Labor & Delivery

labor and deliveryThe doctors and staff at Doylestown Women’s Health Center are dedicated to providing patients living in Bucks, Montgomery and Hunterdon Counties with superior gynecologic and obstetric care. From your first visit with us through the day of your delivery, you can count on us to provide you with the exceptional care, guidance and support you need.

During your pregnancy, you are most likely feeling very excited and full of anticipation as you plan for the arrival of your new baby. But this is also a time during your life when you may have many questions. It is our goal to ensure that you have all the information you need at every stage of your pregnancy including on the big day when you deliver your new baby.

We recommend that all expecting mothers take part in a variety of the prenatal classes offered at Doylestown Hospital. These classes will help prepare you for what lies ahead while providing you with the information and support you need from experienced professionals.

Prepared Childbirth

The physicians at Doylestown Women's Health Center believe strongly in prepared childbirth.

Prepared childbirth is an educational approach to labor and delivery in which the parents are specifically prepared for the event.  The goal is for the mother to be awake and cooperative and for her partner to assume an active and supportive role during the birth of their child.

Through this approach, parents are educated so that they can actively participate in and share in the experience of childbirth. While the methods of instruction may vary, all methods advocate a family-centered maternity care program. The goal of prepared childbirth is to help both parents understand the birth process and their expected roles during labor and delivery. Classes include instruction on childbirth, anesthesia and analgesia during labor and delivery. With this information, the mother can decide if she would like to have a natural childbirth or choose to receive medications or regional anesthesia. The benefits of this approach are believed to be a more comfortable pregnancy, a shorter period of labor, less birth trauma and a decrease in the morbidity and mortality rate among newborns.

Cesarean "C" Section Delivery

While the ideal outcome for both mother and baby is almost always a vaginal delivery, sometimes it becomes apparent that a vaginal delivery may pose a risk to the mother and/or baby. A cesarean section delivery or “C” section, is the delivery of the baby through a surgical incision made in the mother’s abdomen. The decision to proceed with a cesarean section can sometimes be made ahead of labor. In other circumstances, it will be made during labor.

Reasons why a cesarean section may be necessary include:

  • The baby is too big  to fit through the mother's pelvis
  • There are concerns over the baby's heart rate
  • The mother has had cesarean sections
  • The baby is not positioned headfirst, for example - a breech presentation
  • Pacenta previa, a condition where the placenta is lying at the bottom of the uterus which can stop the baby from exiting the womb or cause heavy bleeding during delivery

The physicians at Doylestown Women’s Health Center are committed to providing you with excellent obstetric care while giving you the opportunity to share in the decision making-process according to the most up-to-date obstetric standards to which we adhere. Our goal is to successfully and safely manage your unique and special day.

Hospital Care

Following your delivery, you and your baby will remain in the hospital under our care for 2-4 days, depending on the type of delivery. In addition, one support person can stay with you 24 hours if desired. Other visitors may come and celebrate the new addition to your family from noon to 8pm daily.

One of our doctors will see you each day you are in the hospital. The care you receive in the hospital will include helping you adjust to the soreness that can occur immediately after delivery and which can last for several weeks. Bleeding is generally similar to a heavy period and can last for anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. You can also expect some mild to moderate cramping after childbirth. All medications that are offered in our postpartum unit to help with your recovery are breastfeeding compatible.

We encourage all our mothers to seriously consider breastfeeding their newborns. Mothers who choose to breastfeed will be seen by the lactation consultant each day. Upon discharge from the hospital, resources will be provided in order to help you continue to breastfeed properly while ensuring you are taking excellent care of yourself and your baby.

Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy

Whether you are already pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant, visiting your Doylestown PA obstetrician is a very important first step in having a healthy pregnancy. As our patient, you can rest assured that our experienced and caring doctors and staff will be by your side throughout the duration of your pregnancy and once your new baby is born. If you would like to set up your first visit with us, please call our office today at (215) 340-BABY (2229) to schedule an appointment time. 

We look forward to meeting you and providing you with the care and guidance you need during this very exciting time of your life!

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