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    Birth Day

    Birth Day

    Preparing for Birth

    It’s a day you’ll mark with cake and candles in the coming years—the day that you finally get to meet your new baby! You’ve waited many months for this moment, and spent considerable time thinking about how it will unfold.

    You’ve nurtured your baby during your pregnancy, making wise choices that ensure his or her well-being. Lamaze seeks to provide you with evidence-based information that helps you make informed decisions during birth, and ensure a safe and healthy experience for both of you.

    Healthy Birth Practices

    Healthy Birth Practices

    Healthy Birth Your Way: Six steps to a safer birth. See the videos today

    Birth Partner

    Birth Partner Cheat Sheet

    A birth partner can serve in any manner that helps the laboring woman. What will your partner’s role be? Use our tips

    Medical Interventions

    Medical Interventions

    Common medical interventions you should know about. Become well-informed

    Induction by Stripping of Membranes

    Induction by Artificial Rupture of Membranes

    Artificially rupturing the sac increases your risk of infection. Know your options and if necessary use comfort measures

    Induction with Pitocin

    Induction with Pitocin

    Pitocin increases the strength of contractions and restricts mobility. Be patient waiting

    IV Fluids

    IV Fluids

    Routine use may restrict movement and over-hydrate. Share your desire to eat and drink during labor

    Epidural and Anesthesia

    Epidural and Anesthesia

    Protect your baby and body from injury. What you need to know

    Movement Restrictions

    Movement Restrictions

    Restriction prolongs labor and reduces effectiveness of contractions. Move around and change positions often

    Continuous EFM

    Continuous EFM

    EFM is often used inappropriately and increases the risk of cesarean surgery. Ask about intermittent fetal monitoring

    Directed Pushing

    Directed Pushing

    Limited pushing is not beneficial. Be patient, keep breathing and follow your body’s urges to push

    Episotomy

    Episiotomy

    Routine use is likely to be ineffective or harmful. Get upright and push spontaneously

    Cesarean Surgery

    Cesarean Surgery

    Current research shows that vaginal birth is safer for mother and baby. Let labor start on its own and plan for labor support

    Establishing Breastfeeding

    Establishing Breastfeeding

    Get your breastfeeding relationship off to a good start. Nature’s way to recover and fall in love with your baby

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