I remember my experience when I gave birth to my first-born Choi, who is now happy and healthy at 3 years old. I am not really certain whether I went through dysfunctional labor but I vaguely remember being told that I should relax because my baby was having difficulty in breathing. He stayed in the NICU for almost 14 days.
I wanted answers then, but I was too confused, scared and ashamed to dare ask. What I realized, it is a must to continue learning especially when it's your child's life that is on the line.
So, when I was invited to attend a lay forum on labor conditions, I realized it is high-time I learn a thing or two so that I would be able to share it with my readers and mommy friends.
What I should’ve known
What is Dystocia?
There are two types of labor which can manifest different symptoms: true and false labor.
Who is at risk in experiencing Dystocia?
Okay, though it can't be accurately be told, here are some ways one can foresee if you are at risk of Dysfunctional Labor:
•High index of suspicion based on history
•Ultrasound - estimated fetal weight
How to PREVENT Dystocia?
•Normal weight gain
•Compliance to prenatal visits and monitoring
How To Manage Dysfunctional Labor?
There are also ways to manage dystocia,like augmentation, assisted delivery and abdominal delivery / Cesarean section.
ManilaMed Center for Women’s Health
Located at the 5th of ManilaMed at UN Avenue, Manila, the hospital’s Center for Women’s Health is the first of its kind in the country to offer services that is made especially for women.
Aside from the services, ManilaMed also aims to disseminate useful information that is beneficial to their clients and patient’s welfare.
Dr. Ma. Luisa T. Mangubat, Head of the CWH, invites everyone to join the fully-operational center. “Together, we can be heroes in ensuring the health of Filipino women.” – source: ManilaMed
There are 3 key things that I was able to learn from the Dystocia Lay Forum facilitated by Dr. Maynila Domingo (Maternal and Fetal Medicine).