Planning for Childbirth

While you never know exactly what will happen during your baby’s birth, it is a good idea to be as prepared as possible. Take a childbirth education class and work with your doctor to develop a birth plan.

“One important issue to think about is whether you want a natural birth or pain-relief medication,” says
Sara A. Meyer, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “While some women can manage very well with breathing and relaxation techniques, others benefit from an epidural or other Meyer_Sarapain-relief medications.”

Another item to consider is how much you want your doctor to assist you in your delivery. If your labor is not progressing well, your doctor may administer a medication such as Pitocin, which speeds up contractions and cervix dilation. Later, if you have been pushing for a long time, your doctor may use a vacuum or forceps to help the delivery.

For more information, call 573-331-3000.

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