Top 20 Doctor insights on: Family dynamics after childbirth

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What amount does childbirth hurt?

Varies: DSome women have very little pain with contractions in labor and need no pain medication, but most women do have pain and benefit from some type of pain control management such as IV drugs or and epidural. You should discuss your options with your doctor well before going into labor. ...Read more

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How do young women die in childbirth?

How do young women die in childbirth?

Maternal death: Women die in childbirth form blood clots to the lungs, sepsis, bleeding disorders, primary pulmonary hypertension. Lupus, preeclampsia, heart disease, strokes, and other underlying medical disorders. Even in the 21st century, people die. We do the best we can as physicians, but some problems are insurmountable. ...Read more

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Why do some women die from childbirth?

Why do some women die from childbirth?

Not common in USA: The pain causes of death from childbirth are: amniotic fluid embolism, pulmonary embolism, hemorrhage, eclampsia, infections. ...Read more

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Why do any women die anymore in childbirth?

Why do any women die anymore in childbirth?

"Imperfect process": Childbirth has many variables that can cause serious difficulties that can, if untreated, cause death. Hemorrhage, infections and birth "accidents" all contribute in spite of the technology of OB hospital care. Still in the usa women often deliver in non-hospital environments that do not provide the "necessary backup" needed in case of emergency. Living through childbirth (perfect) is not a "given". ...Read more

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What are complications associated with childbirth?

What are complications associated with childbirth?

Too many to list: This format is totally inadequate to try to even summarize all of the possibilities. You need to try to narrow the focus of your question. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take a childbirth education class?

Is it necessary to take a childbirth education class?

No: Reading online makes it seem like everyone takes classes. The fact is though that most people do not take classes. They do just fine. What is right for some may not be right for you. We encourage patients to take them. Most couples find it beneficial, fun and anxiety relieving to learn about pregnancy and to emotionally and physically prepare for birth. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what does childbirth feel like?

How do I know exactly what does childbirth feel like?

VERY painful: The contractions are extremely painful, a cramping type of pain, and the delivery of the baby is also extremely painful. There are options for pain management: from breathing techniques to IV medications to relaxation techniques, to warm water and different positions, or epidural. ...Read more

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Titanium rod in fermur, will this interfere with childbirth?

Not at all: It obvious did not interfere with you getting pregnant. There is no relation between the events of childbirth and the presence of a fixation rod in your femur. Do not worry. ...Read more

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What is more painful, childbirth or being stabbed by a knife?

There isn't one: Correct answer for this. There can be a great deal of variability in how much pain a woman experiences during childbirth. The pain from being stabbed can also differ depending on the person's pain threshold, what the person is stabbed with (sharp vs dull), depth of stab wound, location etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get aroused by seeing women having pain for childbirth?

Is it normal to get aroused by seeing women having pain for childbirth?

Lots of things: Are "normal" and I wouldn't get wrapped around one definition of "normal" and obsess over it. Arousal is complex, sometimes feeling strong emotions when your hormones are flowing can make arousal happen. It's a funny thing. I would reassure you that unless you are acting on that arousal inappropriately, it's all good... ...Read more

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Can childbirth cause maternal death?

Can childbirth cause maternal death?

Yes: Unfortunately, childbirth can still cause death. This is usually from bleeding, general anesthesia or stroke. Your best bet to reduce this risk is to start your pregnancy healthy. Eat a balanced diet, exercise and control any medical problems you do have. Nothing can take the risk to zero but you would be surprised how much you can do! ...Read more

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Are childbirth classes worth taking?

Are childbirth classes worth taking?

Yes in many cases: It is usually worthwhile to orient yourself to what will happen during your birth experience and have some coping mechanisms or plans on how to handle labor. This can ease anxiety and tension when it is time to deliver. ...Read more

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Need to know what's childbirth coma?

Need to know what's childbirth coma?

Horrible: During childbirth several horrible things can occur to the mother and to the child. Unclear from the question to whom you are referring. Coma of the mother can be caused by intracranial hemorrhage, anoxic damage, severe eclampsia, pituitary apoplexy, etc. In the baby it can be caused by hie (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy). Recovery depends on cause and degree of damage. ...Read more

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Can someon go blind from childbirth?

Can someon go blind from childbirth?

Yes: It's really rare but excessive force during birth can lead to permanent vision loss. ...Read more

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How does methadone affect childbirth pain?

Worse: Patients on chronic opioids are at risk of more severe pain that is more difficult to control with acute noxious stimulus like labor. In essence, up to 4-6x as much opioid as normal might be necessary to control pain and often this makes a patient very sedated, with less pain relief than expected. Taper as much as possible prior to labor or surgery. ...Read more

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Why did mothers used to die of childbirth?

Why did mothers used to die of childbirth?

Russian Roulette!: Back in the "good-ol-days" there were no birth-control pills and it was quite hazardous to get pregnant. 25% of women died in child birth! Women died of infection because there were no antibiotics or ways to sterilize instruments. Women died from hemorrhage because there were no blood banks or medications to stop bleeding. They also died when the baby wouldn't fit and many other reasons. ...Read more

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How can an epidural be used for childbirth?

How can an epidural be used for childbirth?

See below: It is placed in the epidural space to deliver local anesthetic to the nerves that provide feeling to your pelvic region to attempt to diminish the discomfort of childbirth. ...Read more

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When can I snowbard after vaginal childbirth?

No clear cut rule: See how you feel. Many doctors don't advise exercise programs until 6 weeks postpartum, but if you are feeling well earlier, there is no clear cut reason why you shouldn't go out and enjoy yourself. ...Read more