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Does your idea of delivery comfort have less to do with the bed you’ll give birth in, and more to do with the medical backup you'll have on hand? If so, a hospital is probably the most comfortable choice for you — putting you in good company.
Giving birth in a hospital is by far the most popular choice of expectant couples in the United States. It’s the choice for women who have what’s considered a “high-risk” pregnancy (e.g., if you’re 35 and over, are pregnant with multiples or have conditions like gestational diabetes). It also offers the most options in terms of who can make your delivery: While most birthing center and home births are attended by midwives (certified or direct entry), your hospital birth can be overseen by an OB-GYN, a family physician or a certified nurse-midwife (96 percent of CNM deliveries are, in fact, in regular hospitals). Doulas are welcome, too.
Just as there are pros and cons for every choice you'll make when it comes to your childbirth experience, there are pluses and minuses when it comes to having your baby in a hospital.
ADVANTAGES OF A HOSPITAL BIRTH
Some of the plus-sides of a hospital birth include:
- It’s the safest option. If you're at high risk, it's the safest childbirth environment for you and your baby. Ditto if an unforeseen complication arises during labor (such as a prolapsed cord or placenta abruption, for example).
- It’s close to an operating room. If you need a cesarean section (either planned or emergency), it's the only place you can have one. And you won't have to be transferred mid-labor if it looks like you'll need one — you'll just have to move from your birthing room to the operating room.
- It offers the most advanced technology. On-staff pediatricians and, in many hospitals, sophisticated newborn medical technology are available should your baby need immediate medical care.
- You have easy access to pain relief. Anesthesiologists on staff are almost always available to provide pain relief medications as you request, from epidurals to narcotics.
DOWNSIDES OF A HOSPITAL BIRTH
Some of the disadvantages of a hospital birth are:
- Hospitals, especially larger ones, can seem impersonal and intimidating. Taking a tour ahead of time can help you feel more familiar — and more comfortable — at your hospital of choice. Keep in mind, though, that more hospitals, even those big ones, are doing more and more to have a "family-friendly" feel in the labor and delivery wing.
- Even private rooms aren't that private. There's a lot of coming and going in hospital rooms — it may often seem like there's a round-the-clock revolving door of residents, nurses and other hospital staff members hovering around your bedside. You can expect to get less rest, too, at a hospital for the same reason ("time to check your blood pressure again").
- Separations are often routine. Even if you've chosen to "room-in" with your baby, there will be times when hospital routines will separate you, including for newborn screenings.
- Hospital policies rule. Though hospitals are more open to birthing alternatives than ever before (if only to keep up with the demands of expectant parents who've come to expect more), they're bound by protocols and procedures — which means you will be, too. Still, chances are good that with the help of your practitioner you'll be able to create a birth plan that gives you the birth experience you want, even in a hospital setting.
Without a doubt, hospitals have come a long way since the days when deliveries took place in cold, uncomfortable, sterile delivery rooms. Today, the equipment's still sterile (and that's a good thing), but the surroundings are typically far from it. If your hospital has an official policy of family-centered maternity care (many do), you can expect birthing rooms that are comfortable and homey, designed in warm, soothing colors, with all the medical necessities at hand (but hidden behind armoires), dim lights, private bathrooms (including showers and/or baths that can be used for hydrotherapy relief during labor), and ample space — including sofa beds — for family members and your birth coaches (your spouse, a doula etc.).
FINDING THE RIGHT HOSPITAL FOR YOU
It’s never too early to start researching hospitals — especially at some of the more popular facilities, which may have a limited number of spaces in their labor and delivery suites. Check online and ask friends for recommendations. A few things to consider:
- Is the hospital in your insurance network? Although the Affordable Care Act now requires all insurance plans to cover maternity care, the deductibles, coinsurance, copayments or similar charges for each service can vary, up to an out-of-pocket maximum for in-network providers. If you’re out of network, however, the charges can skyrocket.
- What amenities does the facility offer? Consider the type of birth you’re hoping to achieve. If you’re hoping for a more natural birth, for example, does the facility offer or allow birthing tubs? If price is less of a factor than convenience, you may also want to consider if the facility offers labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms, where instead of moving between several rooms from labor through recovery you’ll stay put.
- What’s the C-section rate? Rates of C-sections can vary widely from hospital to hospital, from 7 percent to nearly 70 percent, so it’s a good idea to look into your hospital’s rates online (here is a good source to get started). If your hospital of choice has particularly high rates, you can ask why when you visit the hospital.
- Does the facility support breastfeeding? If you’re planning to breastfeed, you may want to check if your hospital is a certified “Baby-Friendly Hospital” (see the full list here). The Baby-Friendly certification means the hospital follows World Health Organization and UNICEF guidelines to support mothers in successful breastfeeding, including allowing mothers and infants to room together 24 hours per day. Don’t fret if your hospital isn’t on the list either: Just be sure to ask about breastfeeding assistance your hospital offers when you take your hospital tour.
