Preparing For Birth-Tips For Difficult Or Safe Delivery.
Birth is a natural event. When the mother is healthy and everything goes well, the baby can be born without help from anyone. In a normal birth, the less the midwife or birth attendant does, the more likely everything will go well.
Difficulties in childbirth do occur and sometimes the life of the mother or child may be in danger. If there is any reason to think that a birth may be difficult or dangerous, a skilled midwife or experience doctor should be present.
CAUTION : If you have a fever, cough, sore throat or sores or infections on your skin at the time of birth, it would be better for someone else to deliver the baby.
SIGNS OF SPECIAL RISK THAT MAKE IT IMPORTANT THAT A DOCTOR OR SKILLED MIDWIFE ATTEND THE BIRTH—IF POSSIBLE IN A HOSPITAL
- If regular labor pains begin more than 3 weeks before the baby is expected.
- If the woman begins to bleed before labor.
- If there are signs of toxemia of pregnancy.
- If the woman is suffering from chronic or acute illness such as diabetes.
- If the woman is very anemic or if her blood does not clot normally whenever she cuts herself.
- If she is under 15, over 40, or over 35 at her first pregnancy.
- If she has had more than 5 or 6 babies.
- If she is especially short or has narrow hips.
- If she has had serious trouble or severe bleeding with other births.
- If it looks like she will have twins.
- If it seems that the baby is not in a normal position in the womb.
- If the bag of waters breaks and labor does not begin within a few hours.
Danger sign—heavy staining of the waters (green and thick) caused by the baby’s first stool. (slight yellow staining is all right)
Great danger—Fever .
THE BIRTHS WITH THE GREATEST CHANCE OF PROBLEMS ARE :
- The first birth
- The last births after having many children.