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What is secondary arrest of difficult labor?

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

Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
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Difficult Labor (Definition)

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 ...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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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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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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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?

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 (oxytocin) for difficult labor?

Helps: Pitocin (oxytocin) 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 (oxytocin) 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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After the birth of my second child -difficult labor- baby had irregular rapid heart beats.?

After the birth of my second child -difficult labor- baby had irregular rapid heart beats.?

Concerning finding: An irregular, rapid heartbeat can be a transient, normal finding- if it persists or if the child has low oxygen levels and respiratory problems, look for metabolic disorders, long qt syndrome, structural heart disease, or possibly a toxic effect of medication mom got during labor. ...Read more

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A friend was just diagnosed with dysfunctional labor, is that a serious condition?

Dysfunctional labor: Dysfunctional labor affects women during the course of delivery. Dysfunctional means not functional. There are many different kinds of dysfunctional labor. The effect on the woman is usually that labors are longer. ...Read more

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Do I need to call the hospital and let them know I am in labor?

Yes: You should always call the hospital, if you are able, to let them know you are coming in and why. They will be able to have a room prepared for you and have your paperwork ready. If there are space issues it also gives them time to do some rearranging so that by the time you get there you don't have to wait. All good things! ...Read more

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16 yr is 35.2 weeks prg dilated to 6cm 100 effaced and 2+station on baby. back labor every 4 min went to hsp the dr on call sent her home is this nrm?

16 yr is 35.2 weeks prg dilated to 6cm 100 effaced and 2+station on baby.  back labor every 4 min went to hsp the dr on call sent her home is this nrm?

Atypical: Unless repeated exams revealed no progress. At 6 cm, it sounds like she has moved from latent phase into the active phase of stage 1 of labor, where dilation can progress more quickly, at about 1 cm per hour. Also, there is concern about a preterm infant. ...Read more

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I'm 36 wks prego been having severe cramps worse than usual called obgyn they wasn't much help is this sign of labor please help ?

Could be : Severe abdominal cramping at 36 weeks pregnant definitely could be labor. The only way to know for sure is with an exam. If the cramping is coming and going and more frequent than every 10 minutes for more than a couple of hours you need to be seen and examined. Go to your OB's office or labor and delivery for an exam. ...Read more

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I had a baby with contractions inconsistant in length and strength 7-17min apart when sleeping, 1-5min when awake the whole labor. What's this called?

I had a baby with contractions inconsistant in length and strength 7-17min apart when sleeping, 1-5min when awake the whole labor. What's this called?

Labor: There is no specific term for what you describe other than labor. There is no one specific way that labor should go. Since you had a baby however you labored is ok. ...Read more

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My 4th child, I was in labor 20+ hours with contractions from 7-17 minutes apart when sleeping and 1-5 minutes apart when awake. What is this called?

My 4th child, I was in labor 20+ hours with contractions from 7-17 minutes apart when sleeping and 1-5 minutes apart when awake.  What is this called?

It depends.: Did you have your baby? If you did, then it's a long (but not technically prolonged) labor. True labor lasting > 24 hours might be "prolonged." If true labor starts (with cervical dilation) then stops for more than 24 hours, it's "arrested labor." If you had contractions without progressive cervical dilation, that's "false labor". What do you call your baby? ...Read more

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Sister is 32w pregnant.Definitely lost mucus plug.No other signs.Will call dr but should she go on bed rest or something to prevent early labor?

Sister is 32w pregnant.Definitely lost mucus plug.No other signs.Will call dr but should she go on bed rest or something to prevent early labor?

No: Significance of mucous plug is it may be a sign of cervical dilation. However it is impossible to say for certain if the mucous plug has come out without cervical inspection. Many doctors will advise bed rest, but has not been shown to prevent preterm labor. ...Read more

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My mom has had intense chest pain above her heart for the past two days, but today it's keeping her in bed and she can't move. Should i call 911 or a doctor? She is 46, single mother of 5, bartender. Every movement is labored and i'm really worried. She a

My mom has had intense chest pain above her heart for the past two days, but today it's keeping her in bed and she can't move. Should i call 911 or a doctor? She is 46, single mother of 5, bartender. Every movement is labored and i'm really worried. She a

There : There are not many symptoms listed here. If she already has a cardiac history with severe chest pain and inability to move; i would recommend (based on limited facts) calling 911. Symptoms of a heart attack can include: chest pain; chest tightness or squeezing; shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. Some people dismiss the pain thinking it is indigestion. There can be pain in the top midline of the abdomen, as well as vomiting. Pain may not present in the chest but instead can be felt in the upper back, head, jaw or in the teeth. There may be a generalized feeling of unwellness and fatigue. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain. ...Read more