Intravenous is when a liquid is flowed into a vein in your hand or arm. Intravenous is often used to give medication or to give or to take blood. It is also used to maintain a balance in your body's fluids.Intravenous also:
An amniotomy is a procedure in which the bag or sac of water around the baby in your womb is broken artificially.An amniotomy:
Pitocin (also called syntocinon) is a man-made (synthetic) drug that is similar to a natural hormone which causes labour contractions.Pitocin:
An episiotomy is a procedure in which an incision or cut is made in the perineum (the area between a womans vagina and anus) to widen the vaginal opening.An episiotomy:
Stirrups can be used to support the mothers legs and feet in an elevated, open position during the later stages of labour and birth.Stirrups:
This is an external monitor which records uterine contractions and the baby's heartbeat through two discs strapped to the mothers abdomen.
Electronic fetal monitoring is important for some high-risk pregnancies in which there is concern about the baby's heartbeat (fetal distress), when labour is induced or when epidural anesthesia is used: