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Childbirth Preparation in Bucks, Montgomery, and Hunterdon, PA

The doctors and staff here at Doylestown Women’s Health Center are committed toward providing all patients living in and around Bucks, Montgomery, and Hunterdon, PA with the best in childbirth preparation. Your gynecologist and obstetrics team will provide you with the exceptional care, guidance, and support you need from your first visit with us until the day that you’re discharged. You’ll likely feel very excited about giving birth, but also full of anticipation as you wait for the arrival of your baby. During this time, you’ll likely also have many questions about your pregnancy – including the big day when you deliver your new baby. There’s no need to worry though – with our help, we’ll always make sure that you have all the information needed every step of the way!


Childbirth Preparation

Prepared childbirth is an educational approach to labor and delivery where the parents have specifically prepared for this event. This will help both parents understand the birth process and their roles during labor and delivery. The aim is for the mother to be awake and cooperative while her partner is able to assume an active and supportive role as she’s giving birth.

With this approach, parents will be educated so that they’ll be able to actively participate and share the experience of childbirth. While the methods may vary, all of them advocate a family-centered maternity care program. Classes will include instruction on childbirth, anesthesia, and analgesia during labor and delivery. With this information, the mother will decide if she’d like to have a natural childbirth or choose to receive medications or regional anesthesia. This approach can provide benefits such as a more comfortable pregnancy, a shorter period of labor, less birth trauma, and a lower mortality rate among newborns.

C Section Delivery

While the ideal outcome is almost always a vaginal delivery, there are times where it becomes apparent that a vaginal delivery may pose risks to either the mother or the baby. A C section (also known as cesarean section) is the delivery of the baby through a surgical incision that’s made in the mother’s abdomen. This may be necessary because:

  • The baby is too big to fit through the mother’s pelvis.

  • There are concerns over the baby’s heart rate.

  • The baby isn’t positioned headfirst.

  • There’s a condition called placenta previa, where the placenta is lying at the bottom of the uterus, stopping the baby from exiting the womb or causing heavy bleeding during delivery.

  • The mother has had previous C sections.


Post Childbirth

After your delivery, you and your baby will remain in the hospital under our care for about two-to-four days (depending on the type of delivery). Additionally, one support person can stay with you for 24 hours if you desire. Other visitors are allowed to come and see the new baby from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.

One of our doctors will see you each day you’re here in the hospital. This care that’s provided for you will help you adjust to the soreness that can occur immediately after delivery. Bleeding is generally similar to a heavy period and will last anywhere from four-to-six weeks. You’ll also likely experience some mild-to-moderate cramping after childbirth.

Breastfeeding

We encourage all mothers to seriously consider breastfeeding their newborns. All medications that we provide in our postpartum care unit to help with your recovery will be breastfeeding compatible and we’ll even offer you a lactation consultant to work with you each day. After you’re discharged, we’ll provide you with resources that will help you continue to breastfeed properly while ensuring that you’re taking fantastic care of both yourself and your baby.

Contact Your Hunterdon, Bucks, and Montgomery, PA Gynecologist and Obstetrics Team!

If you have any questions or concerns for us, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We at Doylestown Women’s Health Center will be glad to help you however we can! If you’d like to schedule a visit with your gynecologist and obstetrics team, we encourage you to give us a call at (215) 340-2229. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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