You already know that a warm bath can soothe sore muscles and help you relax. It makes sense, then, that for many moms a water birth—when your labor, delivery or both are done in a birth tub filled with warm water—makes the birthing experience less painful and more soothing.
You may not be an ideal candidate for water birth if:
- You are having a multiple birth
- You have experienced complications such as preeclampsia or premature labor
- You have existing medical conditions
- Are considered a high-risk pregnancy
- Your baby is premature (less than 37 weeks)
- Your baby is in the breech position
- Your baby has first bowel movement while still inside (meconium stained fluid)
However, if your pregnancy has been healthy and your baby is well positioned, there are many benefits of water birthing.
While epidural and intrathecal pain control methods cannot be used during a water birth, you may not miss them. Studies have shown that having all or part of your labor in water reduces pain, in part by decreasing adrenaline production, allowing for a shorter labor, and by decreasing the pressure on your abdomen, which means better blood circulation and more oxygen to both you and your baby.
The water also helps reduce the incidence and severity of tearing, and the buoyancy makes it easier for you to move and find a position that is comfortable. The more relaxed and comfortable you are, the more you will be able to focus on the process of birth as it’s happening. Continue Reading »
As a mother of a nine-month old, I understand the feelings parents may have when introducing first foods to your baby. It is exciting, but also nerve-wracking. Starting pureed solids is a slow and gradual process. Keep in mind that early on, most of your baby’s nutrition is coming from breastmilk or formula. Here are some tips and answers to help you get started.
Choosing a pediatrician can be overwhelming, no matter if it’s your first or fourth child. Thankfully, Affinity Health System has a whole team of experts to guide moms-to-be.
At around 20-24 weeks of your pregnancy, your doctor, midwife or a nurse educator may ask you if you’ve selected a pediatrician. This is a great time to start thinking about what you would want in a pediatrician for your new bundle of joy.
When I was at 22 weeks, I too needed to start thinking about choosing a pediatrician for my son. This is a great time to think through any preferences you may request in a pediatrician. A connection specialist, like myself, will be able to match your family with a pediatrician. Some of the questions I will ask you include:
- In what city do you prefer to have a pediatrician?
- Are there certain specialties that you would request of your pediatrician?
- Would you like to meet the pediatrician prior to your first appointment?
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In 2012 I started my job as a connection specialist, which allows me the opportunity to help our community get properly matched with great health care. I was able to use my job skills to match myself with excellent health care in 2014 when I became pregnant!
I’ll never forget the moment I found out I was pregnant. I had visited my OBGYN with complaints of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. I thought I was starting early menopause, and I laughed when the nurse asked if I was pregnant. But sure enough, the pregnancy test came back positive. I couldn’t believe that at 40 I could be pregnant again!
It took a little bit to let everything soak in. All of the questions of the pregnancy process began to swim around in my mind: who would I choose as an OB and what were the steps I needed to take to make sure both baby and I stayed healthy? Finding out you’re pregnant is an exciting time but very overwhelming time, no matter what your age. Thankfully, Affinity has a whole team of experts to guide moms-to-be, partners and your baby along the journey.
This is where I, as a connection specialist, became a patient again. Only you can decide what the most important considerations are for you. Before you choose a provider, your connection specialist will ask the following questions about: Continue Reading »