Trends in Childbirth: What Today's Moms Want
Today's expecting moms are taking control of their childbirth experience. Heather Hogan, DNP, discusses new trends in labor and delivery, including water births, nitrous oxide and what to bring to the hospital from home.
Water births are becoming more and more popular, and many studies have shown that it is a safe delivery method for women with low-risk pregnancies. Women’s Hospital has offered water births for many years, and according to Heather, many mothers enjoy the experience. Before deciding to have a water birth, it is important to talk to your health care provider to make sure that it is the best delivery option for you.
Pain Relief With Nitrous Oxide
There are many options when it comes to delivery pain relief - one option that many expecting moms choose is nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide has been used during labor for over 100 years and is a new pain relief treatment available at Women’s Hospital. Nitrous oxide has multiple benefits:
- It’s great for relieving anxiety.
- It puts the mother in control. The mother administers the medication herself, breathing through a mask that she can hold up to her mouth and nose.
Before you plan to use nitrous oxide, be sure to talk to your health care provider about the best pain management options for you.
What to Bring From Home
One way to personalize your delivery experience is to bring important mementos or comforting items, like a picture of a supportive family member, from home with you. Items like these can help expecting moms be more comfortable and relaxed during the delivery process.
Additionally, Heather explains that the most important thing to bring to the hospital is “preparation." By taking childbirth classes and talking with your health care provider, you will know what to expect on delivery day.