Many things come up during the labor and birthing of a baby. These may or may not be emergency-level events. A woman in labor is focused on the process they are involved in: birth. The woman may not be aware of what is discussed around them, or the things happening that may alter their ideals of the “perfect” birth.
Here are some things that may occur:
- Slow dilation of the cervix
- Labor stalling
- Movement of the baby stops
- Blood pressure of the mother rises
Often doctors in the hospital will want to intervene. The remedies may be interventions that you really do not need.
These interventions could possibly be:
- IV insertion
- Inducing labor (Pitocin)
- Or even the decision to have a c-Section (read my blog post on this here: )
The first two can be alleviated by using gravity (walking, dancing, leaning forward onto the labor bed with feet on the floor and doing squats). Usually stressors or nervousness are the cause. With Labor stalling, if already dilated 6-7cm, it could very well be a natural stall while going into the next stage of labor.
Remember: Babies are birthed when they are READY. Not on some sort of perceived time schedule.
If the baby stops movement, inform your doctor. You can use “kick counts” as a method to monitor movements if you are concerned. In active labor, the baby tends to move in a spiral as baby moves into birthing position.
Blood pressure issues could be gestational diabetes, or just stress. The cause needs to be found. bvcIt is a symptom of pre-eclampsia but if you were not having signs of this condition and diagnosed in pregnancy (which is why prenatal visits are essential) then it may be something else. Here is suggested reading for you to understand the seriousness of this condition: https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Preeclampsia-and-High-Blood-Pressure-During-Pregnancy
So now we move onto the second part of this discussion.