A complete database of worldwide medication (trade and generic) providing information on their use, fetal risk during pregnancy and breastfeeding risk, according to the FDA
Regional Anesthetics: “Medications that only affect one portion of the body”
Can be used in Stage I and Sate II
* Intrathecal Narcotics (within spinal canal)
* Pudendal Block
Systemic Drugs: “Medications that affect the Whole Body”
These can be given during 1st stage of labor
* Inhalation Anesthesia
Frequency of Contractions: ”Beginning of one Contraction to the Beginning of the Next Contraction”
Duration of Contraction: “Beginning to end of one contraction”
Contraction of the Uterus: “a rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal”
Birth Plan: “Birth preference list” is a one-to-two page letter you write to everyone attending to the care of the mother during childbirth. In this letter concerns and fears of labor and birth are listed as well as what the mother and partner would like to happend during the care of the mother. This is not a contract but a statement of what the family desires. It can be useful to help guide the childbirth in a way that the mother and father desires. It’s goal is to enhance the satisfaction with the birth experience.
Prostaglandins: Hormone that helps ripen cervix and induce labor. These are naturally occurring and are increased in women during intercourse, which is a natural option to inducing labor instead of a medical intervention using a synthetic version.
Slow-Dancing (during Labor Comfort Measure): The movements in slow dancing take advantage of gravity and help align your baby with the upper part of your pelvis (pelvic inlet) and encourage her descent into the birth canal. Moving also allows your pelvis to change shape slightly, which encourages your baby to rotate. The movement of the feet can also cause a counter-pressure to the pain during labor.