Placenta previa occurs when the placenta has grown over the cervix, a condition that is usually identified before labor begins. Placenta previa is the most common cause of painless vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. In less than 2% of cases the previa does
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
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
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
A Fast Labor, also known as a precipitous birth, is a labor that lasts less than three hours. A fast labor is not an emergency situation since generally a fast labor means everything is working perfectly.
Certain situations endanger the life of the baby or the mother. Although these emergencies are very rare, it is important that informed parents understand what these terms mean so they can respond quickly.
Also called fetal distres or non-reassuring fetal status, the theory of fetal distress is this: Neurological damage occurs when the baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen. Lack of oxygen to the brain can be recognized by patterns in the baby’s heart rate.
A discouraged mother has lost her enthusiasm and desire to give birth naturally. She may feel depressed or defeated. A mother who is fatigued during labor may be more likely to become discouraged. In labor, a mother may become discouraged if she
The most common position for a baby to be in during labor is called the vertex, or head down position. A breech baby is not head down, but rather feet or buttocks down. There are three different breech positions a baby can
While a history of abuse is not a challenge caused by labor, it can make labor more challenging. The following is an interview with a reader who chose to share her story so others may be better prepared.