Modern Obstetrics Series

Modern obstetric care offers so many options! How do you decide which is best for you?

Most women in the US give birth in a hospital setting. Our Modern Obstetrics Series helps you make the most of the tools and techniques unique to giving birth in a hospital. 

The Modern Obstetrics Series is ideal for anyone giving birth in the hospital, especially those who plan to use a specific intervention like induction of labor or epidural anesthesia.

Making the Most of Common Interventions

Some interventions are so widely used that they become part of the routine of birthing in a hospital, but you do have options to choose from.

From electronic fetal monitoring, IV fluids, IV pitocin, and restriction of activity and food and fluids during labor to IV pitocin, clamping of the umbilical cord, and newborn bathing and medications after birth and more, you'll learn what each interventions is, why it's recommended, other options, how to minimize possible side effects, and how each can affect the rest of your labor, birth, and recovery. These interventions are routine for a reason, and our focus isn't on convincing families they don't need them; rather, we focus on understanding the pros and cons of each intervention and the situations in which these interventions can help you make the most of your birthing experience.
This session is ideal for those who want to understand the common or "routine" tools used in the hospital setting.

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Making the Most of Labor Induction

Sometimes labor needs a little kickstart, but induced labor is very different from spontaneous labor.

About a quarter of labors in the the United States are induced. Although women who have their labors induced are more likely to have a cesarean birth than those who have spontaneous labor, some evidence supports induction of labor to reduce the rates of cesarean birth as compared to waiting for labor to begin on its own. You'll learn when induction of labor is necessary, when it's a good idea, and who should not have their labors induced as well as what can be done before and during an induction to increase the likelihood of vaginal birth. From making the decision to induce and cervical ripening, to the best timing for various interventions and when to declare an induction as "failed," you'll learn what you need to know to make the most of your induction of labor.
This session is ideal for anyone considering or planning induction of labor, including those who have any issue which makes induction of labor more likely, such as gestational diabetes or a history of high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia.

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Making the Most of Epidural Anesthesia

Most women in the United States use epidural anesthesia in labor, but very few know all the tips and tricks to make the most of it.

You'll learn about how epidural anesthesia works, key tips for timing and positioning and coping techniques for placement of the epidural catheter, other interventions necessary when using epidural anesthesia, and how it affects your labor, birth, and early hours with baby after birth. We'll also cover the variety of medications used for pain control and to manage side effects, which conditions make epidural anesthesia difficult to place or less effective, and how to cope if you're one of the roughly 15% of women for whom epidural anesthesia doesn't work as expected. Being well-informed will definitely help you make the most of your epidural anesthesia.
This session is ideal for anyone considering or planning to use epidural anesthesia during labor.

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Making the Most of Cesarean Birth & Recovery

Make your cesarean birth a beautiful birth!

About a third of births in the United States are by cesarean section, where the medical and surgical aspects can take over the birth experience. You'll learn who should have a cesarean birth, considerations for timing, preparation and self-care to prevent complications and maximize your comfort, and details on the process from admission to the hospital to discharge home. We'll also cover how to make the most of recovering from cesarean birth, what additional care you'll need at home following birth, and how to help your body to recover both from pregnancy and surgery while finding its "new normal" in the postpartum period. The experience of cesarean birth is different than a vaginal birth in large part due to hormonal differences, so you'll be ready to make the most of your cesarean birth and get your recovery, baby, and breastfeeding off to a strong start.
This session is ideal for anyone considering or planning to have a cesarean birth as well as those who are at increased risk of cesarean birth (gestational diabetes, induction of labor, etc.)

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