There are five methods most commonly used as methods of pain relief used on labor and delivery. These include epidural, spinal and local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Today we will discuss spinal anesthesia. What is Spinal Anesthesia? Anatomically, the path between the skin of the back and the spinal cord crosses skin, subcutaneous tissue,
Having a baby is typically viewed as a wonderful, happy event in a woman’s life. About one in ten women who are up to 12 months postpartum (after giving birth) experience symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. Of course, people with a history of depression are more likely to experience Post Partum Depression (PPD)
Women who delay childbearing are at increased risk of pregnancy complications. The age cutoff for advanced maternal age (AMA) pregnancy is defined as greater than or equal to 35 years. The increased risks in these pregnancies include miscarriage, conceiving twins, fetal genetic abnormality, some birth defects, developing diabetes during pregnancy, preeclampsia (which is high blood pressure
What to expect during MFM Ultrasound During Pregnancy Ultrasound is the most commonly used modality in pregnancy to image the unborn fetus and determine the health of the pregnancy. Across each trimester, ultrasound is used to enhance safety for the mother and provide reassurance regarding the fetal well-being. Current ultrasound technology allows for traditional two-dimensional
Many women with twin pregnancies will undergo cesarean delivery. In the US, approximately 75% of all twin births are born via cesarean delivery. However, with the use of breech extraction of the second twin, more twins can be delivered vaginally, and safely. In the setting of a breech (bottom first) or transverse presenting first twin,
What is an induction of labor? Labor induction refers to methods and medicines used by your doctor to trigger labor. Typically, it involves a midnight admission to the hospital, a medical agent to soften the cervix overnight (foley balloon or misoprostol), time, pitocin to stimulate contractions, more time, breaking the water (rupture of membranes), and
We are excited to share the following article from WomansDay.com featuring Dr. Aren Gottlieb, a member of MFM’s physician team. Dr. Gottleib is a board-certified Obstetrician / Gynecologist who regularly treats a wide variety of issues that can impact a woman’s reproductive health. The article debunks the 11 most common myths surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.
The five most commonly used methods of pain relief used during labor and delivery are spinal anesthesia, epidurals, local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Today we will discuss epidural anesthesia. What is Epidural Anesthesia? Epidural anesthesia is the most popular type of pain relief used during labor. In fact, 60-90% of women who give
Vasa previa is a rare, but extremely dangerous (to the fetus), condition of pregnancy where a placental blood vessel crosses over the maternal cervix. If not diagnosed, the risk of fetal death is approximately 50%. The blood vessels in the umbilical cord and inner surface of the placenta are all an extension of the fetal
With advances in assisted reproductive technology including In-vitro fertilization (IVF) and egg donation, women are now able to conceive well into their 40’s and 50’s. However, uncertainty exists regarding the safety of these pregnancies for women and their newborns. Additionally, twin pregnancy is a common result of IVF, and all twin pregnancies are higher-risk pregnancies.