you during this exciting time

Pregnancy

During pregnancy you are offered two ultrasound scans and three appointments with your general practitioner (GP). However, your midwife is going to be your main contact. You will see her between four and six times during your pregnancy. These appointments will be more frequent towards the end of your pregnancy. We aim for you to see the same midwife every time, but you might meet a different midwife in case of sickness or holidays.

Your midwife and your doctor are going to check your blood pressure, urine and weight (optionally). They will ensure your and your baby’s wellbeing, measure the size of your uterus and assess the baby’s size and position, as well as listen to the baby’s heart rate (though not in early pregnancy). Internal examinations are not common in Denmark, unless there is a need for it. Apart from your first appointment, each consultation with your midwife lasts approximately 20 minutes.

You will have to arrange appointments with your GP at 25 and 32 weeks of pregnancy yourself, however the appointments with your midwife will be arranged with her at each visit. If necessary we will arrange appointments for glucose tolerance tests, ultrasound scans or with an obstetrician - your midwife will know

You are welcome to ask questions at each session and your midwife will inform you briefly on topics such as labour and breastfeeding. However, we strongly advise you to attend our antenatal classes in English.

In case of any urgent concerns at any time during your pregnancy past 18 weeks, such as bleeding, severe pain or less fetal movements you can call our Assessment Unit - day and night. You will talk to a midwife, who will give you advice or ask you to come to the hospital if a check up is required.

Pregnancy calendar

This is a general overview for appointments in pregnancy.

  • 6-10 weeks: GP, you will have to book an appointment yourself
  • 12-14 weeks: Nuchal translucency scan/ dating scan, you will have to book an appointment yourself
  • 15-21 weeks: Midwife
  • 18-20 weeks: Anomaly scan
  • 25 weeks: GP, you will have to book an appointment yourself
  • 28-29 weeks: Midwife. Anti-D injection, only if your blood type is Rhesus negative and your baby is supposedly Rhesus positive
  • 32 weeks: GP, you will have to book an appointment yourself
  • 35-36 weeks: Midwife
  • 38-39 weeks: Midwife.
  • 40-41 weeks: Midwife
  • 41+5 weeks: Induction of labour

In Denmark a so called Vandrejournal, a blue transparent copy, is used as a communication tool by all the specialists involved in your care. Therefore we kindly ask you to bring it to every appointment. In general it might be a good idea to carry it with you at all times, in case you need acute help.

If, for some reason, concerns or complications during pregnancy arise, you will be referred to an obstetrician or our Assessment Unit Fødemodtagelsen.

If you need close observation you will be admitted to our Antenatal Ward, where midwives and nurses will be looking after you and your baby. Luckily most conditions can be treated and observed by the means of outpatient appointments.

MRSA

MRSA is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to a number of widely used antibiotics. This means it can be more difficult to treat than other bacterial infections.

Many people carry the MRSA bacteria, but will never have any symptoms. If you are carrying the MRSA bacteria and become weak or sick, there is a risk the bacteria will develop into a severe infection. Therefore it is the hospitals interest to lower the risk for the bacteria to spread to other patients.

You need to go to your GP to get screened for MRSA, if you have experienced any of the following:

  • If you have been hospitalized abroad more then 24 hours, within the last 6 months (apart from Scandinavia or The Netherlands).
  • If you or any of your relatives have been infected with MRSA within the last 6 months.
  • If you or any relatives have been working with pigs within the last 6 months.

If you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact your midwife, she will be able to give you further information and advice.

Antenatal classes

Antenatal classes are provided every month for English speaking pregnant women and their partners, who have chosen Herlev Hospital.
Here, midwives will inform you about what Herlev Hospital can offer you, your partner and your baby during childbirth and the first days of maternity.

The classes will last approximately three hours and take place in the Auditorium at Herlev Hospital, which can easily be reached from the Main Entrance. There is no need for signing up if you wish to participate. Please see our website for further information and dates.

We kindly ask you to seek basic information about pregnancy and maternity before attending antenatal classes, as we belive that a combination of the two will make you prepared for giving birth as well as parenthood. We recommend that you attend the classes with your partner/birth companion from around 34 weeks of gestation.

The content will be the same each month, so you will only have to attend once.

You and your partner are welcome to ask questions during and after the session. You are welcome to bring food and beverages, which you can consume during the break, as it is not allowed to eat or drink inside the Auditorium.

We are looking forward to seeing you. For any further questions please contact your midwife.

The delivery

It is normal to give birth within 37-42 weeks of gestation. Labour starts with either contractions or the waters breaking. The contractions will increase in strength, frequency and duration.

