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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
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Difficult Labor (Overview)

Many women have no problems with pregnancy other than the normal discomforts. Others, however, experience more serious complications that need immediate attention. You may hear your situation referred to as "high risk," and that simply means that if you had certain medical conditions before you were pregnant or had a complication during your pregnancy, you and your baby will be monitored more closely. It is extremely important that you stay in close contact with your doctor and call immediately if you experience any warning signs. Early diagnosis of a problem is important for your health and the baby's health.


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Do they still use forceps for difficult labor?

Do they still use forceps for difficult labor?

As a last resort: Modern day OB is getting away from instrumental deliveries for many reasons. Lack of experience and/or training, availability of c-sections, and risks of malpractice for less than perfect babies.... But, in well-trained & experienced hands, forceps can save an infant from brain injury, hypoxia, even death. Vacuums replace forceps in many hospitals & are also a safe alternative if needed. ...Read more

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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
14 doctors shared insights

Difficult Labor (Overview)

Many women have no problems with pregnancy other than the normal discomforts. Others, however, experience more serious complications that need immediate attention. You may hear your situation referred to as "high risk," and that simply means that if you had certain medical conditions before you were pregnant or had a complication during your pregnancy, you and your baby will be monitored more closely. It is extremely important that you stay in close contact with your doctor and call immediately if you experience any warning signs. Early diagnosis of a problem is important for your health and the baby's health.


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Is back labor a difficult labor?

Is back labor a difficult labor?

It can take longer: Back labor is when the back of the baby's head enters the birth canal facing down towards the rectum of the mother and does not rotate and comes out facing upwards. That type of birth often takes longer in the "pushing phase"(2nd stage) of labor and can get "stuck" more often resulting in a cesarean section. ...Read more

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor - increasing contractions or fluid leakage
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If baby isn't moving, do kick counts. Should feel 10 in 2 hours or 5 in 1.
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Call your doc with any questions or concerns
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What is secondary arrest of difficult labor?

It can take longer: Back labor is when the back of the baby's head enters the birth canal facing down towards the rectum of the mother and does not rotate and comes out facing upwards. That type of birth often takes longer in the "pushing phase"(2nd stage) of labor and can get "stuck" more often resulting in a cesarean section. ...Read more

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Are babies likely to have CP if difficult labor?

Are babies likely to have CP if difficult labor?

Not necessarily: CP is often blamed erroneously on the OB and has given rise to the common use of caesarean. Brain damage is an unfortunate complication of difficult labor but it is relatively uncommon in today's handling by the ob. ...Read more

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Can a preemie survive difficult labor?

Can a preemie survive difficult labor?

Yes: It is possible for a premature infant to survive a difficult labor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for difficult labor?

Cesarean section!: C/s is the most commonly used life-saving procedure in our modern world; it cures obstructed/difficult labor and is associated with excellent outcomes in good centers, provided it is not repeated more than twice. ...Read more

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Why do they give pitocin for difficult labor?

Helps: Pitocin is given during labor to increase the frequency and strenght of the contractions. If a patients contractions are not adeequate to cause further dilation, Pitocin can be given. ...Read more

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Will I have a difficult labor due to my bony pelvis?

Will I have a difficult labor due to my bony pelvis?

Bony pelvis: The baby's head has to pass through the pelvic bones in a vaginal delivery. If there is a discrepancy between the size of the head and the diameters of the pelvis, you may have either a prolonged labor or an arrest in labor. A trial of labor will determine wheter you will be successful in having a vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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