CHILD DEVELOPMENT Essay 125
Q: When did you give birth to your child?
Adriana: July 19, 2000
Karen: February 10, 1971
Q: Describe the type of information you received about what to expect during childbirth.
Adriana: My doctor was very helpful with questions and answers, but Phil and I also took Lamaz classes, childbirthing classes, breastfeeding and nutrition classes and parenting classes.
Karen: My doctor put me in a room, by myself and I watched a video of a woman giving birth. That was it.
Q: Describe the prenatal care received.
Adriana: I had about ten total visits. I received information on breastfeeding, was tested for diabetes and RH- blood, which I had so I received a shot for that. I had both an ultrasound and a sonogram.
Karen: I didnt have an ultrasound or sonogram. At first I was spotting so I visited my doctor once a week and received hormone shots. After the first three months I saw him once a month.
The exams included a vaginal and checking my weight and blood pressure.
Q: Where did you deliver and why?
Adriana: we chose Scripps Mercy because it is in our village and because it didnt feel so much like a hospital, it was more like a hotel room. Also because the people were friendly and it wasnt crowded.
Karen: Sharps Hospital. That is where, out of the two places he delivered, my doctor suggested because Childrens was next door just in case complications occurred.
Q; Explain whether your husband was present during labor and delivery.
Why or why not? What was his role?
Adriana: Yes he was there during everything because he wouldnt have had it any other way. He was the Lamaz coach.
Karen: He had no role in the labor but was there. During the delivery he left the room because he didnt want to stay.
Q: Describe the type of anesthesia used during labor. Did you have a choice?
Adriana: An epideral and morphine.
At about six months a birth plan was written and options were given and at first I didnt want anything but complications arose during labor and I just wanted the pain to stop.
Karen: Nothing was given to me until twenty minutes before you were born and I had no choice.
Q: By what method was your baby delivered? Were there any problems?
Adriana: By caesarean. Yes there were problems. I needed a shot for RH- blood so I wouldnt poison my baby. I also have GBS, a vaginal bacteria some women have, that passed on to my baby.
I had a fever and had to be given oxygen. I blacked out because the pain was unbearable and I couldnt eat. I was in labor from 6am to 11:07 pm. Mika (her daughter) had to be put in the special nursery to see if my fever affected her. It didnt.
Karen: Vaginally and no problems.
Q: How long were you in the hospital?
Adriana: Three days. I was healing from the surgery and they were monitoring both me and Mika.
Karen: About fourty- three hours.
Q: How much contact did you have in first few days?
Adriana: I was wheeled down to the nursery every two hours to nurse.
Karen: Ten minutes after they cleaned you off, a half hour the next morning, a half hour at noon and an hour that next evening. The next day we went home.
Q: How much contact did daddy have in first few days?
Adriana: He would travel between home and hospital about five times a day to see us both. He held her a lot.
Karen: None in the hospital but when we got home he was wonderful, he took over. He taught me how to clean your umbilical cord and everything. I had headaches so he bathed you and changed you and did it all.
When I have a child I would like to think that I could go all natural, no drugs of any kind.
I also want to try the under water method. Id like my baby to know warmth and softness as a first experience rather than bright lights and cold. I want to hold my baby before they carry it off to be cleaned. All of these things are important to me because I think that a childs enterance into the world can be a .