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Surgical deliveries require weighing risks and benefits

When a woman goes into labor, she will have either a vaginal delivery or a surgical delivery. In most cases, a surgical delivery isn't done unless there is a medical reason for the surgery. It is important for the medical professional who is overseeing the woman's case to ensure that the risks of the C-section delivery are outweighed by the benefits to the mother and the baby.

Preterm premature rupture of membranes affects mother and baby

When a woman is pregnant, she usually counts down the months, weeks and days until her due date. As time passes, she is likely wondering when she will go into labor and if she will know for sure that she is in labor. For some women, a ruptured amniotic sac is the first sign that the baby is on the way. If the woman is 37 weeks pregnant when her water breaks, she is usually good to go and ready to have her baby. If she hasn't reached that point in her pregnancy, her water breaking can be a very serious issue.

Can you prevent medical errors?

Doctors and nurses are people, and people sometimes make mistakes. While some medical errors are tragic results of situations that can't be avoided, thousands of errors in the United States each year that lead to injury or death can be avoided. Hospitals and physicians work regularly on training and procedures that reduce the risk of errors, but as the patient, you can also reduce the chance that you suffer after an avoidable mistake when pregnant.

Staying up-to-date on research is important for obstetricians

Seeking prenatal care is the first step that a woman should take to ensure that she is properly monitored for possible problems during her pregnancy. Conditions such as gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and preeclampsia can be very dangerous. Women who suffer from those conditions, as well as any others that affect pregnancy, deserve to receive care that addresses the issues at hand.


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