Tips for Emergency Childbirth
Technology has completely changed the healthcare industry. You can get 3-D imagines of your baby, hear their heartbeat, and see them moving around while they are still in the womb. Most doctors can even give you a relatively close estimate to when you will deliver your baby. Even though all of this technology is readily available, some things can still happen. One of the scariest things that can happen to an expecting mother would be to deliver their child in an emergency. Hopefully, you never have to experience this, but if you do, here is everything you should know.
1. Assess The Situation
The first thing you need to do when you go into labor unexpectedly is to assess the situation. You need to figure out if you will have time to get to the hospital for a traditional delivery. There are some tell-tale signs that you are getting ready to go into immediate labor. If your contractions don’t ease up after you have changed positions or are active, that means that you are close to labor. They will also get worse, and you are closer to labor. Knowing the signs of labor is important. That way, you know if you have time to make it to the hospital or not. If you do have time to make it to the hospital, you should go. If you cannot, you should stay where you are and get yourself as comfortable as possible.
2. Stay Calm And Dial 911
Once you have determined that you are going to be delivering your child in an emergency, you must call 911. That way, they can be making their way to meet you. You will probably still end up delivering your baby on your own, but afterward, they will help a lot. They will be able to check and make sure you and your baby are healthy. They are also going to assess your health and make sure you don’t need to go into the hospital to be monitored. You must be staying calm throughout the whole process. If you start panicking and getting stressed out, it is going to make the delivery a whole lot more uncomfortable and difficult.
3. Grab Some Supplies
You won’t be able to have the same supplies that they have in the hospitals. However, there are things that you can find around your home that will be vital for the delivery process. You will want to have a clean space and clean hands. So, wash your hands and have sanitizer nearby. You will also want at least four clean towels and a bucket of warm water. These will be used to clean your baby once it is delivered to clean it off. You will also want things that will keep you comfortable, like blankets and pillows.
4. Get Into A Comfortable And Natural Position
After you have gathered all of your supplies, it is time to get into a comfortable position. You may think that the bathtub would be the ideal spot. Unfortunately, it is not. It will put your body in an awkward position and make it harder to deliver your baby. Plus, it will make it harder for the first responders to access you. The best place to lay would be on the bed or rug and prop your body up using pillows. You will also want to lay down something to make clean up easier. A shower curtain or other waterproof sheet would be ideal. However, you can use an old blanket if that is all you have available.
5. Wait To Push Until You Can’t Resist
If you are delivering your baby in an unexpected situation, the last thing you want to do is start bearing down too early. This could cause the baby to come out too quickly and damage sensitive tissue. You should try to let your body naturally push your baby out.
6. Catch The Baby’s Head And Guide It Out Gently
Once your baby’s head begins to push through, you should place your fingers on your perineum to prevent tearing, and push. As your baby starts to come out, you should cradle their head and slowly guide them out. While this is going on, be sure to breathe, preferably pant, to prevent tearing. As you guide them out, make sure you aren’t pulling or applying any pressure.
7. What To Do When The Baby Is Out
So you have delivered your baby, what are you supposed to do now? The first thing you should do is wipe off their nose and mouth so they will be able to breathe. Instead of using the traditional suction tool to clean out their nose, you should gently stroke downwards on your baby’s nose. This is going to help them get rid of any amniotic fluid or mucus that is in there. You should then place them on your bare stomach or chest so that they are getting skin-to-skin contact. This skin-to-skin contact has a ton of benefits, and it is going to be very good for your baby in the long term. Some of the most notable benefits are a stronger immune system, higher blood oxygen levels, and numerous breastfeeding perks. You aren’t done pushing after your baby is out. You will need to deliver the placenta as well. Make sure that you don’t cut the umbilical cord until the placenta is out. It is continuing to supply your baby with nutrients and minerals until it is out of your body.
Delivering a baby in an emergency can be stressful and scary. Hopefully, you never have to go through this. Since the statistics show that only 1.3% of women will have an out of hospital delivery, you should feel comfortable knowing that your chances of having to deliver a baby yourself are slim. Although, with this type of situation, it is better to be safe than sorry. By knowing what to do before the situation arises, you are putting you and your baby in the safest hands available.