At Columbus OB/GYN, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care throughout your pregnancy and childbirth journey. Our experienced team of obstetricians and gynecologists is committed to supporting and guiding you through this special time in your life, ensuring a safe and memorable experience for you and your growing family.
From the moment you discover you’re expecting, we are here to provide comprehensive prenatal care tailored to your individual needs. Our team will monitor your health and the development of your baby through regular check-ups, ultrasounds, and necessary screenings. We offer a wide range of prenatal services, including genetic testing, nutrition counseling, and support to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
At Columbus OB/GYN, we believe that knowledge empowers expectant parents. We provide a wealth of educational resources to guide you through each stage of pregnancy. From informative classes on childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, and newborn care to online resources and support groups, we strive to ensure you are well informed and confident in making decisions for your pregnancy and birth experience.
Your birth experience is unique and personal. Our compassionate team takes the time to understand your preferences, desires, and expectations for your childbirth experience. We work closely with you to create a personalized birth plan that respects your wishes while prioritizing the safety and well-being of you and your baby. Whether you are considering a natural birth or have specific medical needs, our team will provide the guidance and support necessary to meet your goals.
The few weeks before the birth of your baby can be an anxious and impatient time. Birth generally occurs within two weeks before or after your expected due date. You may be worried you will not know when labor begins and how to tell if it is real.
The cervix dilates during labor. The uterus begins to contract at regular intervals, causing the abdomen to become hard when contracted and soft when not. Here are signs that you are approaching labor:
Sometimes, women may have several periods of irregular contractions of the uterus before true labor begins. These “false” contractions are called Braxton Hicks contractions and are normal but can cause pain, especially towards the end of the day. Usually, false labor contractions are less strong and regular than true labor. Sometimes, the only way to tell the difference is to have a doctor examine the vagina.
Timing the contractions is a good way to tell the difference. Note the time between the contractions, keeping a record for an hour. If you think you are in true labor, call your doctor’s office or go to the hospital. Other signs that you should go to the hospital include:
Natural birth, also known as unmedicated or non-interventional birth, involves allowing the birthing process to progress without medical interventions or pain medications. Many women choose this option to experience the natural sensations of labor and delivery and have the freedom to move around during labor.
It is important to note that pain management techniques such as relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, and hydrotherapy can be utilized during natural birth.
Vaginal delivery with an epidural is a common choice for many women seeking pain relief during labor. An epidural is a regional anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist.
It effectively blocks pain in the lower body while allowing the mother to remain awake and alert during birth. With an epidural, you can still actively participate in the birth while experiencing reduced pain or discomfort.
A cesarean section, commonly called a C-section, is a surgical procedure in which the baby is delivered through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. C-sections are typically performed when vaginal delivery poses risks to the mother or baby.
These risks may include complications such as a breech presentation, placenta previa, fetal distress, or previous cesarean delivery. The procedure is usually performed under regional or general anesthesia. Recovery time for a C-section is longer compared to a vaginal birth, and it may involve additional postoperative care.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery, or VBAC, refers to delivering a baby vaginally after a previous cesarean section. VBAC can be a safe choice for many women who have had a previous C-section, depending on individual circumstances and medical considerations.
It allows women to experience a vaginal birth and avoid the risks of repeat cesarean sections. However, VBAC carries a small risk of uterine rupture, which is closely monitored during the labor process.
Join us at Columbus OB/GYN for unparalleled care throughout your pregnancy and childbirth journey. Our commitment to excellence and compassionate approach will ensure that you and your growing family receive the highest quality care during this transformative time in your life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and embark on this extraordinary journey with us.