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Monday, January 25, 2010

The main ideas

So essentially when we watch the fetal heart rate, we are watching to make sure that things are ok with the placenta and the umbilical cord, and thus make sure that baby is getting oxygenated.

The fetal heart rate can help us understand if the baby is getting enough oxygen. And it also gives us clues as to what we can do to help support both mom and baby during the labor. It is important to note that when the fetal heart rate shows accelerations and has normal variability, that the baby is most likely doing fine. However, when it is not normal, it does not always mean that the baby is having major problems. So, you have to take many different factors and assessments into consideration.

Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 5th ed. Gabbe et al.
Fanaroff and Martin's Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 8th ed. Martin et al.

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.