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  • The truth about the fear of childbirth: 5 tips to control the jitters

    Posted By Janine Kelbach, RN
    November 17, 2017

    Starting when you were a little girl, you dreamt of the day you became a mother.Even the thought of how many children probably crossed your mind. If the thought of becoming a mother is wonderful, but the actual delivery part is terrifying, you’re not alone. Many women have a fear of childbirth, also known as, tokophobia. Tokophobia can lead to a more painful delivery and a higher risk of postpartum depression. We’re going to tackle the five biggest fears women have, and the truth behind them.

     

    Fear #1: “I Will Not Able to Handle the Pain”

    Reality Check - Women tell me, “I am a baby when I have pain, and I want every medication, so I don’t have pain.” Let’s be real, no pain, no gain. There will be pain. The reality is, we have medicine for it. The pain isn’t going to come on like a ton of bricks. The contractions will be mild at first. When they are, try to watch a movie, nap in between, and breathe until you really need something for pain. Give your body a chance. I promise, you will be able to handle early labor.

     

    Fear #2: Delivering the Baby Outside the Hospital

    Reality Check - Though babies deliver outside the hospital, it’s rare. If you feel the extreme urge to push before you get into the hospital walls, it’s important to keep the infant warm by putting the infant skin to skin with you. Then again, this is rare. To avoid it, start timing your contractions early on when labor starts. Once they are 10 minutes apart, and painful, it’s time to go to the hospital

     

    Fear #3: Having an Unplanned C-section

    Reality Check - The biggest fear I witness for patients is the fear of an unplanned c-section. Your delivery team want you to have a vaginal delivery. It’s safer for you and the baby. Though, keep an open mind and know, a c-section is plan B. Although it’s not in your plan, we do many of them, and you will be safe.

     

    Fear #4: Loss of Control

    Reality Check - Having control of your life is important. Women manage their households by grocery shopping, menu planning, planning outings, and work of daily to-do lists to keep their household in order. When the delivery day comes, the loss of control sets in. I tell women, “I understand labor is scary for you because you cannot control how the labor will be. I can’t control it, your spouse can’t control it, nor can the doctor. We need to let nature take its course, and I will do my best to deliver you a healthy baby, and a keep a healthy mom.” As blunt as it sounds, telling the mother to let go of her control helps her relax. The fear of losing control of their emotions while experiencing pain is also a common fear as well as having a bowel movement while pushing. I promise ladies, it’s nothing we haven’t seen, and we will help bring you back to Earth if you have a moment where you lose control. It’s worse for you than it is for us.

     

    5 Tips for Fighting the Fear

    1. Stop listening to birth horror stories. Everyone gets their own birth story and everyone’s is different.
    2. Learn to breathe. The act of breathing is the number one piece of advice I tell my patients, from the moment they walk in the door. Breathing will help you through everything, and it’s good for your baby and uterus.
    3. Educate yourself. Go to a birthing class, even if you plan an epidural. To help prepare yourself, take a tour of the birthing unit.
    4. Have support. If you think your spouse or mother will not give you the support you need during labor, consider hiring a doula who will be by your side helping you breathe and stay calm.
    5. Ask for help. If you struggle with tokophobia, look into therapy to help calm yourself before labor.
  • Halloween treats: How much candy should your child get?

    It’s almost Halloween, and the buzz is all about candy. How much, what types, and how to manage the whole evening are just some of the questions on many parents’ minds.  Read More »

  • Pregnant women: ignore the hype and get your flu shot!

    The media had a field day recently when results from a new study about the flu vaccine and its safety in pregnancy were released. Despite the authors themselves saying that practices should remain unchanged based on this one small study, many pregnant women have started to question whether or not the flu shot is for them. Read More »

  • 4 ways to keep your children safe during a natural disaster

    “Mommy, what happens in a hurricane? Are there tornadoes during the storm? If our house floods, will we float away? How do people die in hurricanes?” Read More »

  • 4 essential skills kids need on the first day of kindergarten

    As your child nears age four, it’s natural to begin thinking about sending your child for his or her first day of kindergarten. After all, within a year or so they will be venturing out to school and you want them to be ready. Read More »

  • Social media vs. child safety: parenting in 2017

    Without a doubt, we feel an incredible burden to keep our kids safe. We make sure the car seat is installed correctly even before our little one is born. We are oh-so-careful on that first car ride home from the hospital. We worry if the baby is overheated, overfed, or over-stimulated.  Read More »

  • Breastfeeding and tongue-tie: what you need to know

    Posted By Linda Dahl, MD
    August 2, 2017

    It seems like every time you bring up breastfeeding you hear the words “tongue-tie.” Lately, it seems like tongue-tie is shouldering the blame for nearly every breastfeeding frustration. Is there a new epidemic of tethered talkers or is something else going on? Read More »

  • Are moms who don’t breastfeed “bad”?

    Before you unleash your internet fury on me, of course I think the answer is, “No!” But moms in America feel this way or are worried this is exactly what other moms and doctors are going to think about them if they choose not to breastfeed or choose to stop breastfeeding. Read on for more.  Read More »

  • Your pediatrician most likely supports Obamacare—here’s why

    Pediatricians are not generally known for being outspoken politically. For the most part, our work focuses on children locally and child wellness and safety globally more than on federal policy. Read More »

  • Think your child is allergic to antibiotics? Think again

    Posted By David R. Stukus, MD
    July 10, 2017

    I’d like to share my favorite statistic: 10 percent of people report having a penicillin allergy, but 90 percent of them are not actually allergic. Read More »