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The Third Trimester

Assisted Vaginal Delivery

An assisted vaginal delivery is a delivery that is achieved with the help of either forceps or vacuum. Using these devices, an obstetrician can pull gently on the baby in conjunction with the mother’s pushing efforts to help make a vaginal delivery happen. Assisted vaginal deliveries do not happen often. Most of the time mothers …

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Breastfeeding

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C-Section

A primary c-section means a c-section done on a woman who has had no previous c-section. At Brockville General Hospital, we are happy to report that our primary c-section rate is less than 15%, which is the target suggested by the World Health Organization. Primary c-sections are done for many reasons. Sometimes the baby or …

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Family Based Care

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Group B Steptococcus Screening

Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacteria that about 30% of women have living in the vagina. It can cause a symptomatic infection for a woman, sometimes causing a UTI, or it can cause an infection postpartum in the uterus. But very often it is completely asymptomatic and is simply part of the bacterial flora …

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Pain Relief in Labour

There is no question that giving birth to a child involves some amount of pain. The amount of pain a woman experiences while giving birth varies from person to person, and may be different between pregnancies. Only the woman who is giving birth can decide what amount of pain is acceptable and tolerable to her, …

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Skin to Skin

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VBAC

If you have had a previous c-section, in a subsequent pregnancy you will have two options for delivery: having a repeat elective (scheduled) c-section or having a trial of labour in the hopes of having a vaginal delivery (VBAC = vaginal birth after c-section). Research has shown that 7 of 10 women who have previously …

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What to Bring to the Hospital

For You: Breast pads Sanitary napkins Shampoo, soap Toothbrush and toothpaste Hairbrush and hair dryer Easy access nightgown/bras for breastfeeding Slippers (cheap or disposable) or flip flops (for shower) Lip chap Water bottle Nipple cream (such as Lanolin) If you plan to pump and have one, bring it with you Laptop or radio for entertainment …

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