The midwives at Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery welcome your personal preferences for childbirth and work with you as a team to help you make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy as you prepare for your labor and delivery.
You have many choices to make about childbirth including where you want to deliver. You can choose a hospital, birthing center, or at home. You also can make decisions about whether you want to deliver vaginally or if a cesarean delivery is best and safest for you. Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery performs gentle C-sections that are similar to natural birth. Also, you may want to give birth without pain-killing drugs or have an epidural.
These decisions should be made prior to labor, so delivering your baby is as stress-free as possible, and you can focus on the important job of bringing a healthy baby into the world.
There are many signs that your body is getting ready for childbirth. Your baby will drop and settle deeper into your pelvis, relieving some of the pressure on your lungs. Soon, the mucus plug that protects your cervix is expelled. Your water may break before or after your labor begins and it’s relatively rare for a dramatic release of fluid. Most women experience a leak or trickle.
Then, your labor begins when your cervix begins to dilate. As your cervix opens, you experience contraction cramps. Initially, your contractions might feel like back pain or a menstrual cramp, and they’re irregular. However, as your cervix widens, your contractions become more regular and frequent, while increasing in intensity.
Unless you have received different instructions from your midwife, you should call when your contractions are consistently five minutes apart and leave for the hospital or birthing center. Your midwife and childbirth team will meet you at your selected location.
Your childbirth experience depends on what type of delivery you choose. Vaginal and cesarean deliveries are very different. C-sections are surgical procedures, and you are thoroughly numbed throughout the operation and won’t need to push.
Vaginal deliveries are more variable than C-sections. However, in general, there are three stages of labor. During the first stage, your contractions become more frequent and stronger as your cervix dilates. Eventually, when your cervix is fully dilated to 10 centimeters, you begin stage two of labor when you push with your contractions to propel your baby through the birth canal. Stage three of labor occurs after your baby is delivered and you expel the placenta.
To get started on your childbirth plan, call Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery or make an appointment online today.