Thursday, July 16, 2009
Medical Reports: Going Natural
With the rate of c-sections on the rise, some doctors are going against the trend and pushing their patients to go with a natural childbirth. One local hospital has now built a special birthing suite just for that. Seven's Diana Diaz shows us why some couples are going natural.
WSVN -- These expectant couples are preparing for the biggest day of their lives when they welcome their new baby into the world, and these moms-to-be have decided to deliver naturally.
Windy Kan: "I have always wanted to do the natural childbirth. My mom did it, my sister did it. I know I can do it."
Davinia Osorio: "The whole time I knew I wanted natural, no drugs nothing."
That goes against the current trend which is to have a cesarean birth. Almost half of moms choose to deliver by surgery.
Luisa Shulruff: "Watching that trend I am afraid for the ramifications of having surgery when our bodies are so incredibly perfect and able to give birth."
Luisa shulruff teaches couples how to prepare their minds and bodies for labor at Memorial Hospital Miramar. She was the driving force behind the hospital building its first natural birthing suite.
Luisa Shulruff: "When they walk in this room they're going to have as little intervention as we can possibly have to give them."
The room looks more like a hotel suite than a hospital room. It painted with soothing colors and features serene pictures and signs of encouragement.
Patients can even choose the right mood music from the musical library. Luisa also uses aromatherapy to help calm expectant moms.
Luisa Shulruff: "When you sniff the different types of aromas it engages different receptors in your brain to help you calm down, to help you become more tranquil."
The baby's father is also expected to play a big role on delivery day. Massaging his wife and providing support making some dads-to-be a little anxious.
Ronald Osorio: "The nurses that are going to work in that birthing room are trained to be able to motivate you in case I falter and pass out like some do."
Patients using this room know they will not be offered an epidural or any drugs to induce labor, which Luisa says is better for both mom and baby.
Luisa Shulruff: "I want to relax, take my time and then if I have to scream I'll scream."
But it's also nice to know the birth suite is right in the hospital just in case the operating room and neonatal ICU are steps away. Both of these couples admit they're nervous but ready.
Christine Cruz: "It's going to be painful and everybody knows that, but you do what you gotta do, and then you have this big beautiful baby at the end that makes it all worth it."
Christine Cruz: "And we are happy to report Windy and Alberto are now the proud parents of Brianna Skye weighing in at almost eight pounds. We're told mom and baby are doing just fine."
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