Childbirth Doctor in Dayton, OH
How can I experience childbirth without fear?
As a mother-to-be, it is likely that you will experience various emotions on the day your baby decides to enter the world. You may feel excitement or panic when your water breaks, and then overwhelmed, afraid, anxious, or stressed, as the moments move you closer to birthing your child.
Having an experienced doctor who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth can help ease your tensions and fears on the day you give birth. At Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn, we strive to accommodate, reassure, and guide you through all stages of childbirth.
What are the stages of childbirth?
Every childbirth is unique. Your childbirth process and experience may be different from your friends’ childbirth experiences or even from your own previous childbirth experiences, but in general, you can expect childbirth to occur in three stages:
- Stage 1 – the first and longest stage, occurring in three phases:
- Early labor phase – the first and longest phase. Contractions begin and pain is minimal. The passage that connects your vagina to your uterus, also known as the cervix, begins to dilate.
- Active phase – the cervix dilates quicker. Contractions are more frequent and painful.
- Transition phase – the cervix has fully dilated. Contractions are most frequent and painful in this phase.
- Stage 2 – the pushing stage, during which the cervix completely opens. Your doctor will instruct you to push. Your pushing, combined with the power of your contractions, will help move your baby down the birth canal and into the world.
- Stage 3 – the uterus continues to contract and pushes out your placenta.
What are the possible complications of childbirth?
Childbirth complications can occur during any of the stages mentioned above, and may be more common among high-risk pregnancies. Being aware of these potential complications will help you to be more mentally prepared should a problem arise. Childbirth complications can include:
- Water breaks before eight months
- Delivery takes longer than normal (prolonged labor)
- The baby is in an improper position, such as feet-first (abnormal presentation)
- Tearing of the vagina and surrounding tissues occurs during childbirth
- Excessive bleeding from damage to the uterus occurs during childbirth
- Umbilical cord gets tangled around the baby’s neck or other body parts
- Umbilical cord gets compressed, depriving the baby of oxygen and blood flow (umbilical cord compression)
- Umbilical cord comes out before the baby (umbilical cord prolapse)
- Heart rate of the baby is abnormal
- Baby does not receive proper oxygen (perinatal asphyxia)
- Baby’s head comes out, but the shoulder(s) is/are stuck (shoulder dystocia)
What can I expect after childbirth?
As with any trauma to the body, you may experience various side effects after childbirth. Side effects may include:
- Vaginal soreness
- Vaginal discharge
- Tender breasts
- Hair loss
- Skin changes
- Mood changes
- Weight loss
What are my options for childbirth?
When it comes to childbirth, there is more than one way to bring your baby into the world. From the physical location to preferred methods of birthing, you have a range of options available to you. Common birthing options include:
- Natural childbirth
- Medicated childbirth
- Childbirth center
- Epidural anesthesia
- Cesarean delivery
- Vaginal birth after cesarean
How can I prepare for childbirth?
Whether your baby decides to come right on time, early, or late, taking steps to prepare for childbirth is a great way to help make your delivery date feel less unpredictable. To help you prepare for childbirth you can:
- Sign up for childbirth preparation classes
- Speak with a childbirth educator
- Engage in safe levels of exercise to prepare your body
If you would like to learn more about our childbirth options and services, schedule an appointment with an Ob/Gyn specialist at Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn. With specialized care and cutting-edge treatments in obstetrics and gynecology, Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn offers a wide variety of gynecologic and obstetric services from leaders in Ob/Gyn research development. Call 937.771.5100 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.