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Health Wednesday, March 28, 2001 5A f weak to pick up, fetal monitor- woman in the early stages tochanged to encourage the ing can be done by connecting be monitored while another is mother to try different posi- a line through the mother's monitored in the more tions to make herself comfort- vagina to the top of the infant's advanced stages of labor, with- able, and the staff at PDH head. out waiting, encourage the mother to go As Hokanson progressed ahead and use these. with her duties, Viscarra tele- Plans Viscarra also said that at phoned UC-Davis Medical in Viscarra said she encour- one time, while the woman Sacramento. Soon, they were ages mothers-to-be to have awas in labor, she was told to connected through the comput- plan for their delivery. While stay in her bed except to use er to what was happening in some are content to just allow the bathroom. Now, women the delivery room at PDH. things to happen, to others, it's are encouraged to walk Through the telemedicine important to have the birth around, lean against the wall, link, the attendants and the coach present the father, the and do whatever it takes to physician have additional sup- woman's mother, or a friend-- make the process a little easier port should it be needed. If any and members of the family and on them. complications begin to show close friends. In the 20 years Viscarra has up on the computer screen, the Viscarra said that, at times, been a delivery room nurse, specialist in Sacramento the delivery room becomes she has been amazed at how knows it and can provide the quite crowded as many wel- the process has changed. And, needed advice, or connect with corned guests await the she reminds people about how another specialist in the same appearance of the new arrival, much safer it has become for hospital to provide it on the Besides knowing the people both mother and child. spot. the mother-to-be wants in the "People have forgotten that If the delivery is complicated delivery room with her, one in four women died at the and advanced care is needed, Viscarra encourages them to turn of the century," Viscarra the team at PDH can make the plan the setting. It's important said. necessary preparations before that she feel comfortable and And, women could have "10, the baby is actually bern, sav- as relaxed as possible. So, if 11, 12, 14 pregnancies," with ing valuable time in treating burning scented candles, play- only a few being carried to full the baby or the mother, ing soft music, or any number term, or resulting in a live Viscarra said the telemedi- of other relaxing techniquesbirth. cine unit is set up so the spe- are what she wants, the staff is cialist in Sacramento can read more than willing to accommo- Al~nutive$ up to four different deliveries dae it. There are alternatives to in four different rooms at PDH. Alternative birthing styles delivering babies in the hospi- That service is often required are also encouraged. Many at PDH, but it allows for one child birth classes have See Bi~h, page 6A to relax her as OB nude Usse e Hokanson, Photo by Victor~ M~ca~ RN, s apes a f ai heart 1 4A I chart for the doctor to him of the fetus' and giving him what's to come. to X-ray techni- Carter, the new provides enough to determine if surgery, or surgery clef palate, is neces- these types of are not conducted at surgery is more frequent and At birth, the is left with little or no ore advanced stage of and if the fetus is right position, even the be determined, if the to know. to a new grant from Medical, PDH's program has to include peri- to Viscarra, the link puts an on the other end of the receives the same as produced on screen. g, Lisette RN--one of four nurses who cover in the delivery an expectant moth- her place on the hospi- in one of four delivery the woman as com- as possible, Hokanson on the first of two This one was right over the moth- and soon the heart fetus was being on the screen of the to Hokanson, nor- heart rate ranges are 120 to 160. This baby was doing just from the 140s to depend entirely on rate to adapt to Viscarra g the bedside the chart that was Printed out, she added squiggly lines are the all is well. strap was then around the woman's I I DRIVE i HIROUG I 1 on ay I or Calzone I with coupon d with any other offer. I 1770 East Main I m Napa Auto Parts) Quincy I extended stomach. This one, placed higher than the first, gives the second reading on the screen, allowing the atten- dants to see how the uterus is contracting. This reading tells the nurse how the fetus is fairing. By reading the contraction rates, Hokanson or others can tell if the fetus is in trouble during delivery. 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