Be prepared for the Unexpected

(Originally Posted on Jun 1, 2015)

As your pregnancy progresses and delivery is near, most mothers have an idea about the way things will happen. Some women are very adamant they do not want pain medication while others want something to ease their discomfort. These are issues that should be discussed with your doctor ahead of time. 

Your doctor can tell you what choices are available, and you can decide the way your labor and delivery are managed. However, the one thing every delivery plan has in common is that it should ready for the unexpected. A baby coming into this world can be a natural process, but there are many factors that can affect the labor and delivery that are unpredictable. Your doctor always has the safety of you and your baby as a top priority. They will not suggest something outside your original plan unless they feel it is necessary.

Most women feel better when they have some control over the birthing process. When they loose control, they can feel frightened and nervous. There are a lot of issues that may arise during delivery, and that is why you should have a conversation with your healthcare provider about what to expect when the unexpected happens. This will give you a feeling of control even if things have to venture from your original plan.

Learn about the office’s policy on certain issues such as C-sections and the use of medicines to aid in labor and delivery. If you are worried about complications, voice your concerns to your doctor. You may be surprised to know that these are common feelings and a discussion can help to ease your mind. Your doctor can consider certain requests so that your wishes are known and will be taken under consideration when the time comes.

It is normal to feel a little blue if things do not go as planned. Women often feel upset if their body isn’t able to perform in the way they thought it should. If you expected to deliver without any anesthesia, and then got an epidural half way through, you might feel very disappointed. Maybe you were dreading a C-section and ended up having one.

No matter what your delivery looks like, you should feel proud that you did what you could to deliver your baby safely. Every labor is different. Some women have very fast deliveries, and some women have longer ones. Every woman’s labor and delivery story is different and unique to them.

It is important to have a doctor you feel comfortable with. At Palm Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology, our patients are of utmost importance. We offer a full range of labor experiences to ensure you will be at your most comfortable during labor and delivery. We also see routine and high-risk pregnancy patients. We are honored to be such a huge part of every addition our patients make to their families. If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant and are in the Palm Beach area and would like to make an appointment, call us at 561-434-0111.

Dr. Sylvia Siegfried

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