MRH Living Well Column: Calming delivery worries with knowledge, class and hospital tour
July 14, 2017
It's natural to feel anxious anticipating your delivery day, especially if it's your first baby, or your previous birthing experience didn't go as well as planned. When it comes to calming fears, knowledge is power. That's why learning all you can about pregnancy and delivery, asking lots of questions at your prenatal appointments, and taking advantage of offered birthing classes and hospital tours is really important.
"A few weeks back I had an expectant mom who was really anxious about what to expect because her last delivery at another hospital wasn't pleasant. She hadn't seen the birthing center yet so I walked her over and showed her. It helped to ease her fears," said Dr. Eileen Joyce, OB/GYN physician with Memorial Regional Health.
The obstetricians at MRH encourage patients to ask any and all questions they may have prior to delivery. If you have questions in between appointments, write them down to share with your doctor. It also helps to meet members of the birthing center team including the doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists—something that happens on the MRH What to Expect Presentation and Tour.
"Knowing as much as you can about what to expect during delivery helps relieve anxiety. If you are familiar with your surroundings, you'll be more relaxed. Get a tour, talk to the nurses, see the birthing rooms, get familiar with the equipment and tour the nursery," suggested Dr. Scott Ellis, OB/GYN with Memorial Regional Health.
“Knowing as much as you can about what to expect during delivery helps relieve anxiety. If you are familiar with your surroundings, you’ll be more relaxed. Get a tour, talk to the nurses, see the birthing rooms, get familiar with the equipment and tour the nursery.”Dr. Scott EllisOB/GYN with Memorial Regional Health
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A month or so before delivery, it's a good idea to attend a birthing class. The all-day class offered by MRH covers topics including onset and stages of labor, how your body changes, comfort measures, breathing and relaxation exercises, talking to your doctor, what happens after delivery, care at the hospital and at home and how to install an infant care seat properly. It includes a tour of the birthing center.
"The birthing class is full of information, and it often answers questions women haven't even thought of yet. It also provides relaxation and breathing techniques to help with labor," Joyce said.
Memorial Regional Health is pleased to welcome a certified nurse midwife to the Women's Health team. She offers another option for pregnancy and delivery care starting in August 2017. To make an appointment with Dr. Scott Ellis or Dr. Eileen Joyce, call 970-826-8230.
"If you have any fears or concerns, ask your doctor. We're happy to tell you what's normal, what's not, and what to expect during labor and delivery," Ellis said.
MRH What to Expect Presentation and Tour, Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Expecting a baby? Join us for a presentation on what to expect, along with an MRH Birthing Center Tour. The What to Expect event is offered each quarter (February, May, August and November). Moms and dads are both encouraged to attend. 6-7:30 p.m, no cost. Call 970-824-9411 for details.
MRH Birthing Class, July 22
Birthing classes are held at MRH are held three times per year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class covers various topics and welcomes questions from expectant moms on labor, body changes, breathing techniques, breast feeding, and more. Tour of birthing center provided. Call 970-826-3270 to reserve a space for an upcoming class. Class is free for patients currently receiving care from doctors Ellis, Joyce and Sullivan. If you're not currently a patient the cost is, lunch included.