Labour and Delivery with Individualised Birth Plans
Labour is defined by three stages, with each phase characterized by different emotions and physical challenges. It starts with the onset of true labour until the cervix has completely dilated to 10 centimeters. The second stage is the period after the cervix has fully dilated until the baby is delivered. Meanwhile, the third stage is marked by the delivery of the placenta.
Even though labour and delivery follow a certain process, the birth of a child is a unique experience. No two deliveries are identical and there is no way to predict how a woman’s experience is going to play out. However, one can know the different stages of the birth process and what to expect generally.
As the mother progress through the mechanisms of labour, close monitoring is important to ensure her safety and that of her baby. This will include:
Maternal vital signs
Assessment of fetal well-being
Monitoring of the frequency, duration, and intensity of uterine contractions
A birth plan can be a step towards a positive birthing experience. It contains simple and clearly stated information that details an expectant mother’s preferences for the birth of her baby. This will serve as an effective tool for a woman and her doctor in preparation for the labour and delivery process.
An advantage of having a personalized birth plan is that it helps a mother maintain her focus and sense of calm even if unexpected events occur. Labour and childbirth can be physically and emotionally stressful, especially for first-time mothers, but a birth plan can help her to be more prepared.
A birth plan may specify on matters regarding pain management, episiotomy preferences, and even care immediately following birth. This may even include contingency plans such as assisted instrumental delivery in cases where childbirth needs to be expedited during the second stage of labour.
While a birth plan details an expectant mother’s preferences, it is important that she also maintains reasonable flexibility for unexpected occurrences. What is most important is that both mother and child receive the much-needed care so that they come out of each stage safe and healthy.
For delivery, it must be conducted in Singapore subsequently with Dr. Pamela Tan.
Dr. Pamela Tan delivers at the following hospitals:
For patients who are keen on having their delivery at Thomson Medical Centre, there is an available promo for 4 to 2-bedder upgrade until the end of 2019.
Make sure that you are in good hands as you progress through labour and delivery. Obstetricians, like Dr. Pamela Tan recognises the importance of a personalized birth plan, which is why we encourage patients to openly discuss their preferences and concerns. Come and let’s talk! Book your consultation with us today.