A mom is induced in the hospital and delivers her posterior baby with the help of an epidural.

Mom is admitted to the hospital, hooked up to a fetal monitor, and an IV drip of Pitocin is started.

5 hours after the Pitocin began, her membranes are artificially ruptured.

Epidural anesthesia being administered. Mom is 4cm before receiving the epidural.

As sometimes happens with an induction, dilation occurs quickly once active labor begins and mom goes from 4cm to 8cm in 15 minutes. Because of her quick progress, mom is in considerable pain despite the epidural.

Mom pushes for 30 minutes and the head begins to slip out.

A nuchal cord is found to be wrapped twice, so the doctor clamps the cord before the baby is born.

The second clamp is added to the cord.

The doctor cuts the umbilical cord. If you look closely, you can see that the baby is posterior - or facing towards mom's front. The face is visible in this photograph. This is a less common position for the baby to be in and is known to contribute to 'back labor' as well as a slow early labor yet very speedy active labor and transition.

The doctor wipes the baby's face with a cloth.

The doctor presses down on the baby's head to help pull the anterior shoulder out.

The rest of the body slips quickly out.

The brand new baby boy is suctioned immediately.

He is then placed on his mom's tummy.

When mom asks to see the placenta, the doctor lifts it up to show her!

The baby is brought to the warmer and some oxygen is placed near his face.

A beautiful baby boy is brought to the nursery for the hospital's new baby routine.


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