Early prenatal interview
Because pregnancy is a source of joy and pride, but also of anxiety – a time when emotions run high – an early prenatal interview with a midwife from our team gives you the opportunity to discuss your pregnancy and ask questions, and to benefit from optimal prenatal care.
Throughout the first trimester, you will experience major physiological changes. You’ll often be tired and maybe nauseous. Although you are happy, you might also have the feeling that some things are beyond your control, coupled with a sense of vulnerability.
If you’re pregnant for the first time, your role is about to change from being the daughter of your own mother, to becoming a mother yourself. For some, this may cause memories to resurface that might be hard to cope with. For those of you who are already mothers, the arrival of a new baby may raise questions about sibling relationships.
In its “2005 Perinatal Plan”, the Haute Autorité de Santé, France’s health authority, recommends an individual pregnancy interview in the fourth month.
The American Hospital of Paris gives each mother-to-be the opportunity to meet one of our midwives, alone or with her partner. This interview, which is covered by the French national health insurance, is the first step of an approach designed to help you prepare for childbirth.
It is not a typical medical consultation as you will not undergo an examination. Rather, it is an interview where you can speak openly with a professional who will listen attentively.
The purpose of the early prenatal interview is to:
- Encourage you to express your expectations and needs and discuss your birth plan
- Provide helpful information about available support
- Inform you about the different prenatal care pathways
- Answer any questions or concerns you may have
- The interview usually lasts from 45 minutes to an hour
- After the interview, the midwife might recommend consultations with other professionals such as a nutritionist, acupuncturist, osteopath, sophrologist, psychologist or psychiatrist, if needed.
Our team wants to know your wishes regarding the birth of your child, and will do their utmost to fulfill them while supporting you and your partner in your future role as parents.
The birth plan is written by you in collaboration with the Maternity team. It is neither mandatory nor legally binding. It describes your wishes and priorities regarding the birth of your child. It is used as a tool for dialogue and sharing information with our team members, who will guide you in your decisions while ensuring the safety of you and your child.