Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When to Go to the Hospital

Whether you are birthing at home, assisted or unassisted, or are planning a hospital birth, there are some warning signs which should be taken seriously.  Those are:

1.  Bright red bleeding which soaks a sanitary napkin
2.  Severe abdominal pain
3.  Temperature consistently over 102 degrees with chills
4.  Symptoms of shock:  rapid pulse, cold and clammy skin, shallow breathing, dizziness

Sometimes these can be signs of hidden internal bleeding, hemorrhage, placenta previa, or a severe infection.  However, before going to the hospital, you might try using the Accu-Balancing Technique to suggest to your body that it stop bleeding, and that the blood pressure return to normal. Ask your body to tell you intuitively what the problem is so that you can take steps to remedy the situation.  I personally don't feel that there is any circumstance that cannot be handled at home.  However, if your steps don't work, you must make the decision about what is best in your particular circumstance.

In the community of women that I work with, I have known women who were able to successfully handle these complications at home.  You MUST listen intuitively to the messages you are getting so that you know what to do.  Listen to what the baby is telling you.  Is the baby doing fine, despite the symptoms you are seeing?  Remember to trust your body.  It is causing these symptoms for a reason, and everything that is going on cannot always be understood by what you see with your eyes.  That is why intuitive information is essential.   What is your body trying to do?

Severe abdominal pain and bleeding can mean early separation of the placenta, or placenta previa.  I have known women who intuitively knew that they needed emergency care.  I have also known women who intuitively knew they would be fine, and understood exactly what they needed to do.

What could be done for these complications at home?  See  Handling Variations in the Birth Process

If you are having intense, regular contractions before 36 weeks gestation, this could be preterm labor.

You will first want to use the Accu-Balancing Technique to suggest to your body that it should stop labor.  You can also try a visualization in which you see your baby in the womb, and tell him/her that it is not time to come out yet.  Listen to the baby to tell you what is wrong.  Bedrest and a glass of wine will often relax the uterus so that labor stops.  Preterm labor can often be caused by dehydration - you have not been drinking enough water.  Take your weight and divide by 2 to determine the number of ounces of water you should drink per day.  A poor mineral balance can also cause contractions.  Take a calcium/magnesium supplement to normalize your mineral levels.  If contractions continue and are getting stronger, going to the hospital might be a good idea because you don't know if the baby's lungs are mature enough.  However, you would be surprised how often rehydration and minerals alleviate the problem.

If you are simply having normal labor contractions after 35 weeks...
Hospital birthers will not go to the hospital until they are in active labor.  You will know you are in active labor when you can no longer continue with your early labor activities during a contraction.  A general rule is that if you cannot carry on a conversation with someone while a contraction is going on because it requires your total concentration, then you are probably in active labor.  However, you may feel free to stay home longer if you wish.  The longer you stay home, the better the chance you will be fully dilated when you go to the hospital, and also, you will be subjected to fewer dangerous hospital procedures.

Home birthers will not go to the hospital unless the labor has been long and the mother feels she cannot continue, or if the mother feels intuitively that the baby is not developed enough to survive without intervention.

Unassisted birthers rarely need to transport to the hospital.  They usually are very good at meeting their bodies' needs so that intervention is not necessary.  The have developed their intuition so that they know whether something is wrong or not.  Also, their implicit trust of their bodies means that they are more patient than most. 

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