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What is an amniotomy?

An amniotomy, also known as artificial rupture of membranes (abbreviated AROM or ARM), is a procedure in which a woman’s amniotic membrane is ruptured prior to or during the labor process. Amniotomy: Overview The amniotic sac is a fluid-filled sac, composed of membranes, in which the fetus develops. Sometimes, the sac will spontaneously burst near…

What tests should my doctor perform during pregnancy?

When a woman first becomes pregnant, the amount of information given to her about prenatal care may be overwhelming. Throughout this page, our birth injury team will explain the prenatal tests (also known as antenatal tests) that physicians perform to ensure the health and proper development of a newborn baby. The main goal of these tests, called…

What Signs Indicate My Baby Is In Distress? How Is Fetal Distress Treated?

Fetal distress is an emergency pregnancy, labor, and delivery complication when a baby experiences oxygen deprivation (birth asphyxia), causing changes in the baby’s heart rate, decreased fetal movement, and abnormal substances in the amniotic fluid. A fetal heart rate monitor will detect the presence of abnormal fetal heart rate tracings in the presence of fetal…

How should I choose an obstetrician for my pregnancy and delivery?

Choosing an obstetrician is an exciting, personal and important start to a pregnancy. While most pregnancies result in healthy babies, dangerous complications, injuries and conditions can arise during pregnancy, labor and delivery that can cause permanent, devastating injuries to the mother and/or baby. Given the extreme consequences of mishandled complications, it is important for parents to play a…

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy involving any potential complications that could harm the mother and/or baby. Certain factors that make pregnancies high-risk include: Maternal age under 20 or over 35 Maternal medical conditions (such as gestational diabetes, maternal hypertension, preeclampsia, obesity, and infection) Fetal conditions Multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) A history of obstetrical complications….