Among the common text questions I get, is "What can I/my friend do to get labor started?"
The answer I want to give: Wait.
My_theory is that here is nothing you can do that is going to start labor if the baby isn't ready.
Pelvic or Vaginal Exam during Pregnancy (3rd Trimester)
According to Mayo Clinic, “as your due date approaches, your prenatal visits might include pelvic exams. These exams help your health care provider check the baby's position and detect cervical changes.”
Pelvic examination during pregnancy is used to detect a number of clinical conditions such as anatomical abnormalities and sexually transmitted infections, to evaluate the size of a woman’s pelvis (pelvimetry) and to assess the uterine cervix so as to be able to detect signs of cervical incompetence (associated with recurrent mid-trimester miscarriages) or to predict preterm labour (see Section 11.
Amniotomy, also known as Artificial Rupture of the Membranes
(AROM) is the surgical rupture of fetal membranes to induce or expedite labor.
Amniotomy is used to start or speed up contractions and,
as a result, shorten the length of labour.
Artificial rupture of the amniotic membranes during labour,
sometimes called amniotomy or ’breaking of the waters’ was introduced in the
mid-eighteenth century, first being described in 1756 by an English
obstetrician, Thomas Denman
It’s birth story day!!
This week I am sharing a birth story from our Fall 2012 class. In today's video, Courtney is talking about her family's birth journey
with our Winter 2012-13 class. Jake was working, so Courtney shares his words of wisdom for coaches, too.
Here is their
- Courtney was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes via blood glucose test
(usually administered between 24 – 28 weeks of pregnancy)
- High Blood Pressure was measured at office visits from 36 weeks on; whenever she checked her blood pressure at home, it was normal
A bigger selection of topics today...check out the news if you are "trying" to get pregnant, and more motivation to keep your pregnancy healthy, low-risk and as stress-free as possible. Also, new study from ACOG that shows that there may be risks with the use of Pitocin.
Happy Thursday to all of you!
P.S. I also did an early morning posting of ourWordless Wednesday
from yesterday...the day got away from me! Enjoy a peek into our home as we celebrate the season.FERTILITY
Did you know that there is a national organization advocating
evidence-based care and humanity in childbirth?
I first became aware of ImprovingBirth.org when they held their first rally
last year. In order to bring awareness
to the maternity health care crisis in our country, the organizers chose the
date of Labor Day for the national event.
This year, they are truly nation-wide – there is at least one rally planned in all
50 states, and as of today, it looks like they are up to eight international locations.
This is the second post in the series that looks at the small print on the drug information sheet for consumers. In ourfirst post
, we looked at the details of drugs used in epidurals. Here is the fine print for the drugs used by hospital practitioners to induce labor. This may be offered for a variety of reasons.
Whenever a drug or procedure is offered, we encourage our students to look at the benefits and the risks. There are circumstances where the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.