New labor and delivery options for expectant mothers

Norton Women’s Care provides pregnant women who deliver at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital with multiple labor and delivery choices. Some women choose an epidural and limited movement, while others prefer more natural alternatives to achieve an unmedicated birth. We continue to strive to provide options for our patients, including a birthing ball, a birthing tub and freedom to move around the labor room. The most recent addition for natural birth options is nitrous oxide for pain and anxiety management.

“More and more women are becoming aware of their childbirth options, with a trend toward the natural,” said C. Reed Nett, M.D., OB/GYN. Dr. Nett practices with Advocates for Women’s Health, a Part of Norton Women’s Care. The practice consists of eight female OB/GYNs, including herself, and two advanced practice registered nurses — one of whom is certified nurse-midwife Julie O. Mease, APRN.

Dr. Nett said hospitals, often viewed as cold and sterile environments, are moving toward becoming more comfortable, welcoming places to have a baby.

Some women whose first childbirth was through cesarean section calculate their risks but still choose a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Jenna Williams, a former Norton Healthcare nurse, is one such patient. She praised Dr. Nett for her guiding hand during both of Williams’ pregnancies.

“She educated me, warned me and encouraged me, making my VBAC experience perfect!” Williams said. “I’m lucky to have her bring both of my babies into this world.”

“Our goal is to be very much connected to the patient and to establish a close relationship and care for her during her pregnancy,” Dr. Nett said.

To refer a patient to Dr. Nett, call Advocates for Women’s Health, a Part of Norton Women’s Care – St. Matthews at (502) 423-9595.

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