Finally, take a tour of the facility you’re most interested in using, if possible at around week 30 to 34 of pregnancy. This will give you a chance to ask questions, clear up the smaller details and meet some of the staff who will be assisting you on D-Day.
THE COST OF A HOSPITAL DELIVERY
Your hospital will work with your insurance company to determine what your co-pay will be. While the Affordable Care Act guarantees some low- or no-cost prenatal and infant care, insurance companies vary on the amount charged for your hospital care and stay during labor, delivery and recovery. How much you pay out-of-pocket depends on factors including treatments needed for you and your baby, the facility at which you deliver, your health insurance and more.
Source Material: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/hospital-birth/
Photographer: Masha Georgiev Birth Photography
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As a Portland Oregon & Los Angeles Home Birth Photographer I often get asked "Do you think I should have a Hospital or a Home Birth?"
While this is a very personal decision, that should be made between you and your partner, I wanted to jot down how the two differ, and some of the pro's and con's for both. So here we go!
In this post I will start with a Home Birth.
What happens during a planned home birth?
During a planned home birth you'll give birth in your home instead of in a hospital or birth center. You'll need to be assisted during labor and delivery by a knowledgeable midwife or, in some cases, a doctor to help ensure the health of you and your baby.
During your prenatal care your health care provider will review a list of conditions during pregnancy and labor that would require treatment by a doctor and compromise the safety of a planned home birth. Your health care provider will also review the challenges that can occur during childbirth, how he or she — in comparison with a hospital — would handle them, and the possible health risks for you and your baby.
During labor, your health care provider will periodically — rather than continuously — monitor your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and your baby's heart rate. After delivery, you'll be close to your baby. Your health care provider will examine your newborn and determine whether he or she needs to be transferred to a hospital. In addition, your health care provider will give you information on how to care for your newborn. Follow-up care might include home visits and lactation support.
Why do women choose planned home births?
You might choose a planned home birth for many reasons, including:
- A desire to give birth in a familiar, relaxing environment surrounded by people of your choice
- A desire to wear your own clothes, take a shower or bath, eat, drink and move around freely during labor
- A desire to control your labor position or other aspects of the birthing process
- A desire to give birth without medical intervention, such as pain medication
- Cultural or religious norms or concerns
- A history of fast labor
- Lower cost
Are there situations when a planned home birth isn't recommended?
A planned home birth isn't right for everyone. Your health care provider might caution against a planned home birth if you:
- Have diabetes, chronic hypertension, a seizure disorder or any chronic medical condition
- Previously had a C-section
- Develop a pregnancy complication, such as preeclampsia
- Are pregnant with multiples or your baby doesn't settle into a position that allows for a headfirst delivery
- Are less than 37 weeks or more than 41 weeks pregnant
What might cause the need for a hospital transfer?
During a planned home birth, you might need to be transported to a hospital for monitoring or treatment. Your health care provider might recommend transfer to a hospital if:
- Labor isn't progressing
- Traces of fecal waste (meconium) appear in your amniotic fluid
- The placenta peels away from the inner wall of your uterus before delivery (placental abruption)
- The umbilical cord drops into your vagina ahead of the baby (umbilical cord prolapse)
- You have vaginal bleeding not associated with bloody show
- You don't deliver the placenta or it's not delivered intact
- Your baby shows signs of distress, such as an abnormal heart rate
Your newborn might also need to be transferred to a hospital if he or she has breathing problems or signs of a medical condition.
What are the possible risks of a planned home birth?
While most pregnant women who choose to have planned home births are at lower risk of complications due to careful screening, planned home births are associated with double to triple the risk of infant death than are planned hospital births. Still, even with that increase, the overall risk of infant death is low.
How do I prepare for a home birth?
You can prepare for a planned home birth by:
- Choosing trained health care providers to assist. It's important to choose a certified nurse-midwife, a certified midwife or a doctor who has a formal relationship with a health care system overseen by your state health department or The Joint Commission. Make sure he or she has easy access to consultation with doctors or specialists at a collaborating hospital. If you're interested in additional physical and emotional support, consider hiring a doula — a professional labor assistant. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends having present at least one trained person whose primary responsibility is caring for your newborn.
- Creating a birth plan. Where do you plan to experience labor and delivery? Will you use any specific methods to cope with pain? Do you want a water birth? Will you breast-feed your baby immediately after delivery? What other support people will be present? Discuss the details of your birthing plan with your health care provider. Ask your health care provider what kind of supplies you'll need to provide, such as towels, sheets or other protective coverings for your floor or mattress.
