Category «Birth Challenges»

Things don’t always go as planned. Learn how to work through 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 direction. Unless her fear is based in the reality of failing health in …

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 an induction. The measurement of readiness is called the Bishop’s Score, and it …

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 position is called Occiput Posterior. This occurs in 15-30% of labors. A baby …

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 more. Babies who are postmature are sick because they are no longer being …