Delivery Center

Zion Women셲 Hospital, Serving with Love

Free Contraction Unit

A method of delivery in which the pain of the baby to be born is understood and minimized
A form of philosophy or movement which promotes쐀irth without violencewhereby the baby is comfortable during delivery.
A more humane birth with the baby as the main focus

Sense of Hearing
The medical staff who are partaking in the delivery communicates in whispers

Sense of Sight
The lighting of the delivery room is minimized.

Sense of Touch
The baby is placed immediately into the mother셲 arms.

The umbilical cord is cut 5 minutes after the delivery.

Dr. Fredrick Leboyer was a famous French OB/GYN doctor who graduated from medical school in Paris back in 1937.
He conducted research in obstetrics from 1953 and came to develop several important questions after witnessing more than 10,000 births.
He began to consider the perspective of the fetus, asking questions such as, 쏧s the fetus happy when it is born?, and 쏡oes it get stressed?.
The mother셲 womb, although it is dark inside, is a comfortable space with the amniotic fluid acting as a great soundproof room.
Coming out of such a comfortable room into sharp lights and sounds and having its source of oxygen, the umbilical cord, cut off will automatically fill the baby with fear and anxiety.

As a method of viewing the moment of birth in the perspective of the baby, Dr. Leboyer presented five rules to respect the baby셲 sense of sight, hearing, touch and emotions.

01. The lighting in the delivery room is adjusted to a minimum (in consideration of the newborn셲 sense of sight).
In order to give a sense of stability and to protect the baby셲 eyesight from the intense lights in the delivery room after it has been born, the lighting is minimized when the baby셲 head appears and so there are no risks, darkening the room so that only the baby셲 form can be recognized.

02. The medical staff in the delivery room talks in whispers (in consideration to the newborn셲 sense of hearing).
Babies hear the sounds coming from the mother셲 body while inside the womb. Of the various sounds, the mother셲 heartbeat, with its beating rhythm, becomes ingrained into the baby셲 heart before it is born. When they are born, the first sound the baby hears is the mother셲 voice and somehow it leaves a lasting impression on the baby.
The staff members who are in the delivery room to assist with the delivery whisper when they have something to say so that they do not interfere with the baby셲 first moments.

03. The baby is placed in the arms of the mother immediately after the delivery (in consideration to the newborn셲 sense of touch).
The baby is placed into the mother셲 arms as soon as it is born. The mother셲 warm, soft skin provides the best possible place to rest the baby.
A newborn셲 skin is equipped with a sense of understanding and sensitivity that we cannot possibly fathom.
It is good for the mother to find the baby through her sense of touch. She feels with her hands before seeing.
The mother should be able to calm the baby by communicating through silence and caressing.

04. The umbilical cord is cut 5 minutes after delivery (with consideration to the newborn셲 breathing).
After being supplied with oxygen through the umbilical cord, the baby then starts to breathe through its lungs when it exits the uterus.
When the umbilical cord is not cut, the newborn breathes through both the umbilical cord as well as the lungs, this double breathing maintains a more stable supply of oxygen for the baby so that it can gradually adapt to breathing through its lungs. Thus, the cord is not supposed to be cut for the 4~5 minutes while the cord still has a pulse.
In the meantime, the baby lies on the mother셲 body listening to her heartbeat and adapts to the new method of breathing in their new world.

05. The newborn is placed into water to play (with consideration to the newborn셲 sense of gravity).
The baby has developed and lived in the warmth and softness of the womb셲 amniotic fluid, swimming around like a bird.
By letting the baby swim in water instead of sending it straight to the scale or to the hard crib after cutting the cord, the baby can adapt to the pressure of gravity on its own body.
The baby in the water opens its eyes and moves its hands to touch the open space.
The baby remains in the water until it is completely relaxed and the tension is gone. Then the baby is slowly held up from the water. At this point, the baby feels its own weight and begins to cry.
The baby is then slowly placed back into the water and the process is repeated.
This helps the baby get used to gravity.

06. Kangaroo care and breast-feeding are started immediately.
The mother셲 temperature warms the baby and also calms the baby. The baby and the mother also develop an increased level of attachment through the kangaroo care.

The major concern among expectant mothers is the fear of labor contractions. In order to resolve this fear a comfortable and more natural delivery takes place, the Free Contraction Unit operates to decrease the duration of contractions.

The Free Contraction Unit is designed a certain way to allow the patients to exercise while sitting or standing in order to make them feel more relief, and the postures are prone to ease the gravity셲 strength rather than when lying down on the bed, facilitating a fast and smooth delivery.

Moreover, patients can share the process with other patients at the Free Contraction Unit, which has the advantage of providing a heightened sense of stability and comfort than when lying in a room all alone.

Family delivery allows the family to be together during the entire process, from the moment the patient starts contractions to the point of delivery, which offers support to the patient셲 stability. They can also stay in the same space during the postpartum recovery.
Such a form of delivery has an upside of the baby셲 birth being experienced together by the couple and the family, since the process of contracting and giving birth takes place in the comfort of the Family Delivery room. The patient can adapt more easily to the delivery environment and is saved from the inconvenience of having to move to the delivery room for the actual childbirth.

Aroma therapy is a healing method that gives the body and mind a positive effect using essential oils extracted from trees, roots, flowers and leaves etc. and refined. The aroma therapy used for delivery mixes two or more aroma oils for skin massaging or stimulation of the olfactory sense. Using aroma oils during the delivery is known to reduce pain, strengthen contractions and relieve anxiety.

A painless delivery, which is commonly known as the 쐂elivery with epidural anesthesia, is a form of delivery that reduces the pain felt in a natural delivery. Epidural anesthesia involves inserting a thin tube into the exterior region of the dura mater that surrounds the spine at the patient셲 waist and regularly injecting diluted anesthetics. The procedure alleviates the pain in the sensory nerves while the legs can be moved with the motor senses intact, pushing is possible since consciousness is unaffected and the process of delivery can still be felt.

1.The patient can experience reduced pain and a more comfortable delivery.
2.Weak uterine blood flow or contraction abnormalities due to excessive pain can be prevented.
3.Hypoxia of the newborn caused by the mother셲 hyperventilation can also be prevented.
4. The fear, tension and pain conditions that appear due to the fear of labor contractions can actually be relieved.

Symptoms such as hypotension, headaches, nausea and queasiness may occur and the patient may be unable to urinate on a temporary basis.

1.When there is a spinal abnormality, such as a herniated disc or damage to the waist due to an accident
2. Where there is a problem with blood coagulation
3. When the patient is continuously hypotensive
4.When the patient has a skin condition around the injection area
5. Where the patient has had a shot of heparin in the last 12 hours
6.Where there is increased intracranial pressure (ICP)

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