- Preparing for a hospital transfer. Discuss with your health care provider the signs and symptoms that might necessitate going to a hospital and how a hospital transfer will affect your birthing plan. Ideally, your home or other planned birth location is within 15 minutes of a hospital with 24-hour maternity care. Make sure you have access to transportation. Ask your health care provider to make arrangements with a nearby hospital to ensure that you can be promptly transferred and treated, if necessary.
- Choosing a pediatrician. Plan a medical exam for your baby within a few days of birth.
- Arranging for postpartum help. After delivery, you might need help caring for yourself and your new baby. Arrange for family or friends to help. A doula can also provide postpartum support.
What else do I need to know about a planned home birth?
With careful planning, a home birth can be a positive and rewarding experience. Keep in mind, however, that life-threatening problems can occur during labor and delivery without warning. In those cases, the need to transfer you and your baby to a hospital could delay care, which could put your lives at risk. Understanding the risks and benefits of a home birth can help you make an informed decision about how you plan to give birth.
STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT POST: PREPARING FOR A NATURAL HOSPITAL BIRTH
Source material: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/labor-and-delivery/in-depth/home-birth/art-20046878?pg=2
Photo: Midwife from the Santa Clarita Valley Birth Center attending a home birth http://scvbirthcenter.com
Photographer: Masha Georgiev Birth Photography
As a Vancouver WA & Portland Oregon Birth Photographer, I am feeling grateful to have one of my crowning images featured on Kidspot.com/au
You can view "The moment before time begins 20 images of baby crowning" HERE.
My image is the 4th image in the gallery.
Thank you to the strong Mom who pushed with all her strength, and invited me to capture and share this moment.
*WARNING* This post contains images of Birth, and is for mature audiences ONLY. Readers may find these photos graphic. Thanks for stopping by, fellow photo lovers!
I have a special treat for you today, and it comes in the form of a cute newborn named Odessa. She came into this world on May 10th, 2016 weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces and measuring in at 21 inches long.
Her parents, invited me to take pictures of the birth at their home. What an honor to capture such a pivotal turning point and special moment in their lives. I know they will treasure these pictures forever.
Little Odessa is just as darling as can be. Capturing her little chubby cheeks, tiny feet, and cute sweet face was so much fun. What a sweetheart!
As a Portland Oregon Birth Photographer, I truly feel grateful & honored that her parent's asked me to be a part of this special day. Thanks again, you guys!
Check out the cutie for yourself, below. (Click any image to see full size)
Until we meet again!
-Masha Georgiev, Los Angeles Birth Photographer
Dear awesome/amazing/loyal/world's best blog readers! As a Portland Birth & Newborn Photographer, I get to hang around lot's of adorable babies! Today's post is all about a certain baby with the kind of chubby cheeks that will surely put a smile on your face. Miss Odessa was so much fun to photograph and our session turned out so perfectly!
This particular session was a very special since Jessica, Odessas's Mom, brought along some personal items to make this birth announcement. The items added a whole other level to our photo shoot and I love how they photographed, as well.
Odessa is so adorable. She was this perfect sleeping beauty. Sometimes babies just don't want to go to sleep, and sometime they are perfect. This was one of those times. I couldn't have asked for a better session!
You'll see what I mean below!
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As a Portland & Gresham Oregon Birth Photographer, whenever I share an image of a baby still connected to his or her umbilical cord, I receive more engagement than almost any of my other posts. There is POWER in seeing how we nourished and sustained our child.
There is UNDERSTANDING that comes from seeing/touching/acknowledging the cord that pulsed life.
One of my biggest 'birth regrets' is that I didn't get to see my own umbilical cord when I gave birth to my son. It was cut before I had time to think or ask. I'm so happy that more and more providers are giving mamas the space and the time to appreciate their cords.
Did you have the opportunity to look at and examine your umbilical cord? What did it make you think or feel?
As a Portland Oregon Birth Photographer, many of my clients often wonder what it's going to be like having a baby? Consider this your indispensable guide to prepping yourself in those final days before the birth. Here’s what to check off your to-do list:
Learning to breathe
Maybe just as important as the techniques they teach you in birthing class are the friends you meet. Lamaze class is a great place to connect with other couples with babies the same age. At my class, we saw a few graphic videos, learned a few breathing techniques, and got a bunch of numbers. I’m not sure how much we used the techniques we learned, but going to Lamaze class each week helped me feel as though I was getting more prepared.
Pack it up
That due date has been on the calendar since your first visit to the doctor, and too often we count on that day as if it will really be the day. But unless you’re having a scheduled C-section, it’s more than likely you will have an early arrival or a delayed departure. So don’t panic if it’s a week past your due date. And be prepared a few weeks before, just in case. If you’re planning to give birth in a hospital or birthing center, pack a suitcase so you can feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Make sure you pack your own camera and an extra disposable one. It’s important to have this just in case your camera runs out of batteries or the shutter breaks—this has happened to people I know, so always carry a spare!
