Prepare For Delivery
So the big moment is about to arrive. Are you unsure of what to prepare for delivery? We are here to provide you with a wealth of useful information on available modes of delivery that you can opt for, different stages of labour, ways that you can reduce labour pain, items to prepare for delivery in the hospital and what to bring back from the hospital. Dads-to-be, you would want to know what to prepare for delivery and what to do in case of emergency.
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Around 60% of women have an epidural during labour. Before you decide on whether to have one or not, here are some of the side effects from women who have experienced it.
A big number of fathers are not aware of exactly what happens during labour and delivery. Sure, they know where the baby is coming out from — but there's a little bit more to it than that. Mum will be mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted — perhaps more so than she has ever been up to that point. Dad's job is to look after and support his wife during this critical time, so he should…
Have you thought whether you would like to try a drug free labour? Labour is going to be painful but if you have decided against medicine for pain relief. we explore the methods available to you.
Water birth is becoming more popular in Singapore as a soothing way to give birth. Educate yourself on the benefits and risks here at various hospitals
Recording your thoughts in a pregnancy journal will not only document a deeply personal experience for you, but also heighten your awareness of the growing life inside you. And one day, when your child is much older, it will make a very special gift that will serve them as a memoir forever.
A labour or birth partner is there to offer constant support during all stages of labour and delivery. A pregnant woman can choose their spouse, friend, mother, sister, any relative or a doula to offer support during the final stage of her pregnancy.
Are you not sure what to pack in your hospital bag? We provide you with a checklist of essentials for you and your partner so you have everything you need when you go into labour.
The length of time you need to stay in the hospital after birth depends on the type of delivery you had and any complications you experience. We take a look at how you can prepare for your stay for both baby and you.
All new mums will feel a little anxious, even scared, at the thought of going through labour. Here are four very useful tips for giving birth to help you to relax and enjoy the experience.
As you come to the end of your pregnancy, chances are that you will hear at least a handful of supposed labour inducing methods. Everyone and their mothers will probably tell you their stories of how they successfully got the process going a little quicker.
There are many drug free alternatives to managing labour pains, but your medical pain relieving options typically include nitrous oxide, pethidine or an epidural. We take a closer look at nitrous oxide.
You've heard the stories about what labour and delivery will be like, and you know that it hurts. Here we'll explain exactly what happens during all the stages of labour
Approximately 10% of pregnancies can last longer than 42 weeks. We take a look at different ways to induce labour, where these methods originate from and the effectiveness of such techniques.
You and your partner need to make some important decisions to prepare yourself for labour and birth. Here are 10 you should make pretty quick!
Complications can happen at sometimes a pregnancy emergency calls for quick medical intervention. Here are eight situations when you need to phone for an ambulance.
It's normal to feel anxious about your delivery. We asked our expert gynae, Dr Chew to explain more about the options available to us to reduce labour pain.
What can you do to have an easier labour and delivery experience? Start with these daily exercises, and you'll really feel the difference!
Generally speaking, you will go into labour when the baby is ready to make its appearance. However, as you get closer to your due date, you might feel the need to try a few natural induction methods to encourage your little one.
Before you head off to the hospital to deliver, you'll need to pack some essentials for yourself and your newborn. Here's our bringing baby home checklist! Also, what you need for a premature baby.
There are many options to consider when it comes to who should deliver your baby. Here we discuss the various options and explore the benefits of having your gynawcologist in the delivery room.
Before you head to the hospital to deliver your baby, you'll have an idea of how you want to do things during labour. Here's how to make a birth plan and make it official before your delivery
There are a number of ways to give birth. From traditional labour to hypnobirthing, we've put together a list of the pros and cons of each type of birthing option.
Having a birth partner is a personal choice rather than a necessity. Will your husband or partner be your birth partner or someone else close to you. Find out if you really need one and who is the best person for the job.
Hypnobirthing is becoming a choice way to give birth. Women choose this method for a more comfortable delivery. Does it really work or is it just a fad? We take a look at what this is and how it can help.
Birthing in water was mentioned by a Russian doctor, Igor Tjarkosky, during the early 1960s. He described back then that his premature daughter was birthed in warm water, and this, he claims to have saved her life. However, the real father of modern water birth is French doctor Michel Odent.
If your baby is positioned with his head up at the top of your uterus at 34 weeks, he is referred to as breech. The best position for a normal delivery is head down by the pelvis. Find out five natural methods to turn a baby.
Why is it so important to hear your baby cry after delivery? How will your doctor assess if your baby is capable of breathing outside of the womb and what can they do to encourage your baby to cry?
There are a few natural labour induction options available to you, but how affective are they, and most importantly, are they safe to use? You might have heard about the effectiveness of raspberry leaf as gentle way to kick-start your labour into action.
Worrying about the big day? Here are a few tips to help you through your labour. Know how to make it easier for yourself and be confident about the process. It'll be over before you know it!.
There are many pain relief medications offered to you during labour but what can you and your partner do to help relieve the discomfort? Here are five natural ways to deal with labour pain.
It's important to be very careful about your recovery after giving birth. You may have experienced tearing or had an episiotomy so had some form of perieum repair. Here are some tips on caring for the area and getting it back into shape postpartum.
