January 1, 2015Length: 1 hr 13 min
Perhaps right behind concern about the health of the baby is concern about coping with the pain of labor. This lecture will discuss what’s involved and the pros and cons of your various pain coping options. The “take away” will cover strategies to maximize the chances of avoiding pain medication, should that be your goal, ideas for allowing for a change of mind in labor, and for those who plan an epidural or whose labors make an epidural their best choice, also included are ways to minimize the likelihood of experiencing its adverse effects.
July 26, 2016Length: 55 min 55 sec
By routinely keeping continuous track of the baby’s heart rate during labor, electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), also called cardiotocography (CTG), was supposed to identify babies in trouble more accurately, which would both improve outcomes and avoid unnecessary rescue deliveries. This lecture will document that it has failed to deliver on either count and offer explanations as to why it persists despite this. The “take away” will cover optimal monitoring practices and practical tips for how to obtain them. It will also help you make informed decisions regarding its use and minimize its potential harms.
July 1, 2016Length: 58 min
Get the facts about the tradeoffs between cesarean delivery and vaginal birth, find out why cesareans aren’t always done “only when they are necessary,” and learn strategies to help you maximize your chances for a safe, vaginal birth.
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