Prepared Childbirth Prepared Childbirth: means reducing pain and fear during the birth process through education and the use of breathing and conditioning exercises. Labor: is the process in which the baby gradually moves out of the uterus and into the vagina to be born. Delivery: is the birth of the baby
Childbirth Education Classes May be offered by hospitals, health care providers, or private teachers. Participants learn the following: How the baby grows and develops Tests that can be performed Warning signs that may indicate serious complications What to expect during labor and delivery The role of the support person Breathing exercises What to expect after the baby is born
Health Care Professionals Obstetricians: these doctors specialize in the care of the mothers and babies both before and right after birth, they are qualified to handle emergency situations or problems that may occur. Family Doctor: some family doctors provide prenatal care and deliver babies; if problems arise they call and obstetrician. Licensed Midwives: a midwife is a health care professional trained to assist women in childbirth. All midwives must pass a certification exam before they can practice.
Delivery Options Years ago, most babies were born at home, often with the aid of a midwife. Today there are many options for the mother. Places to give birth Not all babies are born at the hospital. Their options may be limited by their health insurance or by which hospital their doctor uses.
HOME It is only in the last 100 years that most babies have been born in hospitals. If a couple is considering home birth, they should consult their doctor. Together they make the decisions that will take in account all of the risk factors. Unfortunately, it is not possible to know all of the complications that may arise Should have a plan in place Midwife is present to assist with delivery
HOSPITAL Depending on health insurance and other issues, new mothers and their babies may spend 2-3 days in a hospital after a routine delivery. Government requires at least 2 days for routine vaginal births Hospitals have full staff of medical professionals, assistants, etc. Show mom how to care for their new baby; feeding, changing, cleaning, etc.
ALTERNATIVE BIRTH CENTER Some couples chose an alternative birth center. Alternative Birth Center: is a facility that provides a more homelike environment for labor and delivery. Emphasize prepared, natural childbirth Do not offer pain medication during labor Homely feeling; music and food may be provided.