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What is cesarean birth?

What is cesarean birth?

Abdominal delivery: A cesarean birth is when the baby is delivered via an incision on the uterus through the abdomen. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Cesarean Section (Definition)

Cesarean delivery is the most commonly performed life-saving surgery in obstetrics; it involves safe delivery of the fetus(es) via an incision on the lower abdomen of the pregnant woman, thus ...Read more


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What is birth asphyxia?

What is birth asphyxia?

See below: All 3 terms refer to a decrease in the amount of oxygen the baby receives during the birthing process. If severe, it could have an effect on the child's brain. ...Read more

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What is a vaginal birth after c-section (vbac)?

What is a vaginal birth after c-section (vbac)?

Risky for baby.: Vbac is what you get if your gamble pays off - and you avoid a second cesarean section. Keep in mind that this gamble involves an ~10-fold higher risk of fetal/neonatal death compared to a scheduled prelabor second c-section and may only be justified if you plan to have more pregnancies and do not wish the risks of multiple c-sections. Discuss these issues with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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What is the diet (clear?)after cesarean delivery?

What is the diet (clear?)after cesarean delivery?

Clear liquids: Surgeons often put patients on "clear liquids" after surgery until they are sure the GI tract is going to function properly. The diet consists of liquids, but no dairy products. It also includes popsicles and jello. ...Read more

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What is the patch for birth control? What is the birth control patch? Is it really reliable?

What is the patch for birth control? What is the birth control patch? Is it really reliable?

Combined Hormones: Combined hormonal contraception is effective when used properly. Theses hormones can be delivered to your body through several routes. The stereotypical way is "the pill;" you must remember to take the pill each day. Alternatively the patch delivers the medicine through your skin and only needs to be changed every week, so you don't have to remember as often. There is also a vaginal ring. ...Read more

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What is a birth plan?

What is a birth plan?

Wish list: If you had complete control of everything that occurred during your labor and delivery what would you want to happen. This would include your wishes for pain control, walking around in labor, having an iv, an episiotomy, eating in labor, who would be in the room, who would cut the cord, etc. ...Read more

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What is the reason why tubal ligation is usually done right after giving birth?

What is the reason why tubal ligation is usually done right after giving birth?

Post-partum tubal: Because 1) she is in the hospital, 2) may be at risk for pregnancy after going home, 3) it is done easily through an incision right below the navel - the uterus is still large enough to access her tubes that way. The next opportunity is 6 weeks later; this requires laparoscopy because the smaller uterus is now behind the pubic bone, and her tubes can no longer be accessed easily from above. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for preterm birth?

What is the treatment for preterm birth?

Tocolysis <34 weeks.: Preterm births account for ~12% of all us births and are disproportionately responsible for morbidity and mortality among infants. When possible, the preterm labor episodes are arrested by tocolytics - i.e. Medications that relax the uterus to prolong the pregnancy safely until fetal maturity or by 34 weeks. Tocolytics include magnesium, nifedipine, Indomethacin and atosiban. ...Read more

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Is posterior placenta is safe to giving birth normal?

Is posterior placenta is safe to giving birth normal?

Yes: If your placenta is "posterior", it has simply implanted on the posterior aspect on the inside of the uterus. A normal delivery should be expected with this placental location as long as all other factors also favor a vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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What birth method is safer for a women with a benign heart arriyhmia. C section or vaginal birth?

What birth method is safer for a women with a benign heart arriyhmia. C section or vaginal birth?

Depends: It depends on what type of arrhythmia you have. Most arrhythmias are okay for vaginal delivery, but you need the advice of your ob/gyn or a maternal fetal medicine specialist to give you advice on your specific case. Most women do better with vaginal delivery because cesarean is major surgery and has it's own risks for heart problems following delivery of the baby and venous return to the heart. ...Read more

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What is the best birth control after age 45?

What is the best birth control after age 45?

IUD/Implant: Regardless of your age, blood pressure, family history, or reactions to other birth control, the most effective and safest methods of birth control are long-acting progestin-only methods, such as the implant or the hormonal IUD, which decrease rates of endometrial cancer and decrease bleeding. They're safe, reversible, and don't affect weight gain/mood. They're almost as good as getting sterilized ...Read more

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Section with first/breech. This is last baby. No complications this preg. Which is riskier to baby--section or vbac? Which is riskier to mother?

Section with first/breech. This is last baby. No complications this preg. Which is riskier to baby--section or vbac? Which is riskier to mother?

Baby prefers C/S.: In broad terms, a repeat cesarean delivery without labor is the safest for the baby. Both options are extremely safe for the mother in the U.S. - slightly increased risk with cesarean. If you are planning to have your tubes tied for permanent sterilization you are better off scheduling your repeat cesarean delivery at 39 weeks with btl to be done at the same time. Talk to your obstetrician! ...Read more

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What is the process with tri-norinyl birth control?

What is the  process with tri-norinyl birth control?

Confused: Not sure what you mean by "process". Birth control pills are designed to start with the first pill of the pack and take one daily. The timing of the first pill can vary and you should discuss this with your doctor, but in general we recommend starting them the first sunday after you have started the next menstrual period flow. Try to take them at the same time every day. Instructions in the pack. ...Read more

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Preterm vaginal delivery, is it nsvd, what to do?

Preterm vaginal delivery, is it nsvd, what to do?

Yup: NSVD - normal spontaneous vaginal delivery is used to denote an otherwise uncomplicated delivery. If you had preterm delivery, seek OB care as soon as you are pregnant to get appropriate interventions to reduce risk of recurrence. The recurrence rate is ~20%. ...Read more

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What is a better option, vaginal birth orna csection? Does the vagina go back to normal after birth? What are the changes that happen?

What is a better option, vaginal birth orna csection? Does the vagina go back to normal after birth? What are the changes that happen?

It depends: In an uncomplicated pregnancy (healthy mother with normal anatomy and well developed stable fetus), vaginal delivery is ideal (this is how nature intended it to be!!). C-sections are necessary in some cases to preserve the health of both mother and baby, but this is still a significant surgery which should not be taken lightly. ...Read more

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What exactly is a birth mark?

What exactly is a birth mark?

Birthmarks: A birthmark is a benign irregularity on the skin which is present at birth or appears shortly after birth, usually in the first month. They can occur anywhere on the skin. Birthmarks are caused by overgrowth of blood vessels, pigment cells, smooth muscle, fat, skin cells, and other tissue. Some pigmented birthmarks carry a small risk of malignant transformation with time. ...Read more