Special Problems Related to the Birthing Process

June 26, 2017

Special Problems Related to the Birthing Process

Special Problem Mother’s Symptoms Comfort Measures

Imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in blood, usually caused by a combination of fast and deep breathing

  • Tingling in hands, feet, or around lips
  • Dizziness, light-headedness


  • Re-breathe exhaled air by breathing into a paper bag or cupped hands
  • Hold breath for a few seconds after a contraction is over


  • Direct mother to re-breathe her air
  • Monitor breathing and correct her technique as needed
Back Labor
  • Intense discomfort in back during contractions, which frequently persists between contractions
  • Relaxation may become extremely difficult as discomfort and tension increase

  • Assume a favorable position—side-lying, sitting, standing, or on your hands and knees; DO NOT lie on your back
  • Change position frequently
  • Pelvic rock/tilt
  • Relaxation
  • Breathing patterns
  • Listen to nurse’s suggestions


  • Give mother lots of praise and encouragement
  • Passive pelvic rock/tilt
  • Change of temperature to lower back, hot or cold compresses
  • Very firm pressure to the lower back, counter pressure, and massage
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