There are all sort of scary, unusual, and technical sounding words that can pop up during the labor and birth...
There are all sort of scary, unusual, and technical sounding words that can pop up during the labor and birth of your baby. Following are four common terms and their meanings. Episiotomy: A cut into your perineum wall that helps to deliver your baby. Often over-done, more care providers are becoming cautious about the routine use of this procedure. Even so, this is still performed in about 60% or more of births. It's your right to refuse, but be sure to talk with your care provider about the benefits and risks. Hypertension: This term you may hear during your pregnancy as well. It's a fancy word for "high blood pressure." Hypertension can be dangerous for your and your baby, so if this term comes up discuss it with your care provider. Failure to progress: More a term, than a word, but heard frequently in labor situations. Failure to progress means that labor has stalled, or slowed. The cervix has stopped dilating. If labor fails to progress natural, emotional, or drug-based procedues may be used. Sometimes all it takes to get labor going again is a more relaxing mood in the labor room. Sometimes it may take a drug like pitocin. Crowning: Sometimes called the dreaded, "Ring of fire" (most women find it very painful sans pain relief), this is when your baby's head appears. Usually, once at least half of your baby's head is showing through your vagina, people will say, your baby is crowning. This is a good time because the birth is likely almost over.

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