It is hard to talk about giving birth in general, as it is a different experience for every woman. The most important thing is not to be nervous about it: there is no right way or wrong way to do it when it comes to delivery. Trust your instincts, pay attention to the signs of your body and the baby and try to follow the advice of your midwife and doctor. Our experienced specialists at Dr. Rose work together as a team to ensure that everything goes smoothly for you: they adapt to your wishes flexibly and effectively right away. Even though you have discussed your plans with our medical team concerning giving birth before, if you decide you would feel better doing something other than you have previously stated to feel comfortable, we divert from the original plan willingly. During the course of your labor everything is about you and the baby: the comfort and safety of the both of you is our utmost concern.
The expectant mother
The process of labor and birth is divided into three stages: cervical dilatation, the delivery of the infant and the passage of the placenta. If this is your first pregnancy, the first stage can last for even 12-18 hours. At the end of this phase the baby is passing lower into the pelvis and deeper into the birth canal, but it might take more than an hour before the cervix fully dilates and the little one can start to work his way through. Delivery stage can last for only half an hour, but it can be as long as two hours. The passage of the placenta is quick and only a minor inconvenience which most mothers do not mind at all, as they are concentrating on holding their newborn child in their arms for the first time.
The baby is protected from the tissue softening effect of the amniotic fluid by the vernix caseosa. The soft fur that used to coat his skin is gone, he weighs 3400 grams and his body is 50-56 centimeters long. He is viable and ready to be born.
If your belly is hardening at quickening regular intervals followed by a strengthening pain, you can be sure that the baby decided that it is time to leave the safety of the womb. In case of women who have given birth before mild pains might suddenly turn into strong ones without any transition, so it is advised to leave for the hospital early. However if this is your first pregnancy, you are still long hours away from experiencing stronger pains. Thus if you do not have any worrisome accompanying symptoms, you should wait until you have strong contractions with regular ten-minute intervals.