There are multiple factors that women need to consider when having a baby and beginning the childbirth process. Patients will want to prepare ahead of time with choices that involve changing lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking. Once pregnant, the woman has to decide whether or not she wants anesthetic during the birth. We can also help to recognize the signs of high-risk pregnancy.
When you are pregnant, it is definitely in your best interest to understand everything you can about your pregnancy. The more you know, the better able you are going to be when it comes to taking care of both you and your new baby.
Natural birth and vaginal delivery
A natural birth refers to a birth that does not use any medications. Since there is a lot of pain involved with childbirth, many women choose to have an epidural or other form of anesthesia. An epidural is one of the most common pain relief options for women in labor. While this pain relief option can offer women a virtually pain-free delivery, there are side effects that every woman needs to be aware of before choosing to have an epidural, including the ability for it to affect the newborn.
Deciding to have a natural birth can give a new mom a strong feeling of empowerment as she is in complete control of her body. A natural birth allows the woman to be an active participant when delivering her newborn. Other pain management options that one can utilize for a natural birth include breathing exercises, visualization techniques and self-hypnosis techniques.
A vaginal birth occurs when a baby is delivered through the birth canal, coming out of the vagina. A vaginal delivery is often the preferred birth method as it often offers patients a quicker recovery time, which means a shorter stay in the hospital. There is also a lower risk of infection and respiratory problems for the newborn.
When going through this normal birth process new mothers can expect to recover in about 10 days. This amount of time is pretty impressive given what a new mom’s body has been going through for the past nine months.
A cesarean section, C-section, also known as a cesarean delivery, is a surgical delivery process where an physician delivers a baby through an incision in the lower stomach area of the mother. According to MedlinePlus, nearly one in three pregnant women has a C-section now, when compared to a vaginal birth. While a medical professional may plan for some C-sections, they may perform others when an unexpected emergency arises during the delivery process.
The main reasons why a pregnant mother would require a C-section is because she is currently experiencing some personal health problems, she is carrying more than one baby, the size or the position of the baby is not conducive to a vaginal delivery, the baby’s health for one reason or another is in jeopardy and/or the labor simply is not moving along as it should be.
High risk OB (obstetrics)
Having a high-risk OB pregnancy means that there is a higher chance of both the mother and baby experiencing pregnancy-related health issues. When a woman is pregnant, her body will be going through a number of physical and emotional changes for the next nine months. Any health problems during this time have the ability to create a high-risk pregnancy, making it essential for all pregnant women to seek regular obstetric services.
If a woman is going through a high-risk pregnancy, it is essential that she has access to obstetrical services. We can provide the necessary services that we customize to the patient’s needs. High risk pregnancy issues can include:
- A mother having diabetes before getting pregnant
- Gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that forms when a woman is pregnant
- A previous miscarriage
- Problems in the developing baby
- Smoker or illegal drugs
- Preeclampsia-Gestational Hypertension
Dr. Stillson has training and experience with caring for both low risk and moderate risk patients. Based on his experience and the needs of both you and your newborn, he will arrange for consultation and support from our team of both local and regional maternity experts to support your pregnancy. He will be there to guide you through you and your baby’s safety in mind. Should your pregnancy needs exceed the support services at our local hospital in Plymouth, he will transfer your care to specialty OB providers in South Bend-Mishawaka or Indianapolis. According to the UCSF Medical Center, only about 7 percent of pregnancies are considered to be high risk.
An unplanned pregnancy can be stressful. If the unplanned pregnancy is a welcome surprise, then this is absolutely great news for the family. But when an unplanned pregnancy occurs and the woman is not sure what she wants to do, talking with family, friends and/or loved ones can often help.
When there is no one to turn to, or when some pregnancy advice is needed, then contacting a health care professional is highly recommended. No one should be alone when they are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. For counseling or a free pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy click here to contact a local Women’s Care Center.
If you would like to learn more about childbirth education and the various treatments we provide, call (574) 335-8091 to schedule a consultation.