Frequently Asked Questions

1.What does a professional midwife do?

Midwives are skilled healthcare professionals who provide support during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum to childbearing women and their infants. They are trained to international standards and provide compassionate, woman-centered care. They specialize in normal labour and are well equipped to provide time, attention, and care through the delivery.

2.How will Aastrika offer a midwifery model of care?

Aastrika Midwifery Centre offers a midwifery model of care delivered by an interdisciplinary team of obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, and nurses. Our obstetricians Dr. Anupama & Dr.Meghana, our midwives Anjumol Joseph, Salomi Thomas, & Tintu Joseph, our pediatricians, Dr. Ashok & Dr. Varshini, and our highly qualified nurses, Ranjitha, Kavita, Chandramma, Ashamol and Monika work hard to offer compassionate, woman-centered midwifery care and evidence-based obstetrics. Anju, Salomi, and Tintu have been trained in the Fernandez Foundation Professional Midwife program. We routinely invest in training our nurses on respectful maternity care and midwifery practices.

3.What if I have a high-risk pregnancy or my pregnancy becomes high risk?

Aastrika Midwifery Centre’s obstetrician and gynecologist Dr.Meghana, senior obstetrician Dr. Anupama, and pediatrician & neonatologist Dr.Ashok, are well equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies and provide any necessary obstetric or newborn care.

At Aastrika, our approach emphasises ‘conservative management,’ striking a balance between minimising unnecessary interventions and providing essential medications, inductions, or treatments when needed. Ensuring the well-being of both mother and child is our top priority.

Nestled within Vasavi Hospital, a multi-speciality tertiary facility equipped with an OT, ICU, NICU, and blood storage, we are fully prepared for any unforeseen emergencies.

Aastrika has become a haven for high-risk mothers, as we stand out in Bangalore by offering them the opportunity for a normal birth – a unique and invaluable service in the city.

Aastrika is also partnered with Vasavi Hospital to provide anaesthesiologists and any other specialist doctors that are needed.

4.What if I need an emergency C-section?

In case of an emergency C-section, we will move you to the Operation Theatre (OT) of Vasavi Hospital. Your emergency C-section will be carried out by Aastrika’s obstetricians. Members of the Aastrika team will always be by your side. The Aastrika team is making sincere efforts to ensure C-sections are as gentle as possible, and that skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding happen as soon as you and your baby are safe.

Once you and your newborn are stable, you will move to your postpartum room at the Aastrika Midwifery Centre. The Aastrika team will give you all the support you need for breastfeeding and postpartum recovery.

5.Can my husband/mother/doula attend the delivery?

We highly encourage birth companions during labour to provide the support and care you need. During antenatal visits as well as during birth, we will always allow one birth partner of your choice, usually the expecting father, to accompany you.

Additionally, we also allow and encourage professional doulas to accompany you and your birth partner during one antenatal visit and during childbirth.

6.Where are you situated?

We are situated within Vasavi Hospital, in Kumaraswamy Layout. It is not too far from the JP Nagar Metro Station!

7.Do you have any other branches near my part of the city?

Unfortunately, currently, AMC has only one branch, in Kumaraswamy Layout.

8.I live very far from Aastrika Midwifery Centre. Can I still give birth with you?

Normal labour in healthy women usually lasts longer than most people expect, especially for first-time mothers. Early labour lasts for several hours and sometimes days. Active labour often lasts four to eight hours.

It’s often shorter for subsequent deliveries but rarely so fast that you cannot travel to Aastrika Midwifery Centre. Attending a good childbirth class will help you be prepared for what to expect and understand when you need to head for the hospital. Our team will also provide personalized guidance based on how far you are located from the centre.

9.What makes Aastrika Midwifery Centre a MotherBaby-Family friendly facility?

Aastrika Midwifery Centre follows every step in the International Childbirth Initiative’s 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care. These 12 Steps include respect, dignity, and informed choice; continuous support during childbirth; evidence-based practice; and promotion of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact.

From the moment your child is born, we protect your newborn’s right to immediately have skin-to-skin contact, right to immediately nurse, and right to always remain with her or his parents.

We have tried our best to ensure all newborn procedures are done at your bedside and ideally in your arms.

In rare cases where your newborn may genuinely need the NICU, we will fully support you to breastfeed and to remain with your child as much as possible.

10.Can I have a waterbirth at Aastrika?


Our Sensory Birthing Suite is furnished with a birth pool that you can use during labor for pain relief, and to birth your baby in a safe and gentle way. Each member of our team of obstetricians and midwives has completed her Waterbirth Practitioner Certification from Waterbirth International by Barbara Harper.



11.Will my personal doctor be permitted in your hospital for the birthing process?

No, Aastrika Midwifery Centre does not permit visiting consultants. Our interdisciplinary team of obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists, and nurses will handle your birthing and can promise excellent clinical outcomes.

12.What are the tariffs at Aastrika Midwifery Centre? What is included in the package?

At Aastrika Midwifery Centre, we offer four packages, currently priced at Rs. 1,10,000, Rs. 1,35,000, Rs. 1,75,000 and Rs. 2,10,000, after all discounts. Based on the package you select, you may avail of our Sensory Birthing Suite and water birth facilities. Details are available at the reception at Aastrika Midwifery Centre.

All packages include a 3 day stay, emergency C-sections; emergency instrumental deliveries; the obstetrician and pediatrician charges; nursing charges; breastfeeding support; basic newborn care including vaccinations; basic procedures and consumables; food from the pantry; and a MotherBaby gift kit.

The packages exclude the high-risk surcharge; epidurals; Entonox; TENS machine; admission fees for insurance processing; medicines and surgical items; stays beyond 72 hours; laboratory tests and diagnostics; newborn genetic screening; newborn hearing tests; cord blood banking; additional procedures and consumables arising out of complications; food and beverages from the canteen; NICU and ICU stays; and consultations with specialists from other departments.

The package is only for birthing. Prenatal and postnatal consults, childbirth education classes, lactation consults, support services and so on are charged separately.

13.Do you accept insurance empanelment?

Yes, Aastrika Midwifery Centre at Vasavi Hospital offers insurance empanelment with most major insurers. Please call us at +91 81476 91700 to get more details for your specific insurance company.

14.It sounds great! What next?

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