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Labor & Delivery Learn about the stages of labor, signs of labor, what to expect during child birth, pain medications available, birthing methods,  birth stories, and more! Being educated on what to expect during labor and delivery will easy your worries and make child birth a more pleasurable experience!

Childbirth Methods

Bradley Method- The Bradley Method of child birth came from Dr Robert Bradleys belief that birth is a natural process, that women could handle without drugs or interventions and birth could be natural.


Lamaze Classes- The Lamaze Technique is a natural childbirth technique developed in the 1940s by French obstetrician Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze as an alternative to the use of general anesthesia during labor.

Labor and Delivery 101

Signs of labor- According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the following symptoms indicate the onset of labor.

What to expect during labor- Find out what to expect when you go into labor, stages of labor,  and what to expect when you arrive at the hospital.

Episiotomy- Find out how an episiotomy is done and if you are at risk for one during child birth.

Braxton Hicks - Braxton Hicks are known as practice contractions and do not cause any change in the cervix. Braxton Hicks are not real labor and many women experience them through out pregnancy.

Birth Stories- Read what other moms have to say about child birth.

Labor Positions- There is not any set way a woman must give birth in.  It depends on where you're comfortable and what's happening with the labor. Most women do well lying on their side during labor, while others like to walk during labor. Here are several birthing options that most women can try during labor.

Cesarean Section

Cesarean Risks- A study just published by the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology confirms that birth by cesarean increases risks of two life threatening problems in future pregnancies.

 

Labor Q & A

Q: What can I do to help avoid an episiotomy ?

A: An episiotomy cannot always be avoided. Your obstetrician will decide if you should have the procedure based on the conditions of your labor. There are, however, activities you can do to strengthen the perineum, and these may lower your chances of undergoing the procedure. Practice Kegel exercises during your pregnancy; perform prenatal perineal massage (massaging the perineum for four to six weeks before birth makes it stronger); and practice the techniques you learned in childbirth class to control your breathing and your urge to push.

 

 

 

 


 
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