Monday, November 12, 2012

Ask Us Anything: Your Pregnancy Questions Answered

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Q. How long does it take for a spinal injection for a C-section?

A. Mary Ann Murphy, Director of Maternal Child Services at Mercy Hospital:

Regional (or spinal) anesthesia takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to administer by the anesthesiologist. Everyone is just a bit different, and sometimes it takes the anesthesiologist a bit longer to be certain that the regional block is adequate for the Cesarean section.

Generally, a Cesarean section is approximately 30 to 60 minutes in duration. The length of time it takes the surgeon depends on the anatomy of the mother and whether she has had other Cesarean sections or surgeries.

Q. When I give birth, will I have to take out my tongue ring?

A. Mary Ann Murphy:

We do request that patient's remove all tongue jewelry. This is to prevent an accidental dislodgement during an emergency requiring general anesthesia.

Q. Is video / photo recording allowed during birth?

A. Mary Ann Murphy:

We certainly allow digital cameras. We do discourage video until the bonding phase of recovery.

On our tours, we like to give patients and their coaches a little speech about "living in the moment" and experiencing birth by using all of your senses: sight, sound, smell, etc. We encourage someonoe other than the coach act as the photographer. So often in today's world, people are so consumed with capturing the moment that they do not live in the actual moment.

A. Mary D'Angelo, Director of Maternal Child Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital:

At Sisters Hospital, we ask that you check with your physician for his approval and ask permission from any staff members before you photograph them. As long as there is no interference with care delivery, we have no problem with creating memories of that very special event.

Q. My OB/GYN is supportive of my attempting a VBAC. However, I know I will be under the care of the nurses and on staff doctor when I get to the hospital. Does the hospital have any rules specific to VBAC patients that differ from mom's delivering without a prior C-section?

A. Mary Ann Murphy:

At Mercy Hospital, the attending works closely with the in-house physician if the attending will not be in-house on the day that the patient begins labor. Generally speaking, the physician will establish a very conservative plan of care for the patient attempting VBAC: continuous fetal monitoring and conservative means to assist the labor process. We would not use the jacuzzi or aggressive methods to induce labor.

A. Mary D'Angelo:

At Sisters Hospital, we use the same consent and approach to VBAC: continuous monitoring and judicious use of pitocin or other means to stimulate labor.

Q. How long will I have to stay at the hospital after giving birth?

A. Dr. George Danakas, who has privileges at Mercy Hospital:

We usually have the mother stay for at least 24 hours. If she is stable, we can discharge her from hospital. The baby's discharge is determined by the pediatrician.

You can learn more about childbirth at Mercy Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital by visiting our website.

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