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how do complementary doctors treat prolonged labor?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Multiple ways: If the labor is not "active" and is early stage non-progressive labor often ob's wait for "mother nature" to get in sync. Prolonged active labor that is not progressing with cervical dilitation and there is a pelvic bone obstruction present than surgical intervention will occur(c/section). Contemporary ob's rarely use forceps, or stimulate a labor with meds if the fetal monitoring shows a problem.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Unsure: I have no knowledge of a complementary doctor providing intrapartum obstetric care. The length of the labor is directly related to labor, delivery, and postpartum complications - so a prolonged labor does need to be managed in some manner to expedite a safe delivery, for both mother and baby.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Complementary is a broad term, and can be techniques as well as providers,and Dr Higginbotham is right about all the factors that impact labor. Some herbs can stimulate uterine contraction but no studies demonstrate clear benefit. Acupuncture has been shown to help with some difficult lies, including breech by sometimes actually turning the baby around! And creating calm LD room will help!
Mar 14, 2012

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What are some exercises I can do in preparation for labor?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Daily walk: A daily walk is my favorite exercise for pregnant patients. Getting outside and walking for 20-30 min a day helps keep your muscles loose, burns calories, increases your metabolism and helps you sleep better a night. Stretching and prenatal yoga can also help prepare your muscles for labor.
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Do I need to call the hospital and let them know I am in labor?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Yes: It is always a good idea to call the hospital and let them know you are coming in. They will be able to have a room prepared for you and have your paperwork ready by the time you get there. If there are space issues they will also have time to do some rearranging so that you don't have to wait. All good things!
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do doctors know if I am in labor?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Cervical change: Labor is defined as cervical change in the presence of regular uterine contractions. Slow cervical change < 1 CM per hour is considered latent labor, while faster cervical change is considered active labor. Active labor typically onsets at about 4 CM of dilatation, but this can vary.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Am I allowed to eat while in labor?

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Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Most women are not allowed to eat while in labor, other than clear liquids. The reason is that if your baby is not tolerating labor and a cesarean section is performed, it is dangerous to administer anesthesia to someone who was just eaten. There’s a chance she can vomit during the surgery and aspirate gastric liquid into the lungs which can cause an infection.
Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Catie, thanks for your comment. While you are correct inthat true stat c-section is not common, the difficult part is knowing when a c-section may be needed in relation to when someone eats. For all other surgeries, anesthesiologist require patients to have no solid food, for at least 6-8 hours, due to the concern about aspiration. To prevent dehydration and exhaustion, we usually give women IV fluids in labor, which can include glucose, to make sure that she is getting some calories and electrolytes while laboring.
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Is it true that orgasms can spur labor?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: No under normal circumstances and for women with no medical or obstetrical problems it should not be an issue.

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