BIRTH EDUCATION IS VITAL // Birth education might be confronting, but it is vital for the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies, for improving birth outcomes, informing and inspiring mothers and maintaining a normal cultural view of an everyday miracle.
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BIOMECHANICS OF VAGINAL BIRTH // Before birth, a fetus' lungs are filled with fluid. While inside the mother, a fetus does not use the lungs to breathe — all oxygen comes from the blood vessels of the placenta.
As the birth nears, the baby's lungs begin to clear the fluid in response to hormonal changes.
During a normal vaginal birth, 30% of this fluid is expelled by thoracic (chest) compression during transit through the vagina.
After the birth, as a newborn takes those first breaths, the lungs fill with air and more fluid is pushed out of the lungs. Any remaining fluid is then coughed out or gradually absorbed into the body through the bloodstream and lymphatic system.
When the thoracic compression is lacking or inefficient, such as in delivery via cesarean section, there is retention and subsequent delay in the resorption of normal fetal lung liquid. Other causes of delay in the resorption of fetal lung liquid include prematurity, maternal diabetes, oversedation, and hypervolemic states.