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4A Wednesday, March 28, 2001 Health I!~ By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer Candles glow, soft music plays in the background, and family members wait in antici- pation as a new mother is about to give birth. It's a birth experience the mother has carefully planned, right down to the number and fragrance of the candles. It's a setting the professional staff at Plumas District Hospital (PDH) accept and even wel- come, said Carol Viscarra, RN. It may not be the setting all mothers want when they give birth, but it's a personal deci- sion left up to the parents-to- be. "As long as it isn't danger- ous," the staff attempts to accommodate the parents' wishes, Viscarra said. It's a far cry from the sterile delivery rooms where many baby boomers were born, where it was all business, one birth treated much like the next, as the attending doctor, nurses and other personnel were intent on the delivery and a single process. But, just as the field of medi- cine has changed, and research has produced better ways to monitor a fetus' progress almost from the time of conception through deliv- ery, procedures in the delivery rooms at PDH have also changed. Early stages At approximately four .weeks into her second preg- nancy, one mother received the good news. A simple test, conducted in the doctor's office, told the woman the results before she left. Two weeks later, she returned, this time to be checked for a fetal heartbeat. Arriving at PDH, the young woman met an X-ray techni- cian for her first ultrasound on the state-of-the art Sequoia 512 Acuson ultrasound system. Purchased by PDH and installed in early January, the system not only monitors the fetal heart rate, but shows extensive details of the fetus. As the technician ran the scanner across the mother's bare stomach in the location of tiny fetus, its form and move- ments appeared on the screen. Craning her head slightly, the mother was given an opportunity to meet her devel- oping baby for the first time. Depending on the health of the fetus, the mother will have periodic ultrasounds during her pregnancy. More frequent tests are performed if there are any questions about the health of the mother or fetus. As the fetus develops, the system can determine its cur- rent weight, length and esti- mated due date (in this case, the doctor's estimate and that made in the computer were only four days apart). The system can also check on the position of the umbili- cal cord, and determine birth defects such as heart irregular- ities or a clef palate, among many others. The system prints out a \ 7, ....... %.'., I '[. Pt~ I~ Vct~ia Metcalf Carol Viscarra, RN, has watched the world change aroundSharon Carter watches the monitor as images her in her 20 years of nursing. Here she's on the phonefetus at 22 and a half weeks come up. 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