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Dr. Pam Yoder
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Normal Childbirth (Overview)

Labor and delivery is the process of having a baby. It is also the name of the area of the hospital where this takes place.


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Is it normal at sixteen weeks of pregnancy to start having fears over the labor and delivery, and what can I do to combat that?

Is it normal at sixteen weeks of pregnancy to start having fears over the labor and delivery, and what can I do to combat that?

Yes, it's common: Many women start to worry about labor and delivery in advance. This is normal. Talk to your doctor or cnm about your fears. Remember, women have been delivering babies for thousands of years. You can ask for pain medicine such as an epidural or fentanyl if you'd like. If ever you think that your anxiety is more than most women's, you can ask your doctor/midwife for a referal to a therapist. ...Read more

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Dr. Pam Yoder
663 doctors shared insights

Normal Childbirth (Overview)

Labor and delivery is the process of having a baby. It is also the name of the area of the hospital where this takes place.


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Stitching after labor and delivery ?

Stitching after labor and delivery 
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Sutures: Sutures might be needed if there was a significant tear during delivery or if you had an episiotomy. If this doesn't address your question then please re-ask with a clear question. Take Care. ...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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After i’m admitted to labor and delivery, am I allowed to walk?

After i’m admitted to labor and delivery, am I allowed to walk?

Hopefully: Unless you have a medical condition that makes it dangerous (such as very high blood pressure) you should be able to walk. This is something you should discuss with your OB provider so you are not disappointed. In general, it can make you more comfortable to be able to move and change positions. Try and find a place to give birth where this is encouraged. ...Read more

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Freezing when visiting. Why are labor and delivery rooms always cold?

Freezing when visiting. Why are labor and delivery rooms always cold?

I give up...: I'm in an office with > 30 women, ranging in ages from 22-57... I am constantly losing the "thermostat wars" & i can't explain with the usual answers, "different metabolism, can't thermoregulate, hormone changes, etc." suffice it to say that the office feels a chilly 60 degrees and l&d is no different. I also learned (the hard way) not to argue with anyone who feels hot...It's not safe! ...Read more

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How many nerves in a woman's body are involved/stimulated during labor and delivery?

How many nerves in a woman's body are involved/stimulated during labor and delivery?

TMTC: Too many to count! obviously nerves serving uterus, vagina, pelvic organs, hips, sacrum, buttocks, legs, lower abdomen, diaphragm, ribs, back muscles are affected and probably even more! giving birth is a total body work-out! ...Read more

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What will labor and delivery be like?

What will labor and delivery be like?

Depends!: Such a big question for 400 characters. For most, it will be a great experience. For a few, it will be stressful. Ask your family members and friends that have had babies, and your physician as well. It will be a new experience for you no matter what! make sure your doc or midwife answers all your questions before you go into labor. A tour of l and d is usually available. ...Read more

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How can I become a labor and delivery nurse?

How can I become a labor and delivery nurse?

See below: Talk to some l&d nurses to see what went well for them and, just as importantly, what to avoid. ...Read more

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Do labor and delivery laborists usually work at night?

Do labor and delivery laborists usually work at night?

Yes!: That's the whole point of a laborist team; that the cover l&d 24-7-365, allowing for excellence in labor outcomes and freeing up the other physicians to see more patients in clinic and ultrasound. ...Read more