Labor Tips

Speak the language

If you are new to drinking coffee at the coffeehouse it takes a time or two to get the lingo. After a few trips a triple, venti, half sweet, non-fat, half caf, caramel latte order will make you sound like a pro. Any Property Brothers episode, Devil Wears Prada rerun or anything on the Food Network should be a reminder that every field has its own unique language. Not knowing the language at the coffee house can result in a less than satisfying drink. The consequences of that are frustration and perhaps another coffee. If you don’t understand the language of medicine during labor and delivery the result can increase stress and anxiety. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to become a doctor or nurse to understand and use key terms important in labor and delivery.

Pain by the numbers

On a scale of 1 – 10 with one being no pain to 1 – being the worst pain you have ever experienced, rate your pain. Health care professionals use your response to determine the intensity of pain. According to a review of pain scales published by the National Institute of Health and National Library of Medicine, the numerical pain scale correlates best to actual pain and is immediately understood by most health care providers.

Use the numerical scale to quantify the intensity of pain you are feeling. Your health care providers will understand the intensity of your pain and you will know you have been understood.

Reference

Studies Comparing Numerical Rating Scales, Verbal Rating Scales and Visual Analogue Scales for Assessment of Pain Intensity in Adults: a systematic literature review.  http://www.mcbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21621130