Frequently Asked Antenatal Queries

1. How do I know if I’m in labour?

Strong and regular labour pains that come in a pattern, are a sign that you may be in labour. Labour pain can be the the lower abdomen region or also in the lower back. It can start as cramps and then get stronger.

Your water breaking is also a sign of labour, and can happen at any stage of your labour, from the very start when you have no pain, or sometimes only just before the baby comes. The water should be clear, if any other colour, please come to hospital for assessment.

For more information on labour and signs of labour, please view the online class videos at the following link

2. What pain relief options do you have in the hospital?

We have both non medicated or medicated assistance for pain relief. You may use the shower for heat and water therapy, have your support person massage your back, or use active mobilization in labour. If you require other pain relief the option of Entonox inhaled analgesia, Pethedine Analgesia or Epidural is available.

Please visit the on line class video at this link.

3. Do you have a 24 hour epidural service?

Yes, we have a 24 hour epidural service with experienced Anesthetists available. Waiting time for epidurals can vary depending on the requests that day.

4. Can I use the Waterbirth Pool?

As advised by the Dubai Health Authority and other international Heath establishments, water birth delivery is currently on hold until further notice.

5. What do I bring to hospital?

Please see the WHAT TO BRING TO HOSPITAL list 

6. Who can come with me to hospital to support me?

During this time of increased health protection, we must limit who can accompany you into hospital. During labour only ONE support person can accompany you into the labour room.

In the postnatal unit, both your husband plus another family member may visit you. However due to social distancing, your visitors must not be in the room at the same time, instead they must interchange their visiting times.

7. Can my children or friends come to visit me?

Although we discourage children visits to the hospital for their own protection, your children may come to visit you for short and supervised periods of time. Children should remain inside the room at all times.

Friends or friend’s children should not visit you in hospital as this can increase the risk of infection for you and your baby.

8. In these times of Covid 19, is the hospital safe for delivery?

City Hospital now has the status of being “Covid Free”. The hospital is complying with the strictest regulations for health screening, protective equipment wearing, and cleaning as governed by the Dubai Health Authority. Our teams have been trained to ensure all our patients are protected during their stay with us.

9. Do I have to be swabbed for Covid?

It is very important that your Covid swab is taken prior to your due date. Your Doctor will advise you of the time to get your swab but between 38-39 weeks of pregnancy is best. Your swab SHOULD NOT be over 14 days old when you deliver.  If you have past your due date, it is your responsibility to come to the hospital to be re-swabbed. Please see attached form for Covid swabbing details.

10. Does my husband need to be swabbed?

No, your husband does not need to be swabbed for Covid, but whilst in the labour room he will be asked to wear his mask and other protective items.

11. If I have a Cesarean, can my husband come with me?

Yes he may. However he will have to pass the health screening and questionnaire and wear full protective clothing.

12. Do I have to call the hospital before I arrive in labour?

No, you do not have to call the hospital to state you are coming for arrival, once you arrive and are assessed, your Doctor will be swiftly informed.

13. Where should I go once I reach the hospital?

If you are in labour, after reaching the hospital, you need to first check in at the Security health desk on the Ground Floor. Here, your temperature will be checked and staff will ensure you are wearing a mask. After this you may head to the 5th floor maternity Unit.

If you are a booked Elective Cesarean Section, you may go to the Admissions desk.

If you are LESS THAN 24 weeks pregnant with any medical complaint, you must go to the Emergency Department on the ground Floor where an Obstetric Doctor will see you for review.

14. What documents should I bring for birth certificate of my baby?

Please bring with you both sets of Emirates ID’s, both passports and an attested marriage certificate. After delivery you will be asked to fill your registration form and present these papers to the clerk. After this step you may use our in-house typing center for the completion of the process including translation, stamping and attestation.

15. Can I have early discharge from the hospital?

In this current climate, if patients are fit and stable for discharge, you can be discharged home earlier than your allocated length of stay, provided your Doctor assess you and your baby to meet the requirements for discharge.

16. What about Antenatal Classes or lactation assistance?

Anentatal class videos are helpful for all parents, whether you are having your first or 4th baby! It helps you to prepare or refresh yourself on the process of your labour, birth, the staff roles, pain relief and mother and baby care after delivery. These videos will allow you to see the birthing rooms and meet some of our team members.

 Breastfeeding videos are extremely helpful to gain insight on baby behaviors, milk production, advice on successful breastfeeding and the many benefits of breast milk. Our lactation consultant will talk you through extensive information to prepare you for the first weeks of your baby feeding.

Antenatal and Breastfeeding Class videos are available on our webpage in video format so you may watch them at any time. Please visit the link

17. After watching the videos, if I have more questions, who can help?

You can attend the Live Zoom Question and Answer Sessions are held every second Sunday by the Unit Manager of Maternity. Please email: to make a booking.

18. Can I have a tour of the department?

Physical tours are currently on hold, however, you can use the virtual tour link below to view the hospital and labour room at this link.

19. Do you have a birth plan template I can use?

Yes please see the Birth plan here

20. Where are your Midwives from?

We have highly skilled and experienced Midwives from all over the world, who come from different backgrounds and speak more than 10 different languages! You will be well looked after by our compassionate team.

** All of the above are subject to change dependent on the current climate of health and ruling by Dubai Health Authorities