Labor day is a day filled with emotions: excitement, love, fear and of course extreme exhaustion. We’ve gathered some of the most common used terminology for the day of birth that are great to know before going to the hospital. We hope these give you peace of mind and make you feel more prepared for you and your babies big day.
Dilation : The opening of the cervix, measured in centimeters from 0 to 10 and watch 10 cm indicates fall dilation.
Effacement : When the cervix stretches and gets thinner. Effacement is measured and percentages from 0 to 100% in which 100% means a cervix is fully effaced.
Cesarean Section : Also known as a C-section this is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby. It is typically performed when Vaginal delivery would put the mother our babies life or health at risk.
Episiotomy : A surgical cut in the perineum, the muscular area between the vagina and anus. I just reform just prior to delivery to enlarge a vaginal opening
Epidural : A regional anesthetic medication delivered through a catheter, just outside the membrane of the spinal cord. It decreases or numbs sensation and feeling in the lower part of the body while allowing you to remain conscious.
Labor Induction : A procedure to stimulate uterine Contractions during pregnancy before labor begins on its own well the goal of having a vaginal birth. The drug pitocin is given through an IV to begin this process.
Breech Position: A baby and a breech position means he’s position to come out but our feet first. Most babies in a breech position will have to be delivered there a C-section.
Crowning: The babies head has passed through the birth canal and is visible at the vaginal opening.
Fetal Distress: The baby is not receiving enough oxygen or is experiencing some other complication.