Also remember the following: makeup, travel sizes of your shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, travel razor, hair brush, and lip balm.
Things you will thank me for reminding you about: your favorite energy bars, crackers, and bottled juice water; breath mints; your address book with all of the phone numbers of people you might want to call.
Best laid plans
By now you may have heard a lot about a “birth plan.” This is simply an outline of how your ideal birth scenario would go. It’s important that your doctor be aware of your desires. I am all for outlining your wishes and working toward making them a reality, but just be prepared that things don’t always go as planned.
Keep in mind that a successful birth results in a healthy mom and baby. Period. Whether you want an epidural, hospital birth, water birth, or natural, get all the facts, do your research, know your options, and talk to your doctor and other moms. Don’t let anyone discourage you or encourage you to go against your instincts. But don’t be afraid or upset if you have to change course. Have your plan; envision what you would like, but keep an open mind. The ultimate goal is to feel confident and prepared for your big day.
Speaking of being prepared
Many doctors and hospitals will encourage you to fill out all of your paperwork and consent forms a few weeks before the big day. The last thing you will want to do as you breathe in and out of contractions is fiddle with insurance information. I wish I’d known of this option. I arrived at the hospital six centimeters dilated, and delivered less than two hours later. I would have signed just about anything at that moment. So if you can, pre-register.
What happens in the delivery room…
Stays in the delivery room! What they don’t tell you in birthing class is that you may poop, pee, or fart while you’re pushing. It’s part of the process sometimes, and your doctor is used to it. Don’t worry or think too much about it if it happens to you. Know this: It is perfectly normal.
You never know how your body or mind is going to react at any given time until you’re put in the situation. Calm, genteel women have turned into cranky lionesses, and you may yell, scream, or say things you don’t mean or later feel bad about. I would issue a simple disclaimer to everyone who is going to witness the “miracle of birth”: It might be laced with a few profanities or some unsightly things, and you are not responsible for what comes out (of either end!).
You may fall in love with your little one at first sight, but be prepared if you don’t— for some new moms, the feeling may take awhile. Lack of sleep combined with the fact that your body is adjusting to a hormonal tidal wave and the loss of the baby inside of you make it natural to feel a little “blue” or out of sorts right after the birth.
Nearly 75 percent of new moms experience the “baby blues,” but don’t worry, it usually goes away after a few weeks, and each month it gets better. If it doesn’t get easier, contact your doctor. It could mean you have postpartum depression; it affects 10 to 20 percent of new moms. If you feel this has a hold on you, talk to your loved ones and doctor. They will get you the help and resources you need to overcome it.
After giving birth, I didn’t feel sad, per se, so much as numb, emotionless. I was diligent about making sure my son had all of his needs met, but I wasn’t feeling that connection. I was a robot or a walking zombie, and this made me feel guilty and confused—why wasn’t I feeling baby bliss? It wasn’t until a few weeks passed that—out of nowhere—something clicked inside me. I still remember feeding him on the couch, looking into those little eyes, and it just hit me—this wave of intense love. I was awestruck and have been ever since. I haven’t told anyone that before, but I am telling you. So if the postpartum discomfort and the emotional stress have you a bit unraveled, be patient. The connection will come, it will get easier and easier, and you will feel more and more bonded. Relax and trust that.
Before this pregnancy journey ends, give yourself credit for making it the best possible experience. You’ve lived through a deluge of information. You’ve survived the old wives’ tales and “good advice.” You’ve created a space for your baby and your partner and rearranged your home. And you’ve taken care of your body and mind. It’s pretty amazing you did it in such a short span of time! So while you’re waiting, why not write down in your journal how this transformation can carry you into the next episode of your life—going from Hot Mom-to-be to a Hot Mom!
Excerpted from The Hot Mom-to-be Handbook by Jessica Denay. Denay is a mom-lifestyle expert and founder of Hot Moms Club. She’s appeared on hundreds of TV shows and in dozens of magazines as an authority on everything “hot” for moms.
Article shared from: http://www.pregnancymagazine.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-lifestyle/how-to-prep-for-baby?utm_content=32018129&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
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As a Birth Photographer in Portland Oregon, Your baby's birth is one of the most timeless and momentous occasions of your life. Whether it is your first or fifth child, no two births are ever alike. Nothing compares to the moment you meet your little one for the first time. The beautiful beginnings of a new family, new traditions, and a new life. Sadly, these memories can fade so quickly. I can barely remember what happened during the first hour after I delivered my son. Adrenaline and excitement clouds your memory. Birth photography helps capture & preserve these precious memories for you. Parents at that time are so focused on a million different things- the health of mom, the health of baby, the pain! Who wants to think about taking pictures at a time like this?! That's where I come in! Wouldn't you rather hold your partners hand during this special time, than be distracted by taking photographs?
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