Having a baby is a natural process, one that can happen on its own with little intervention. But when specialized care is needed or wanted, it’s comforting to know that expert care is available close to home. At the Baptist Health Floyd Birthing Center, we’re committed to being everything to every family, from those who desire a natural birthing experience with as little intervention as possible, to those seeking pain management assistance or in need of highly specialized care such as cesarean deliveries. No matter what type of birthing experience a family elects or needs, they can rest assured that their needs and desires will be happily met, and the safety of mother and baby is in the best of hands.
In pregnancy and delivery, preparation is key
“Just like mom and her partner prepare in advance for the birth of their baby, so does the medical team of physicians and nurses,” explained Jacqueline H. Riely, MD, MS, board certified OB/GYN with OB/GYN Associates of Southern Indiana. “The birthing process can sometimes come with some unpredictable events, so as medical professionals, we take emergency preparation with the utmost seriousness. At the Baptist Health Floyd Birthing Center, we’ve developed protocols that can be enacted on a moment’s notice if an emergent situation develops. We also perform regular drills to ensure that our staff is ready and well trained to automatically implement these protocols in real life situations when they occur. Our maternal-fetal medicine and neonatal colleagues are on call 24/7 to provide immediate assistance when needed for our extremely high-risk moms and newborns. As a physician, I feel extremely confident that my patients and their families will be well cared for here.”
Healthy babies are Worth the wait
A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, with the last few weeks being of particular importance. Major organs and structures such as the brain, lungs, liver, eyes and ears continue to grow up to the 39th week. And baby learns essential skills such as how to suck and swallow during this time as well. However, despite this knowledge, pre-39 week births have more than doubled in the United States over the last two decades, primarily due to the practice of elective induction. At the Baptist Health Floyd Birthing Center, we’re actively working to reduce those numbers through our participation in the March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait initiative.
Stephen Baldwin, MD, board certified OB/GYN with OB/GYN Associates of Southern Indiana, explained why this initiative is so important. “Elective inductions are an example of the pendulum swing that we often see in medicine. It was something that became very popular for a variety of reasons over the last twenty years, but now we’ve seen the data that proves delivery prior to 39 weeks gestation is not in the baby’s best interest.”
He continued, “Often times, the mother requests early induction due to the discomfort of late pregnancy, but we’re trying to educate our patients on why it’s worth the wait to prolong delivery to 39 weeks if at all possible. Babies born prior to 39 weeks have been shown to have an increased risk of respiratory issues and infection, as well as prolonged hospital stays and problems regulating temperature. I’ve found that all mothers want a healthy baby, and if that means experiencing a couple of weeks of discomfort, they’ll gladly do it.”
Saturday, August 25th | 10am-NoonIf you’re wondering what you’ll need to do before the baby arrives, then let the Baptist Health Floyd Birthing Center help. The Paris Health Education Center will be filled with baby specialty stores and services, physicians who deliver at Baptist Health Floyd, pediatricians, and much more, plus lots of great giveaways and door prizes!
Thinking of Getting Pregnant? Do This First!
Schedule a pre-conception counseling appointment with your obstetrician.
“Pre-conception counseling is really important because it gives us an opportunity to evaluate and modify a number of factors that can influence a healthy pregnancy,” explained Dr. Riely. “This can range from setting a healthy pre-pregnancy weight goal to evaluating lifestyle behaviors such as smoking and alcohol consumption, to changing medications that could potentially affect the baby.”
Take prenatal vitamins.
“Women should begin taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid at least six to eight weeks prior to attempting to conceive,” said Dr. Riely. “Studies have shown that folic acid is key to preventing neural tube defects in the baby, and the amount required for protection is impossible to achieve with diet alone. Beginning a prenatal vitamin regimen six to eight weeks prior to conception will assure that the mother’s levels of folic acid are sufficient to assist in the prevention of the defect.”
Achieve a healthy weight.
“Weight affects a number of factors when it comes to pregnancy,” added Dr. Riely. “From the ability to conceive to the prevention of gestational diabetes and blood pressure regulation, being close to an ideal weight prior to becoming pregnant is one of the most important things a woman can do to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.”