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Complications of Labor and Birth

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Complications of Labor and Birth NSG 330

Brieanna Phipps

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Date Created: 03/14/16
Labor and Birth Complications  Dystocia o A difficult labor, a labor that is made longer or more painful by problems associated the five P's:  Powers  Passage  Passenger  Position  Psychological Responses  Powers o Primary- mom does not influence, she cannot control  Leads to cervical change o Secondary- mom does control (while pushing)  Probs w/ primary powers o Hypotonic – lot of contractions but they are low amplitude, just kinda crampy o Infrequent- strong but not occurring fast enough o I&H- not occurring strong or fast enough o Tachy- too many, can cause hypoxia o  Hypertonic uterine dysfunction o Occurs during latent phase o Least common o Constant muscle tension, but no cervical change o noT effective in causing cervical dilation o Frequent low contractions o Extremely painful o Most often in anxious primigravida o Highest rate in women age 40 or older o Lowest rate in women ages 20 to 24 o Happens more in older first time moms o Risks:  Maternal exhaustion, dehydration due to prolonged labor  Fetal hypoxia > distress  Fetal distress d/t decreased resting time between contractions o Medical management:  4 to 6 hour rest, fluids, sedatives  No oxytocin  Mom will likely wake up in labor after rest  Hypotonic Uterine Dysfunction o Active phase dysfunction o Uterine contractions decrease in strength and frequency after the onset of true labor o Weak irregular contractions during the active phase of labor o Irregular, low amplitude contractions o Less than 1 cm dilatation per hour o Or No cervical dilatation in 2 hours o (Arrest of progress) o Etiology:  Bladder distension  Sedation  CPD (baby too big for moms pelvis) o Risks:  Infection  PP hemorrhage due to uterine atony  Maternal exhaustion  Dehydration  Mom is contracting but not making any progress.  Labor is slow so mom gets tired, membranes are ruptured so risk of infection  Hemorrhage due to uterine muscles being tired o Medical management:  R/O CPD or presentation that would prevent a vaginal birth. (R/O = rule out)  If CPD R/O, amniotomy and pitocin augmentation are used.  Active Management of Labor (AMOL) Protocols o Labor is managed with amniotomy, timed cervical examinations, and Pitocin augmentation if adequate progress is not made. o Decreases risk of :  Dysfunctional labor patterns  Length of labor  Febrile conditions o Stresses low nurse : patient ratio o Once membranes are ruptured want to check cervix as infrequently as possible to dec. risk of infection  Nursing Care o Nursing Diagnoses:  Pain  Anxiety  Risk for ineffective coping  Knowledge deficit, fluid volume deficits o Frequent position changes:  Side-lying, high-Fowler's, rocking chair, sitting up, and walking  Moving helps move baby down into the pelvis o Comfort measures such as shower, whirlpool o Quiet environment, music, touch, massage, effleurage, relaxation exercises o Encourage to void every 2 hours o Mom wants to keep bladder empty – q2hr o Effleurage = mom rubbing belly  Precipitous Labor o Extremely rapid labor and birth within 3 hrs o Maternal risks:  Lacerations (perineal, vaginal or cervical)  Increased risk of PP hemorrhage  Placental abruption o Fetal risks:  Meconium-stained amniotic fluid  Low Apgar scores  Intracranial trauma resulting from rapid birth o Precipitous labor is more painful o Baby can have intracranial hemorrhaging and even possible seizures  Dystocia related to Passage o CPD (Cephalopelvic Disproportion)  TFTF!!! (too fat to fit)  Any problems with the materanl pelvis can cause CPD  Leads to extreme molding of the fetal head  Gynecoid is the best shape for maternal pelvis o Molding-  bones adjust to let babies head fit through canal, goes away in a couple of days  Dystocia related to Passenger- o If baby is in occiput posterior-  Risks: Intense back pain;  Prolonged labor, especially second stage  3rd and 4th degree lacerations  Very painful labor – provide sacral pressure, change positions  Nursing management-  Change maternal position to side-lying or knee-chest with counterpressure on sacral area  Pelvic rock o If baby is in Breech-  Risks:  Prolapsed cord (medical emergency)  Head trauma during vaginal birth  Slow descent  Sometimes head gets stuck  Establish an IV  Tocolytic (Terbutaline)  Monitor maternal VS  Monitor FHR every 