Medical Information About Labor & Delivery

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Medical information about labor and delivery is available in the form of books, classes and visits to a physician, but figuring out the options for paint management, location and birth attendants is a great place to start when planning the birth. Research information about the actual birthing process with helpful information from a certified nurse-midwife in this free video on pregnancy.

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So you want to know a little bit about medical information around labor and birth and this is Mavis Schorn, nurse-midwife and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and I'll give you a few things to think about. I know that there are books and classes all kinds of them available for you to take a look at and I encourage you to consider and definitely read as much as you can and consider childbirth classes, just being around other couples and talking about options I think is very valuable. But as we are talking about the birth itself and you are trying to think about some of those options, back up just a little bit and think about you are already pregnant, hopefully you are seeing a provider but make sure you are in the right place. First of all where it it that you want to give birth? Is it in a hospital, is it in a birthing center, is it at home? Who is going to be your birth attendant? Are you seeing a physician? Are you seeing a midwife, a nurse-midwife or another midwife? Are you, what are your plans as far as pain management in labor? What options do you have about that? What options do you have about moving around or being more active during your labor? Can you get up? Do you have to be on a monitor all the time? Can you get in the shower? Is there a tub that you can use to get in labor? Do you have to have an IV? Do you, is there anesthesia available to you if you do want to have anesthesia? Just what kind of options are there for you, and the more you ask those questions the more you'll know that you're in the right place for you.

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