The Act of Giving Birth-A Look at Current Trends (Part 1) – Dr. Michael Cardwell

The the fundamentals of the act of giving birth haven’t changed for thousands of years but many changes over the past couple decades have made the process safer, less clinical and more rewarding for Mom and Dad. Physicians and Midwives first job is ensuring the safety of Mom and Baby. We have been able to do this but also make the birth a great experience for Mom (and Dad). I tell my patients that my goal for them is to make the day they give birth is the greatest day of their lives, and it usually is. Hospital births take place in suites that look like hotel rooms. Meriter has beautiful newly remodeled birth suites. Behind the nice cabinetry is all the life saving technology that is sometimes needed to provide a safe birth for Mom and and baby. All of the birth rooms at Meriter have large whirlpool baths which are a fabulous comfort measure during labor. Some of the suites at Meriter are equiped with actual water birth tubs.

In years past hospital births were very cold and clinical. Not anymore. In our practice, Mom and Dad often take part in the birth, even assisting in the actual delivery. It used to be that babies would separated from Mom at birth. Now most often babies go right from the birth canal onto Mom’s chest. Delayed cord clamping, waiting several minutes until the umbilical cord stops pulsing, is a common practice. In a change called the “Gentle Cesarean”, pioneered by our practice at Meriter, the baby goes directly from the womb to Mom’s arms so that she can hold and bond with her baby even as the surgery is completed.

Women are very well informed these days about options for prenatal care and delivery. Probably the biggest change over the past several years is the move to a more collaborative relationship between Doctor or Midwife and patient. There are a lot of ‘right choices’ during pregnancy care and childbirth. Our job is to help our patients find their own right choices. As providers we give our patients our best advice and trust them to be partners in decision making and they almost always make great choices.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Are You Up-to-Date on Your Immunizations?

Being immunized can help keep you from contracting a serious illness, and also safeguard your unborn child if you’re pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Find out what you need to know about vaccinations to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy.

Why You Should Never Ignore Abnormal Bleeding

Changes in your menstrual cycle, especially abnormal bleeding, shouldn’t be overlooked or ignored. Seeking help is the first step to diagnosing the problem, and a specialist in women's health is your best option.

Warning Signs of Menopause

Are you starting to experience a wide range of unusual symptoms as you age? It could be early warning signs of menopause. Hormonal depletion can cause a wide range of changes in your body and affect your mind, body, and mood.

What's Included in a Well-Woman Exam?

Have you had a well-woman exam this year to check out your reproductive and general health? Here’s what you can expect from this routine, annual visit to your gynecologist.

Tips for Developing Your Birth Plan

The birth of your child should be a wonderful experience. Having a detailed plan can help you enjoy the delivery of your baby without stress or misunderstandings about your wishes. Find out what to include in your own birth plan.