Knowing what to expect when it comes time for labor and delivery can help ease any anxiety you may have about the birth process, especially if this is your first baby.
There are many philosophies about giving birth. Some support a completely natural experience with no drugs. Some tout the benefits of certain structured breathing procedures and positions during birth.
Here is a list of questions you'll want to ask your doctor about epidurals and if it is right for you!
Dr. Robert Bradley developed this method in the late 1940's. The Bradley method emphasizes an extremely natural approach, with few or no drugs and little medical help during labor and delivery. Stressing good diet and exercise during pregnancy, it teaches deep relaxation techniques to manage pain, and educates a woman's husband or partner so they can be an effective coach. Read more.
Research shows that delivering a newborn in the middle of the night, off hours, or on holiday weekends is an added risk. While you don't have much control over when your baby is born, here are a few things you can do to help ensure a safe and healthy delivery even if an unexpected situation arises.
So many women could use is a "middle path;" a mild analgesic that could be safely used during birth, with little or no effects on the baby. It would be okay if this analgesic let in some pain. It would make all the difference to have just "a little something to take the edge off."
Emma was considered high risk this pregnancy. Most people told her to just suck it up and have a c-section. She chose to follow her gut instincts, and fight for what she felt was right, even if it went outside of what most people consider "normal" for today's child bearing mothers.
Having a due date close to the holidays can mean pressure from healthcare providers or family for pregnant women to schedule their baby's birth -- with induction or planned cesarean. But research shows that scheduled deliveries can be dangerous to moms and babies.
As a busy OB/GYN, I embrace any technology that assures that pregnant patients have safe deliveries. That is why I am happy to present you with these new guidelines from ACOG.