Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Health Care Provider
Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) is a form of ultrasound testing used during labor to determine the fetal heart rate and the strength of your contractions. Two plastic belts, attached to a machine that prints out results, are strapped around your belly. EFM limits your ability to move around,and it has not been shown to improve birth outcomes.EFM increases your chances of an "assisted"vaginal birth (with vacuum extraction or forceps) and cesarean section.
Episiotomy is a cut made in the vagina to enlarge it for birth.
Forceps are large spoon-shaped metal tongs that are inserted into the vagina and fit around the baby's head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal during birth
Vacuum extractor is a tool with a rubber or plastic cup that is inserted into the vagina and attached to the baby's head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal.
Labor induction is a means of artificially starting labor, usually by giving the mother drugs or by breaking the bag of water.
Cesarean section (or c-section ) is an operation by which a fetus is taken from the uterus by cutting through the walls of the abdomen and uterus.
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