Episode 4: Hospital Birth
NB: This programme is available to view within the island of Ireland only. It will be available until 24th July 2008.
3 Stages of Labour
- The first stage of labour, lasts from the first regular painful contraction until the cervix dilates to10 centimetres.
- The second stage is the actual pushing out and birth of the baby
- The third is the delivery of the placenta and membranes
Induction is when your labour is started artificially before you go into spontaneous labour.
Induction can involve three stages...
- First a pessary is inserted to ripen the cervix
- Then the waters or membranes are broken
- Finally an oxytocin drip is attached to Mum... to increase contractions
Reasons for induction...
- Your waters have broken but labour isn't starting
- That the baby is no longer thriving in the womb
- That the mother has a pre-existing medical condition that demands it.
- Or like Blainagh you've passed your due date
An Epidural is a regional nerve block
- Anaesthetic is given through a needle into the epidural space in the spine
- It numbs the lower part of the body significantly reducing pain
- Timing is important; you should be dilated to at least 3 centimetres, but no more than 8, as at that stage most of the work is done.
Established labour is taking place when you are having contractions that are
- intensifying in strength
- lasting about 45 seconds and increasing
- and occurring at shorter intervals...