Lecture 1 - Birth I. Cesarean Section a. Much higher in...

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Birth I. Cesarean Section a. Much higher in U.S. than in other countries b. Recently became elective c. Can avoid serious complications via C section d. Healthier babies via vaginal birth e. Mothers don’t have to go through long labor f. Risky for moms i. Operation ii. Infection iii. Blood clots iv. Recovery is longer v. Muscles after C section don’t heal enough to allow you to have subsequent natural births, so next babies must be C section g. Fetal Monitoring i. Heart rate controversies ii. Defensive medicine iii. Higher chance for C section II. Birth Position a. Most common in natural birth across globe is squatting i. Gravity ii. Fewer complications b. Alternative Birth centers i. Standing up 1. Hanging on to spouse ii. Pseudo squat 1. Sit on gym balls iii. Whirlpools c. Hospital i. Lie flat 1. So OB can see what’s going on ii. Sit up d. Birth Chair i. Didn’t catch on III. Anesthetics a. Formerly all of the time went under b. Anesthetics get into baby i. Takes a while for it to metabolize out – less alert
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2011 for the course PSY 0310 taught by Professor Strauss during the Fall '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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Lecture 1 - Birth I. Cesarean Section a. Much higher in...

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