How do you prepare a woman for childbirth?

Written by: Dr. José Luis Prieto Alonso
Published: | Updated: 21/11/2018
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

In the final stages of pregnancy it is advisable to go to childbirth classes; In them, it is taught the handling of the baby and exercises of breathing and of push to help to its expulsion. As far as possible, it is also okay to learn perineal massage techniques to try to avoid episiotomy (an incision that is made to prevent tearing of the tissues).


What are the constants of the mother and the baby controlled during labor?

Birth During dilation, the gynecologist monitors the frequency and intensity of the mother's contractions, as well as the baby's heart rate to check her ability to endure during childbirth.

When in doubt, a fetal pH measurement can also be made by drawing a drop of blood from the baby's scalp.


What contingencies can there be in childbirth?

Accidents can occur during childbirth, such as loss of fetal well-being (which we notice in the baby's heart rate). Less common are cord prolapse or placental abruption, which, in most cases, require an urgent cesarean section. Although they are distressing situations and require a quick performance normally the result will be good for both the baby and the mother.


At what point can the epidural be placed in a birth?

The epidural is usually placed when the childbirth has started and there is a dilation of 2-3 centimeters. However, if the pain of contractions is strong for the mother can be put without problems before, it may be able to delay the dilatation a little but increase the well-being of the mother in such an important moment.


What difference in time in the contractions indicates that the baby is leaving?

The output of the baby is not seen by the contractions, in fact there are times that at the time of the expulsive slow contractions. The exit of the head is seen by the final explorations, when the patient is already in the parlor.


How long can delivery take?

The duration of delivery is very variable depending on whether it is the first delivery for the patient or has already had previous deliveries; The size of the baby, etc.. The normal is between 8 and 24 hours.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Luis Prieto Alonso
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Recognized specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Prieto Alonso is an expert in midwifery, laparoscopic, hysteroscopic surgery, breast cancer and ginecoestética with hyaluronic acid. The doctor has the European diploma in gynecologic endoscopic surgery. He has been Chief of Emergency Gynecology and Obstetrics Hospital San José de Madrid, and currently has his own practice.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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