Birth Plans for High Risk Pregnancies

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Feeling forgotten when it comes to a birth plan because you have a high risk pregnancy? Most birth plans are geared toward low risk pregnancies and may not apply to your high risk birth. That doesn’t mean that you don’t get any say in your delivery! Having a high risk pregnancy can make labor and birth more complicated and will require certain adjustments from a low risk birth plan, but there are absolutely things you can do to customize your labor and birth. Whether you want to keep things as natural as possible, or just want to be prepared and learn about what you might expect in the hospital, having a birth plan in a high risk pregnancy is still a great idea! Read on to learn more about the different options!

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Delayed Cord Clamping

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Typically, the umbilical cord is cut immediately after birth in the hospital setting. Many organizations are beginning to recommend a change in practice to include delayed cord clamping. However, doctors are frequently hesitant to wait to clamp the cord. What does the evidence say?

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Ways to Induce Labor Part 5: Evening Primrose Oil

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Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is a supplement that is commonly recommended as a “natural” induction method, but is it safe? Does it work? What does the evidence say?
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The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam

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I’m going to take a break from the labor induction series and focus today on a question that was asked by a student midwife. While this blog is mostly focused on research recommendations and ways that they affect patient care, I also hope that students and providers can use it as a reference point as well. The midwifery student was asking for suggestions and tips for mastering the vaginal exam. Continue reading “The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam”