Labor and Delivery

Monday, February 14, 2011

Whether you are preparing for your first child or your fifth, anxiety and stress almost always accompany the labor and delivery process. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some ways you can prepare for the birth of a baby in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pregnancy and childbirth are both exciting and rewarding experiences and the labor and delivery process is a natural and beautiful process. But it can also be one of the most challenging things you will do in your lifetime.

Make all of the necessary arrangements and decisions in advance so that at the moment of labor and delivery you are not trying to make critical decisions at a time when you are not emotionally prepared. Make plans and discuss them with your doctor.

Each labor is different. Your labor with your first baby will probably be the longest. Some women think walking during labor speeds it up and makes them more comfortable.

You should also talk to your doctor about pain control and about what options will be available at your hospital. Epidurals are used at some hospitals to treat pain during labor.

The more you learn about the labor and delivery process, the more confident you will be and the more prepared you will be mentally, emotionally and physically for a positive childbirth experience.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.