Childbirth brings occurrences and circumstances with it. With labour, likely and unlikely situations may arise. These things are brought to your attention to assure you that health providers are properly trained and prepared to mitigate against these occurrences. Be focussed. There is no need for panic despite the situation.
In most things, some circumstances are expected because of the nature of the situation. In the case of the birth of a child, there is no difference. Truly too, as there are expected, even so there are unexpected or unlikely situations.
In this post, I will discuss some of the circumstances and likely circumstances of childbirth. In childbirth, it is expected that the head of the baby is the first part that will appear. However, this has not got to be so Some babies make. In this case, the buttocks or the lower part(s) of the baby appear first.
This unexpected occurrence is considered unfortunate as it poses itself as a problematic delivery. This is not a regular thing as only a small proportion of babies are presented in this way. Still yet, there are other cases in which other body parts are presented first.
Why is head presentation considered the best?
This is so because the head is firm and round and somewhat rounded, as some babies are born with misshapen heads. Nevertheless round enough to come through the birth canal smoothly. Because of this natural feature, its roundness serves as a good purpose to stretch the soft tissue of the birth canal. This is not effectively done when other body parts are presented first. Fortunately, this happens to a small proportion of deliveries.
The baby face may also be presented backward or forward in respect to the mother’s body. Having the baby’s face backward is better as this is a little easier.
It is amazing of the changes that take place within the baby’s body. There are changes which happen tactically to facilitate the child’s own living processes. One of the amazing occurrences is that of the baby’s lungs being on time to take over in drawing its own oxygen rather than its mother’s own.
The baby must be able to take on its own delivery of oxygen shortly after birth as soon as it is cut from the mother’s blood supply. If the baby is unable to do this it is most likely that it will suffer brain damage.
While the baby is in the womb, the baby receives blood via the umbilical cord and the placenta (afterbirth). The baby receives oxygen and food from the mother and the baby dumps waste and carbon dioxide to the mother’s blood.
The baby travels through the birth canal with the umbilical cord attached to the navel and the after birth. The umbilical cord is detached from the afterbirth after the third stage of labour. The third stage of labour is the delivery of the afterbirth.
In some unlikely or unfortunate instances, the umbilical cord presents itself on its way out with the baby’s head and may also be wrapped around the neck. In this case, the doctor or nurse on duty has to be very tactical if not technical in getting this delivery properly done and without any further undue circumstances.
By the way, saying this and saying that what if the third stage of labour happens to be the first?
Do not worry about this. The doctors are ready to take on every complication that may arise. They are committed to always do their best in the best interest of their patients (mother and baby).
I would like you to know also, that the things that are considered unlikely, are really expected somehow, and, they are well prepared for.
The umbilical cord is cut and tied by the doctor or the nurse in attendant. The doctor clears mucus from the air passage and then stimulate it to breathe by slapping the bottom of its feet. At this time, the blood from the umbilical cord slows down and then the cord is cut and tied.
At the time that the baby takes its first breath, many changes takes place in its body. We truly have to believe that we are intricately and beautifully made.
As expected, at the first time, the baby made its first cry some amazing things happen. Shryock and Swartout, et al, also explain that: The baby lungs expand and blood is in full circulation. There are changes in the blood pressure of the baby’s heart. The arteries in the lungs are in full effect and the lungs are fully effective. To top it all, the opening between (the partition) the left and right sides of the heart immediately closes. Isn’t this great?
After birth, some babies do not appear as handsome or as beautiful as we would want them to be. As stated before, some may have misshapen heads. All babies are likely to have this appearance because the bones of the head are not firmly fused together. This happens for the protection of the baby’s brain while it is going through the birth canal. This misshapen appearance will resolve quickly after birth and the head takes its proper formation.
There is also the case of the babies being born with red spots in the eye(s). There may also be bruises and swelling in some areas of the babies bodies. in a short time all these injuries will be healed and disappear.
Ooop! How could I conclude without mentioning one common occurrence? Of course, there are much more that could be mentioned. Well you know all could not be said. There are times when mothers are expected to have only one baby, but there comes two (twins). Two babies are expected, but there comes three. For that matter, three could have been expected and four arrived. This some times topple even the medics. Is this rare?
I would be happy to hear of some of the stories you know or hear about. Please share these with me.
To most persons, childbirth is a sensitive and delicate event. Of course it is. It carries a sense of anxiety and different circumstances. Nevertheless, it is comforting to know that medical science has improved greatly and health providers can take on and rectify even difficult cases to a solution.
It therefore, behoves the prospective mothers and pregnant women to be committed to the things that are expected of them. Their commitment will also give the medical team much room to mitigate against some of the issues or “unexpected” occurrences that arise or may arise. Be it known, however, that some of these issues are unpredictable. They just present themselves without warning.
I am one who enjoy hearing from people. As I am willing to share, in the same way I would like to hear from you. I will be willing to answer you questions and to have your comments also. These you can post in the comments section below.