1-2 minutes during procedure and following procedure for 1-2 hrs  External version before 37 weeks  Prior preparation  NPO  Ultrasound  NST or Fetal monitoring for 10 to 20 minutes  Give tributiline and mineral oil to prepare her  Would want to do a non stress test on baby to make sure he is happy aka alive   Types of breech  Frank – hips are flexed  Complete- knees are bent  Incomplete – knee or foot is extended o Abnormal presentations-  If brow/face present first-  risks include o CPD, prolonged labor, infection, trauma  Uncommon  C/S if persists  If baby does not flex head enough brow or face may be presenting part = need a c section  Twin pregnancies- o Dizygotic = two different eggs (fraternal) o Monozygotic = one egg divides (identical) o Complications-  PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension)  Hydramnios (too much fluid)  Placenta previa (placenta is close to presenting part of cervix  Preterm labor  Anemia (babies drain mom of nutrients they need  Postpartal bleeding- uterus is stretched, does not want to contract after delivery  Congenital anomalies  Twin-to-twin transfusion (monozygotic twins)  one twin takes nutrients from other, dec in size of other baby o Psychosocial nursing diagnoses:  Parental role conflict related to recent discovery of multiple pregnancy  Fear concerning her own and the babies’ health related to risks of multiple pregnancy  Macrosomia- o Weight of greater than 4000 g o Associated with:  Post-term pregancy  Maternal obesity  Maternal diabetes  History of large infant or previous shoulder dystocia o Maternal Risks:  CPD  Prolonged labor  Uterine atony o Fetal Risks:  Shoulder dystocia!  Birth trauma  Shoulder Dystocia- o Can cause broken clavicle or nerve damage o Apply downward suprapubic pressure  Applying fundal pressure can rupture uterus  Umbilical cord Variations- o Prolapsed Umbilical Cord:  cord precedes fetal presenting part and is compressed when trapped between presenting part and maternal pelvis.  May extend down the vagina or lie beside or just ahead of the fetal head (occult cord prolapse)  Prolapsed chord will present with fetal bradycardia, can feel it pulsating with vaginal exam  Contributing factors:  when pelvic inlet is not completely filled by the presenting part and membranes are ruptured (low birth weight, footling breech, shoulder presentation, multiple gestation, long umbilical cord)  Fetal risks:  Distress, hypoxia  Prevention:  Labor patients with ROM should remain on bed-rest until engagement  Don’t break water when the baby’s head is still high  Management:  Insert gloved hand into vagina and lift fetal part off cord until physician arrives/baby is delivered  Oxygen  Knee-chest or trendelenburg position.  Move to the OR! o Short Cords-  Rarely cause complications o Long Cords-  may twist and tangle around fetus, causing transient variable decelerations o Absence of umbilical vessel:  May be associated with other fetal anomalies  Dystocia related to Position- o Want mom up and moving around as much as possible, let gravity help us o Use gravity when possible o May impede or promote labor progress o Change position frequently and in relation to position of fetus  Dystocia related to psychological responses- o Stress, anxiety, and fear affect the labor process o Anxiety and fear may cause increased pain and catecholamine release, leading to physical distress, myometrial dysfunction, and dysfunctional labor o Anxiety will prolong labor o Exhaustion and stress lead to altered coping o Women in abusive relationships may exhibit anxiety or be very passive o Nursing support during labor: o Establish rapport (calm, caring, confident, nonjudgmental approach) o Information o Comfort measures o Touch o Therapeutic communication Labor and birth complications part 2  Amniotic fluid embolism- o Bolus of amniotic fluid enters maternal circulation and then enters maternal lungs o Rare complication  Hydramnios/polyhydramnios- o Greater than 2000 cc amniotic fluid o Fundal height increases out of proportion to gestational age o Occurs with GI abnormalities o May increase the risk of prolapsed cord and fetal malpresentation o Fundal height is about the same as gestational age + or – 2 weeks o Amniotic fluid comes from babies kidneys so if too much baby is peeing but not swallowing so a GI abnormality more than likely o If too little GU abnormality b/c baby is not peeing it out o If severe enough to cause maternal dyspnea and pain, may be treated by amniocentesis or prostaglandin synthetase inhibitors (Indomethacin) o Indomethacin suppresses fetal amniotic production  Indomethacin (Indocin) o Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) o A side effect is oligohydramnios, caused by reduced fetal urine production o Also used to suppress preterm labor if other methods fail and if less than 32 weeks gestation o Blocks production of prostaglandins, which relax uterine smooth muscle  Oligohydramnios- o Less than 500 cc amniotic fluid o Fundal height out of proportion to gestational age o Cause unknown (Possibly caused by GU problem )  Amniotic fluid problems- o Postmaturity with IUGR o Fetal renal anomalies o May increase risk of cord compression during labor  Amniofusion- o May be used to replace some fluid during labor to remove compression o Indications: o Fetal distress o MAS o If there is meconium stained amniotic fluid you would do this to rinse/dilute the fliud so baby is not swallowing it  Premature rupture of membranes- o PROM:  premature rupture and leakage beginning at least one hour before onset of labor at any gestational age  water is broken but she is not in labor o PPROM:  preterm premature rupture of membranes, less than 37 completed weeks  membranes are ruptures at least an hour before labor and less than 37 weeks o Predisposing factors:  cervicitis, UTI, incompetent cervix, placenta previa, abruptio placenta, hydramnios, trauma, multiple pregnancy, smoking, substance abuse, fetal anomalies  Don’t really know what causes it most of the time o Risks of premature rupture of membranes  Maternal Risks  Chorioamnionitis-bacterial infection of amniotic cavity  Endometritis-uterine infection  Fetal/Neonatal Risks  Preterm delivery leading to RDS  Prolapsed cord  Clinical Management:  Assess fluid with nitrazene or fern test  Vaginal cultures: GBS status  Monitor fetal status  Less than 37 weeks:  Assess fetal lung maturity  Possible use of prophylactic antibiotics  Possible use of corticosteroids  Tocolytics contraindicated  Give corticosteroids btwn 24 and 34 weeks gestation  Tocolytics contraindication r/t risk of infection  Prolonged rupture of membranes- o Greater than 24 hours prior to birth o Increases risk of infection o May need cervical ripening or oxytocic induction  Preterm Labor- o Maternal Risk:  psychological stress, concern for infant o Fetal and Neonatal Risks:  preterm delivery leading to RDS (respiratory distress syndrome) o Diagnosis:  gestational age 20-37 weeks o Documented contractions o Progressive cervical change o Predisposing factors  Multiple gestation  Cervical incompetence  Hydraminos  Uterine anomaly  Maternal infection  Maternal medical disease  Previous preterm labor  Uterine irritability  Age less than 18 or greater than 35  Low SES  Substance abuse  Poor weight gain  Non-white race  In-vitro fertilization  STD’s  Anemia  Abdominal trauma o Signs and symptoms-  Uterine contractions every 10 minutes or less, for at least one hour  Lower abdominal or back discomfort  Pelvic pressure or heaviness  Urinary frequency or diarrhea  Vaginal discharge: change in character or amount  Vaginal bleeding  Possible ruptured membranes o Self-management-  Empty bladder  Full bladder will cause uterine irritability  Drink 2 or 3 glasses water or juice  Lie down on side for one hour  Palpate for contractions  If symptoms persist, call health care provider  If symptoms go away, resume  only light activities o Home monitoring and care  Void every 2 hours  Consume 2-3 quarts of fluid daily  Avoid lifting  Avoid nipple stimulation  Limit sexual activity  Limit activities  Monitor uterine activity  Nipple stimulation and sex causes oxytocin to release = go into labor o Medical Management-  Monitor UC, FHR  R/O UTI  IV fluids  Tocolytic therapy  Magnesium Sulfate  Terbutaline (Brethine)  Nifedipine (Procardia)  Indomethacin (Indocin)  Betamethasone- help babies lungs mature  Postterm Pregnancy- o Pregnancy extends beyond 42 completed weeks o Cause: unknown o Possibly deficiency of placental estrogen & continued secretion of progesterone o Maternal risks: dysfunctional labor, operative assisted delivery, trauma, PP hemorrhage o Placenta tends to give out and calcify after 42 weeks and a dec in amniotic fluid o Fetal risks:  Uteroplacental insufficiency  SGA  LGA, birth trauma if no uteroplacental insufficiency  Meconium aspiration  Oligohydramnios > umbilical cord compression  Birth Trauma- o Risk Factors o Soft Tissue Injuries: erythema, ecchymosis, petechiae, abrasions, lacerations, edema o Skeletal Injuries, especially clavicle o