It is time to call the Assessment Unit, when the waters break – or if the contractions are 3-4 minutes apart (and each last 1 minute), and have been that way for 1-2 hours. In addition you are welcome to call in case you have any concerns or questions or need guidance by a midwife. You should always call before coming so we can make sure a midwife is ready to tend to you when you arrive at the hospital.

In case you are not in active labour when you arrive at the Assessment Unit, we will advise you to take a walk or await further progress at home for a little longer. Active labour starts when the cervix is at least 4 cm dilated and you have strong, regular contractions.

Once you are in active labour, you will be transferred to your private delivery suite on the Labour Ward, where you can expect a midwife to be present at all times.

Pain relief will be available to you if you need it. Your midwife will guide you on what kind of pain relief is available, depending on your needs and the progress of your labour.

We suggest you seek information about the different options of pain relief we can offer you, by attending our antenatal class and/or on the following website: www.trygmedbarn.dk.

In Denmark obstetric aid is free and equal for all women and the midwife will be your primary health care professional. She will care for you, your baby and your partner throughout labour.

A midwife is a highly qualified professional, who handles the delivery independently. She will assess the progress of labour and the wellbeing of your baby. The obstetrician will only be involved, if there are any concerns or if any complications arise.

The maternity period

During your pregnancy you will discuss the different options with your midwife and together you will make a plan for your maternity period.

If this is your first baby and you have had a pregnancy and delivery without any complications, you will be offered to either stay in our Maternity Unit on the second floor, or you will be offered an outpatient maternity period at home, where you will receive two home visits by a midwife.

If you have given birth before and your current pregnancy and delivery has proceeded without complications, you will be offered an outpatient maternity period at home. Regardless of whether you have given birth before or not, you will be admitted to our Maternity Unit if your pregnancy or birth has been complicated or you have special needs.

Outpatient maternity period

Couples who have an outpatient maternity period will be able to stay on the Labour Ward for 6-8 hours after the delivery. For couples who have delivered before, this check-up will be done over the telephone.

All outpatient couples will get a home visit by a midwife on the 2nd or 3rd day after the delivery. During this visit, the midwife will also be performing a heel-prick-test, which is a screening method that aims to identify a range of congenital metabolic disorders.

In addition to this, the midwife will perform a hearing screening on the baby. It is your choice, whether you want to participate in the newborn screening program or not- just let the midwife know.

The Maternity Ward

If you have had any complications during your pregnancy or in the duration of the delivery, which need special attention in the post natal period, you will be admitted to our Maternity Unit.

In most cases, women and their partner will stay for approximately two days, but you might stay longer if needed. Your baby will be with you at all times and your partner is welcome to stay during your entire stay free of charge. However, we have to charge your partner for meals. Most commonly you will share a room with another couple, therefore we kindly ask you to respect our limited visiting hours.

The heel-prick-test and hearing test will be performed at the hospital, when your baby is two to three days old.

Homebirth

If you have decided to give birth at home, your maternity period will be in accordance with the previously mentioned outpatient maternity period.

Contact

You will be able to call the hospital 24/7 within the first seven days in case of difficulties with breastfeeding or general concerns on our ammehotline: 38 68 94 53.

Please contact your health visitor or GP or call 1813 once your baby is older than a week.

The Assesment Unit

(Fødemodtagelsen)
Borgmester Ib Juuls Vej 21
Opgang 5, 4. etage, I3

Telephone: 38 68 32 57
Every day, 24 hours a day.

Call this number, if you experience contractions, bleeding, your water has broken, less fetal movements, pains or any acute queries at any time of your pregnancy (past 18 weeks).

Secretary

Telephone:38 68 82 99
Weekdays 8:00 - 15:00

Call here, if you need to change or cancel a midwife- appointment.

Ultrasound department

Borgmester Ib Juuls Vej 9, 4th floor

Telephone 38 68 38 78
Weekdays 8:00 - 15:00

Call here, if you need to change or cancel an ultrasound- appointment.

Antenatal- and postnatal ward

Borgmester Ib Juuls Vej 1, 2nd floor (above the Patient Hotel)

Telephone: 38 68 36 67
Weekdays 8:00 - 15:00

Hotline for the maternity period

Telephone: 38 68 94 53
Every day, 24 hours a day.

Call here, in case of difficulties with breastfeeding or general concerns. You can call the hospital within the first seven days.

Website

Herlev Hospital’s website on pregnancy and childbirth. Click on Graviditet og fødsel
www.herlevhospital.dk

Most information is at present only available in Danish, but you are welcome to seek information on our Antenatal classes, where you will find links to further information in English.

You can also contact us at www.minsundhedsplatform.dk or on the app MinSP.

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