Low Intervention Child Birth

Low Intervention Child Birth


00:00 Speaker 1: Expectant moms have a lot
to think about, but thanks to advances in both practice and technology, welcoming a
child into the world is actually easier than ever. So joining us today is Dr. Rabiya Suleman
a board-certified OB-GYN with Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Thank you so much for stopping by. 00:18 Dr. Rabiya Suleman: Thank you for having
me. 00:18 S1: I can tell just by what reading
I’ve done about this so much has changed since I went through this process 20 some years
ago and now you’re talking about the use of nitrous oxide. That’s laughing gas, right? 00:32 DS: Yeah, it is laughing gas. 00:33 S1: So how do you use that? 00:34 DS: So laughing gas has actually been
around for decades. It’s the same gas that you use in the dentist
office. But here in labor and delivery, now we can
self-administer it during labor to help ease the pain of contractions. 00:47 S1: Okay, do you use it in conjunction
with other things, or maybe on its own? 00:53 DS: So you use it on its own until you
get to the point where you need something else, but you… They set it up for you and you inhale while
you’re having a contraction, and it helps to ease the pain of your contraction. 01:05 S1: So they call it laughing gas, is
what dentists have always called it, is there laughing going on in the labor and delivery
room there? 01:11 DS: So just having a baby a few months
back, I actually… 01:14 S1: You did? 01:14 DS: I used it. 01:15 S1: Congratulations. 01:16 DS: And my husband happily has videos
of me cracking up, laughing in the middle of having contractions. 01:21 S1: Is that right? 01:22 DS: Yep. 01:22 S1: Now, so in your experience, let’s
just go with that. Is that all you used, or did you go ahead
and have an epidural at some point? 01:30 DS: I did after… 01:31 S1: Okay. 01:32 DS: It took the edge off contractions
at the beginning, but after a while, I did want my epidural and so I asked for it. At that point, I was not able to use the nitrous
oxide. 01:40 S1: I see, okay, very interesting. And I’ve also read a lot about this new gentle
C-section. So what is that? 01:49 DS: So the new gentle C-section is we
use a clear drape. And before, back in the day, you were not
able to see your baby or see your baby come out of the belly. 01:57 DS: Yes, because you were kind of shrouded
from it. 01:58 DS: Right. So you had a completely… A blue drape so you couldn’t see anything. Now with a clear drape, as soon as the baby
is delivered, mom can actually see the baby come out of the belly. Also, we put baby right on her chest immediately. Dad can cut the cord through the clear drape. 02:16 S1: Like with a… 02:16 DS: With a scissors. 02:17 S1: Vaginal birth? 02:17 DS: Yeah. 02:18 S1: Same way. 02:19 DS: Same way, except not touching the
scissors, but through the clear drape, he can cut the cord. And then, as long as baby’s doing okay, we
do immediate skin-to-skin in the operating room. So as soon as baby’s disconnected, baby can
come right to mom and be put on her chest. 02:32 S1: Which so many studies have proven. 02:35 DS: Yes. 02:35 S1: Is so vital. 02:36 DS: Yes, absolutely. 02:37 S1: For that bonding to start immediately. Okay, last question. I had to save the best for last. You say you used this peanut ball. I thought maybe it was some sort of protein
thing, but it’s not. You use this in the delivery room now, this
peanut ball. 02:49 DS: We do, we do. So the peanut ball is… Imagine a yoga ball that’s shaped like a peanut
and they’re different… 02:55 S1: It’s a little more oblong. 02:56 DS: It is. It’s long and it’s got two kind of larger
sides at the end. 03:02 S1: Okay. 03:02 DS: And then it’s smaller in the middle
and it’s matched up for people’s height. And so you use the one that’s appropriate
for your height and it goes in between your legs. And so using that it helps to open up the
pelvis and it helps to guide the baby’s head down into the birth canal. 03:16 S1: How often do you use that? 03:18 DS: As often as we can. 03:19 S1: So you like it? 03:20 DS: I do. 03:21 S1: As a tool in the delivery room. 03:22 DS: It works. It really works well. 03:23 S1: Isn’t that fascinating? All these new things just in the last couple
of decades. Thank you… 03:27 DS: You’re welcome. 03:28 S1: So much for stopping by, and congratulations
once again. 03:29 DS: Thank you. 03:31 S1: Hey, if you wanna see more from
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