Peripheral Nervous System Injuries, especially brachial plexus o CNS Injuries  Induction of Labor- o Assessing readiness of cervix for delivery using the Bishop Score o Scale to let us know how prepared cervix is for delivery, need at least a score of 8 or higher o o o 0 o 1 o 2 o 3 o Cervical o Closed o 1-2 cm o 3-4 cm o > 5 cm Dilatation o o Cervical o 0-30% o 40-50% o 60-70% o > 80% effacement o o Fetal Stationo -3 o -2 o -1,0 o +1,+2 o Cervical o Firm o Medium o Soft o Soft Consistency o Cervical o Posterior o Midposition o Anterior o anterior Position  Cervical Ripening- o Cervidil (dinoprostone) -> know the D name  Small tampon like cloth, goes in vagina, behind cervix and releases medicine, usually receives at night before given Pitocin, has a string so if you need to you can pull it out quickly o Nursing care:  Monitor VS  NST  Keep pt supine with hip tilted to left for 1 hour, continue to monitor VS and EFM  Watch for hyperstimulation of uterine contractions o Gel should be removed if there is severe nausea, vomiting, or hyperstimulation. o What other treatment could be used in the event of hyperstimulation?  Give her a fluid bolus or give tributilene if it severe enough  Change position (side-lying)  Oxytocin Administration (induction of labor) o Give Pitocin if:  PROM  Chorioamnionitis  Postterm gestation  IUGR, fetal demise o Contraindications:  Placenta previa  Transverse fetal lie  Prolapsed umbilical cord  Prior classical uterine incision  vertical incision in uterus, after this all pregnancies must be C section  Active genital herpes  CPD  Rigid, unripe cervix  Severe PIH  Fetal distress o Meternal and Fetal effects of Pitocin  Maternal:  Placental abruption  Impaired uterine blood flow  Rapid labor  Uterine rupture  Water intoxication  Fetal:  Hypoxia if hyperstimulation occurs  Trauma from rapid birth  If given too much or too quickly:  Water intoxication b/c it has a antidiuretic effect o Nursing Considerations-  Apply fetal monitor for at least 15-20 minutes prior to starting infusion to obtain baseline  Maintain continuous EFM throughout induction o Nursing Considerations for Pitocin Induction of Labor  Usually 20 units pitocin added to 1 L of fluid (5D/RL), result in 1 mU/minute = 3 cc/hr), maximum rate is 20 mU/minute.  Additional plain IV fluid is connected to administer fluids  Pitocin goes in the lowest port  Infusion pump is used with pitocin  Initial dose is started at 1-2mU/minute with increases every 30minutes  Assess FHR, maternal VS, and UC prior to each increase in rate  Maintain I&O  Assess and document everytime before you increase it  Discontinue IV oxytocin infusion if:  Any signs of fetal distress  Uterine contractions more frequent than every 2 minutes  Needs at least 60 secs of resting time between each contraction  Duration of contractions greater than 90 seconds  Insufficient relaxation of uterus between contractions  Forceps- o Provide traction and rotation o Types  Outlet  Low  Midforceps  Piper o Risks-  Lacerations  Hematomas  Facial palsy  Infant bruising or abrasions  Maternal bladder or urethral injuries o Prerequisites for use-  Fully dilated  Bladder empty  Presenting part engaged  Vertex if possible  No evidence of CPD  Vacuum Extractor- o Suction applied to fetal head to assist in rotation and descent o Vacuum is used to shorten the second stage o Risks:  Cephalhematoma  Scalp lacerations  Subdural hematoma o o Caput Succedaneum-Shape of babies head after vacuum is used  Cesarean Delivery Indications- o Breech o Multiple gestation o Preterm infant o Fetal distress o CPD o Previous classical cesarean incision o Dysfunctional labor o Active genital herpes o Placenta previa o Abruptio placenta o Prolonged ROM o Severe PIH o Umbilical cord prolapse o Risks-  Increased risk of infection  Increased risk of hemorrhage  Reactions to anesthesia agents  Blood clots  Maternal/infant bonding interference o Preparation-  Choice of anesthetic  Presence of support person  IV line  Baseline EFM  NPO  Foley catheter  Abdominal prep  VS  Pelvic tilt  Type and screen o Postop care-  Same care as for abdominal surgery, with added dimension of PP care  Assessment of blood loss  Lochia  Fundus  VBAC (vaginal birth after c section)- o Candidates:  Previous low transverse C/S  In facility that can perform a C/S within 30 minutes  Physician is available o Risks:  Hemorrhage  Uterine rupture o Trial of Labor-  Four to six hours  For VBAC, questionable pelvis, or abnormal presentation


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