13 Questions for Expectant Moms

As a labour doula, I’ve learned a lot about childbirth that I didn’t know when I had my three. Therefore, I thought I’d compile a list for my clients of questions they might have and where to find the answers. Below are some of the questions I will be including. Do you know the answers?

1. What is the difference between practice surges (aka Braxton-Hicks) and actual labour?

2. What is actually happening during labour?

3. When should you call your midwife or doctor?

4. If you are giving birth in the hospital, when should you head there?

5. What are the pros and cons of internal exams?

6. What is fetal monitoring and is it necessary?

7. What are the advantages of frequently changing position while in labour?

8. What are the pros and cons of getting an epidural?

9. Are there other ways to manage the growing intensity of contractions?

10. Is it safe to labour in water? Is it safe to give birth in water?

11. What are the advantages of immediate skin to skin contact with your baby after birth?

12. What signs indicate you should get immediate medical attention?

And of course . . .

13. What are the advantages of having a labour doula?

Over the next few days, I will briefly answer the questions above and recommend resources for more thorough research on these and other subjects pertaining to pregnancy and childbirth. Remember, these are only generalizations. If you have questions or concerns, follow up with medical professionals.

12 thoughts on “13 Questions for Expectant Moms

  1. Today . . . answers to Questions 1 & 2 . . .

    1. Contractions that lead to the arrival of a baby get “longer, stronger, and closer together.” However, practice surges help prepare a woman’s body for birth and are an important part of the process for many.

    2. The tightening of the muscles in early labour shorten and open the cervix. After transition (that time when many moms think they can’t go on, from 8cm to 10cm dilation), baby begins to descend.

    There are, of course, many other physical and emotional changes that happen during the birthing process. I will discuss some of them as I answer the other questions.

  2. On to Questions 3 & 4 . . .

    Remember, these are only guidelines. Always seek the input of trained professionals if you have questions or concerns.

    3. & 4. You may have heard of the 4-1-1 or the 5-1-1 rule. That means contractions occur four to five minutes apart, last for approximately one minute, and continue that way for an hour. It is advised that, at this point, first time moms make their way to the location where they plan to give birth. Subsequent labours often progress more rapidly. This should be kept in mind. (4th Edition Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn)

    Although I wrote these questions thinking about labour, there are times during pregnancy when it is important to seek medical assistance. For more information, you can check the Baptist Hospital East website.

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