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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

3 Perks To Having A Scheduled C-Section

by Francisco Arnold

Every pregnancy is different. There are so many things that determine how a pregnancy will go, including genetics, the mother's physical abilities, the child's needs, health insurance, personal beliefs and preferences, and more. While many mothers are "sure" of how their pregnancy is going to unfold, it is usually never quite how they imagined.

One common issue that can arise is the positioning of the baby. This can drastically change a mother's birth plan, and may even become an emergency if it is not prepared for. When a baby is preparing for delivery there is usually a point at which they will flip their bodies so that their head positions itself in the mother's pelvis. This is the norm and what is required in order to perform most home deliveries in a safe way. However, when the baby does not flip (which can happen for a number of reasons) obstetricians call the position 'breech', and a C-section is commonly performed to aid in the delivery of the child. If you fear your baby may be breech, talk to your OB/GYN.

The realization that one is having a C-section can be quite scary and uncomfortable for mothers who were expecting to deliver in a different way. Some mothers may not be given any heads up before the surgery needs to take place, while others may know for several weeks before the C-section is scheduled. If you are one of the lucky ones that gets to ponder it for a while, here are a few things to know in order to prepare for a C-section.

No Pelvic Floor Damage

It may be comforting to know that since your baby will not be passing through your pelvis, you will likely avoid pelvic floor damage. This is often what makes women have a hard time holding their urine when they sneeze, jump, or need to go badly.

No Contractions/Surprises

Since the surgery is scheduled, mothers can often make very solid plans surrounding the delivery, such as childcare for other babies, or family coming into town. A scheduled surgery will also likely happen before one's body is naturally trying to deliver the baby, which means no painful contractions for you.

Potentially Safer for Your Baby

You may not be aware of exactly what is happening in your uterus to prevent your baby from flipping to be head down. For example, some babies are unable to flip due to obstructions such as the umbilical cord being wrapped around them. Instead of forcing them into the position, a C-section allows your baby to stay comfortable until they are removed by a skilled professional.