Expectant mothers have been advised for years that sleeping on the left side of their body during pregnancy is best for the baby. Sleeping on the back, called the supine position, was particularly discouraged. Failure to follow this recommendation came with warnings of increased risk of stillbirth, underweight newborns, and gestational hypertension in the mother.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, during pregnancy is not an uncommon issue. Between 5.8 and 8.3% of women age 20 to 44 experience hypertension while pregnant, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this percentage is growing, mostly due to the continued obesity epidemic in the United States.
An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy where the fertilized egg attaches and begins to grow outside of the uterus or womb. In a normal pregnancy, a fertilized egg develops into a fetus in the lining of the uterus. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants elsewhere within the female reproductive system. Over 95% of the time, an ectopic pregnancy implants in the fallopian tubes, the tubes that run from the ovaries to the uterus. However, in rare cases, an ectopic pregnancy may occur in the cervix, intra-abdominal area, or another location.
The normal human gestation period is nine months or 40 weeks. Of course, real life is rarely textbook perfect, and most women do not go into spontaneous labor at exactly 40 weeks, 0 days of pregnancy. The majority of babies arrive a few days before or after this mark, and this mild unpunctuality is usually not a cause for concern.
As of 2009, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reported that almost one-quarter (22%) of all pregnant women in the United States underwent induction of labor. This figure had more than doubled since 1990. Of course, many women have inductions for medically-indicated reasons, but elective inductions are also popular for reasons of convenience or to choose their child’s birth date. Read More
A Cesarean section, more commonly known as a C-section, is a method of delivery that involves making an incision through a woman’s lower abdomen and into her uterus to deliver the infant. C-sections are very common. In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 31.9% of all recorded US births in 2016 were by C-section. This figure means that roughly one in three deliveries occurred via C-section.
When a C-Section May be Medically Necessary
Worldwide C-sections have saved the lives and preserved the health of hundreds of thousands of babies and mothers when they are medically necessary. Following our instances where a c-section may be required: Read More
When labor begins, things may develop quickly, leaving you with little time to take care of all the final details that can help put your mind at ease. Planning ahead and knowing you are fully prepared can help keep you more relaxed and focused when the time comes, which in turn may impact your labor experience. It’s also important to know what you can expect as labor approaches, as your body may offer you several signs. If you can pick up on these signs, and perform your due diligence preparing for labor, hopefully you can lessen any anxiety around the countdown to your due date. Read More
Garofalo Obgyn Proudly Presents The Childbirth Education Series
Labor And Delivery Education
- Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 6-8:30pm
- Cost: $50/couple
Please join Jennifer Worsfold, RN, CBE for in depth information on the labor and childbirth process, role of the support person, comfort measures, medication, anesthesia, and relaxation and breathing techniques. Jennifer has been a labor and delivery nurse for the past 25 years and has vast experience teaching childbirth education classes to expecting parents.
Caring For The Newborn
- Cost: $25/couple
Dr. Sarah Siegel, MD. a local pediatrician, will prepare you for life with a newborn baby! Hear the most current information on early development, how to care for your infant, and parenting strategies for the first few months. After working for seven years at The Norwalk Community Health Center, Dr. Siegel recently joined Village Pediatrics located in Westport, CT.
- Cost: $25/couple
This class is designed for pregnant women interested in breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend too. Topics covered include: benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect in the first 24-48 hours, positioning and latch, milk production, diet and nutrition, feeding schedules, common issues and how to overcome This class will be taught by Dana Czuczka, a certified lactation consultant.
All classes are held in our waiting room in Norwalk Connecticut. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Sign up with reception. Call 203.855.3535.