Wxpectant mummies now have a choice over how you deliver your baby. As with any procedure in the theatre, undergoing major abdominal surgery carries some risks. But, here are 8 benefits of a C-section birth to help you make your decision.
Post partum bleeding, for instance, is a rather surprising aftermath of pregnancy if you were not prepared for it. For the first few days to weeks after your labour, you will experience something very similar to your period. The amount of blood you’ll notice can be shocking, but usually post partum bleeding is completely normal, and no cause for alarm.
After birth, your body goes through changes at an enormously rapid pace. As a result, it is common to shake and feel a shivering sensation. Learn the causes for this unusual reaction.
You can start pelvic rocking exercises early in pregnancy to keep your movements flexible. The motion is also especially soothing to the back and spine, and your little one will actually enjoy this rocking motion. Starting early will let you practise and help you feel more prepared for using the method during the actual labour stage.
Studies now suggest that delayed cord clamping is better for the overall health of a newborn. Waiting as little as three minutes can make a world of difference.
Once the placenta is delivered, your doctor or midwife will inspect to ensure that it is intact. If even the tiniest piece of placenta remains behind, it called a retained placenta. If ignored, a retained placenta is the biggest cause of post partum haemorrhaging.
We have discussed the difference between a natural and managed third stage of labour at length in a previous article, and your choice will determine on how you will deliver the placenta.
Do you imagine that there are only two birthing methods – natural and Caesarean? Think again! There are at least a dozen different ways to experience natural child birth.
The euphoria for getting a positive pregnancy result for the first time usually gives way to an insatiable desire to find out everything about pregnancy. Are my symptoms normal? How do I know if my baby is developing well? What is labour like? If you have all of these questions, here are the top 10 pregnancy books you should be reading.
1. The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
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As you enter your second trimester, it is time to consider enrolling in a pre-natal class. If you are first-time parents, it’s very helpful for you and your partner to participate in a pre-natal class as these classes teach you about the process of labour, inform you about your options during the labour process and can also provide many helpful tips about labour techniques and caring for your infant.
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Delivering a baby can be hard work but that doesn’t mean you can’t make yourself comfortable during your stay. There are many comforts of home that you can pack for the hospital for delivery that could cheer you up and help you relax during your labour and after wards. Here are some ideas about some creature comforts you can bring along.
Comfy items to pack for the hospital
A top priority is to pick out comfortable things…
We’ve featured another article on how to prepare your child for the new baby, so in this article, we will look at fun activities for siblings to enjoy together. Children who play together, bond together in a process that is unforced.
Being past your due date can be additional stress for any pregnant woman. You are not just uncomfortable due to your big belly, but you also think of your child's safety. As a baby spends more time in the womb, there is some concern due to placental deterioration.
Selected hospitals have birth pools you can use, but you may also ask if you can bring your own hired pool. Some hospitals are less than supportive about this idea; so many expecting mommies opt for birthing in the familiar surroundings of home.
In the ideal birthing situations, an expectant mother is able to deliver a baby via the body’s natural labor process. Yet, as mothers will tell you, there is nothing predictable about each birthing situation. Sometimes, it becomes necessary to have a C-section to deliver your baby. This an operation that involves an incision in the abdomen and into the uterus where the surgeon can then remove the child and prevent, hopefully, any further risk to…
The birthing process can be complicated and involved especially at the point in which a child is being pushed through the vaginal canal and into the world. When the baby crowns, the head can exit quickly or stretch the vaginal opening beyond its natural capabilities.
This can lead to tearing and stretching that result in the need for an episiotomy. An episiotomy is an incision at the vaginal opening in order to increase the amount of…
Photo credit: Mount Alvernia YouTube account
Established in 1961 Mount Alvernia Hospital in Singapore is now a grand 303-bed general acute care hospital, specialising in obstetrics, gynaecology and pediatrics. One of the main features of this premiere health care facility is that they offer a comprehensive range of maternity packages, depending on delivery type and room choice. Here's a look at Mount Alvernia’s wide range of maternity rooms.
RELATED: Take a virtual tour of the Raffles Hospital maternity ward
Husbands are now expected to be in the delivery room with their wives as they give birth. You may have heard of horror stories and gory details about other women's labour experiences. But how can fathers, especially first-time dads, handle the birth of their own babies? Here are 10 tips dad should learn from to survive your wife's delivery.
Dr. Jazlan Joosoph, specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Raffles Women’s Centre, shares tongue-in-cheek advice on how you…
Pregnant women and their spouses usually have endless questions about their pregnancy, labour and delivery and what happens next. It's good to know what certain terms mean before you start hearing them being thrown around, so you're not completely lost if you're presented with a certain situation. You may have heard of an episiotomy, but we'll explain the nitty gritty details of what it really is.
What is episiotomy?
An episiotomy is a common process during which…
In modern Singapore, most women automatically opt for a gynecologist to deliver their babies. But did you know that there is a growing movement for midwifery? Midwives in Singapore can run prenatal classes, coach mums-to-be on their labour and deliver babies. They can either work with doctors in hospitals or deliver babies on their own. Midwifery is more modern than you might assume, but it might not for every woman. If you're trying to choose…
Have questions or want to learn more about what labour and delivery are like? You're not alone! We tell you what you need to know about labour in Singapore in this guide.