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Hospital tour: Birthing experiences vary widely to each person, facility and family. Schedule tours with the birthing center where the delivery may occur, and discuss the different birthing plan options available. You will likely be surprised at how much information you will gather and it will make the entire experience less stressful. ...Read more
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
THAT DEPENDS: On the training and your stituation and if the midwife delivers in the hospital and has the proper backup provided by a board certified obgyn who can respond quickly in an emergency situation. I have worked with some very good midwives and shortly with some bad ones. My patients go to me because I do all of my own deliveries and they know that I am trained to take care of a problem. ...Read more
Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??
Love 'em to death ?: A couple approaching childbirth has a limited knowledge base, preferring the "never would happen to me" approach.Some think that if problems arose they could just call an ambulance and things would be fine. In the best of situations it would take an hour to get to a specialized delivery room or operating suite. Minutes lost can mean permanent injury or death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The actual answer is yes & no! the only part of labor it has been shown to prolong is pushing. Without the sensation of pressure pushing may be less effective. That said, i've also seen patients actual accelerate progress in labor after an epidural. This is thought to be from a patient being able to relax. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can.: Amniocentesis involves introducing a fine needle into the pregnancy sac to retrieve some amniotic fluid for fetal dna testing. That technique had inherent risks for complications, including preterm labor and preterm premature rupture of membranes. The risk for any of these complications to occur is <1%, but is real and devastating if they do occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CNM > WHNP.: Cnms have actual delivery privileges - whnps do not. ...Read more
Define Birth Center: I deliver at a birth center which has private rooms, newborn rooming, birth plan receptive... But still offer 24/7 epidural service, full or availability in-house for emergencies, full time peds/neonatologist if needed, and full lab & blood bank services. Most hospital l&d units are emulating birth centers & maintain all support services in case of emergencies. Tour & deliver where you feel safe. ...Read more
Depends on cervix: Before induction your current cervical exam is used as a determinant for which mode of induction. Cervidil is most likely used when the cervix is less soft, dilated, and effaced (thinned out), and more posterior, as it increases prostaglandins release to stimulate dilation, thinning and softening. Those who are already dilated and effaced benefit more from pitocin (oxytocin). ...Read more
Depends.: As far as the mother is concerned, pretty safe in good hands, other than a remote risk of chronic low back pain. As far as the fetus is concerned, early epidurals are associated with increased occiput posterior and cesarean sections, fever in labor and sepsis work-up in the nursery. Of course, the alternative (intravenous narcotics) is even worse for the fetus! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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