Birth Challenges

Overcoming Sudden Fear during Labor

Begin by assessing the situation. What recently happened that may have affected the mother? What has changed? What information did she just receive? Once you understand what the mother may be struggling with, begin reassuring her and encouraging her in the opposite

Birth Challenges, Birth Planning

Am I ready to be induced?

If you decide it is best for your baby to be born right away, your chances of a successful induction will be dependent on your body’s readiness for labor. A woman with a “ripe” cervix is more likely to be successful at

Birth Challenges, Birth Planning

Is your baby transverse?

The most common position for a baby to be in during labor is called the vertex, or head down position. A transverse baby is shoulder or back down, lying sideways across the abdomen. Transverse lie occurs in only 1 out of 2,500

Birth Challenges

What is failure to progress?

Many caregivers use the set standard of 1 cm dilation per hour in labor to be the normal course of a labor. If a woman is taking longer than this time she is considered to have a slow labor.

Birth Challenges

Is your baby posterior?

The most common position for a baby during labor is head down with the back of the head (occiput) facing the front of the mother (anterior). When the back of the head is facing the back of the mother (posterior) the baby’s

Birth Challenges

What is post-maturity?

From The Merk Manual… “An uncommon syndrome of failing placental function and fetal jeopardy that occurs after 42 wk.” In plain English, this means your baby is not able to get what he needs because the placenta is not working right any

Birth Challenges

When you are overdue…

Overdue (also called post-date) refers to a pregnancy that has gone beyond the generally accepted 42 weeks from the last menstrual period. It only refers to the expected due date, it does not suggest anything about the health of the mother or