We offer a full spectrum of birthing options depending on the mother’s desires and the medical need as determined between the mother and the physician. During prenatal care, the mother and physicians has an opportunity to discuss birth options and any birthing plans desired by the mother.
Scheduled Cesarean Section – Women who have had a cesarean section previously or have pregnancy complications may choose to schedule the procedure. Some instances where a scheduled cesarean section is performed include:
Emergency Cesarean Section– Emergent delivery is sometimes indicated and can be alarming. All ARH delivering hospitals are equipped to preform emergency deliveries. An Emergency Cesarean Section would occur when:
Fetal Distress (infant is not tolerating labor)
Prolapsed Cord (the umbilical cord drops into the vagina or is compressed by the infants head)
Placenta Abruption (the placenta pulls away from the uterine wall)
Uterine Rupture (the uterus tears along a previous Cesarean Section scar)
If a mother was unable to deliver by vaginal birth with a previous pregnancy and wishes to try to have a vaginal birth after cesarean section, she can discuss with her physician her desire to have a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC).
When a pregnancy has reached term or the physician feels that an early delivery is warranted, the doctor can schedule an induction of labor. There are many different types of methods used for induction or cervical ripening to get labor started:
Medications used are Cervidil, Cytotec, Pitocin, and Prepidil Gel
Physicians may sweep the membranes, rupture the membranes (break the bag of water), or place a balloon in the cervical opening of the uterus.