Patient Education: Obstetrics
Making sure you receive the most accurate information is a key aspect of a healthy and happy pregnancy; that’s why we’ve taken such great care in compiling all of our education resources. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, our team of physicians and midwives and answer any additional question you may have. Explore the resources below and throughout this site for answers to some of the most important questions of your pregnancy.
Understanding the Trimesters
Our bodies go through some pretty interesting changes throughout pregnancy, and some of these changes can be pretty startling. It’s nice to know there’s a resource available to you to make sure everything you’re going through is normal. That’s exactly what we’ve designed our “Heartbeats” Trimester Guide to do: Keep you well informed. Click here to check out our trimester information, and learn more about what to expect during the next nine months.
Below is a guide to all of the obstetric procedures offered by Greenville OB/GYN. Explore the topic areas, read the brief descriptions of the procedures, and click through to learn more specific information about preparing for the procedure, and what you should expect after the procedure.
It’s important to note that this information is not completely comprehensive, and is intended to provide an overview of the procedure and your care. You should always have a thorough discussion with your physician prior to any procedure. Also, it’s important to note that, as with any procedure, there are risks, but these procedures are generally safe. Many of the risks closely associated with these procedures are very rare; once again, you should have a more detailed conversation with your physician about the risks and benefits of each procedure.
Induction of Labor
What is induction of labor?
Induction of labor means getting the process of childbirth (labor) started before it happens naturally on its own. This is done with the use of medicines or, in some cases, surgical methods.
What is cervical ripening?
During pregnancy, the cervix is closed to keep the baby inside the uterus. Once in labor, the cervix needs to open, or dilate, wide enough to let the baby come through. When the cervix changes from being closed and firm to soft and thin, this is called cervical ripening.
What is a cesarean section?
A cesarean section is an operation that delivers a baby through a cut in your abdomen and uterus. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus. This procedure is also called a C-section.
External Cephalic Version
What is external cephalic version?
External cephalic version is the changing of a baby’s position in the uterus by manipulation of the mother’s abdomen. Usually it is done to turn a breech baby to a vertex (headfirst) position. A breech baby’s bottom or feet are in position to come out before the head during delivery though the birth canal. Such a delivery may be hazardous. For example, the baby’s head may become trapped in the mother’s cervix. If the baby is moved to a headfirst position, you may avoid having a vaginal breech delivery or cesarean section.
What is a circumcision?
Circumcision means cutting off the foreskin, or ring of tissue, that covers the head of the penis. It is usually done the day your newborn goes home from the hospital.
Fewer children in the U.S. are being circumcised now than several years ago. In 1979, 90 % of American males were circumcised compared to 60% now. The following information should help you decide what is best for your son.
What is cerclage?
Treatment for cervical incompetence is a surgical procedure called cervical cerclage, in which the cervix is sewn closed during pregnancy. The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus and extends into the vagina. A cervical cerclage procedure may be used if a woman’s cervix is at risk of opening under the pressure of the growing pregnancy. A weak cervix may be the result of:
- History of second-trimester miscarriages
- A previous “cone biopsy” or a “LEEP” procedure
- Damaged cervix by pregnancy termination