Shortest stage lasts only a few minutes birthing

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Shortest stage; lasts only a few minutes Birthing options Natural vs. Medical Model Induction (pitocin): increases strength and duration of contractions Pain relief (analgesics, anesthesia): drugs can be passed to baby, may extend labor or cause fever, increased risk of C-section Forceps/vacuum: bruising/ jaundice, hemorrhaging, facial nerve damage, episiotomy/ tearing C-section /VBAC (Vaginal birth after a C-section) Birthing options continued
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Doula : Certified labor coach/assistant Help relax soon-to-be mothers during the labor process Work to reduce stress level while in labor to help produce fewer complications and problems Midwife : Delivers baby at your home or hospital Notice if your midwife is accredited or non-accredited Home Births Most births worldwide (and especially historically) occur at home Post-Delivery Decisions Cord Blood Donation or Banking Babies are a perfect match for their own stem cells and may be a match for a sibling or other family members Stem cells used to treat many life-threatening diseases, including anemia, leukemia, and certain other cancers Placenta Eating it theorized to aid postpartum recovery and fight off baby blues Not recommended because no known benefit and it can be a pathway of bacterial infection U.S. Birth outcomes U.S. Maternal Mortality Why is us maternal mortality rising?
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