Patient Preference Impact on Treatment Plan

Patient Preference Impact on Treatment Plan

Hours into pushing, the mother could not bear the pain of completing the delivery. In response to this, the baby started to have late and variable decelerations in heart rate. Sung & Abramovitz (2021) and Pillarisetty & Bragg (2021) state variable decelerations indicate that the umbilical cord is compressed or prolapsed, and late decelerations indicate the baby is not getting enough oxygen by either baby positioning or cord entanglements. After minutes of seeing the baby decline, doctors decided this form of delivery was not safe for the baby and completed an emergency C-section that resulted in keeping all involved from experiencing a bad medical outcome. The baby had to spend a little time in the NICU after delivery but was otherwise healthy. Had the baby’s mother decided to receive an epidural, outcomes might have been different in either a better or potentially worse way.