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- Become familiar with potential hazards during the birthing process.
- Understand the purpose of the Apgar test.
- Describe normal and abnormal fetal positions.
- Learn how hormones facilitate labor and delivery.
- Take a look at the different methods of childbirth.
- Discuss the complications associated with premature births.
- List the three stages of labor.
- Become familiar with cultural differences in childbirth.
- Describe changes that occur during the neonatal period.
- Learn about the different methods for neonatal assessment.
- Identify the reflexes of newborns.
- Examine the symptoms and difficulties associated with multiple births.
1. The Perinatal Environment and Potential Hazards During the Birth Process
What does perinatal mean? What happens during the birth process? What are some things that can go wrong? You will find the answers to these questions and more in this lesson!
2. The Neonatal Environment: Definition & Apgar Test
The neonatal period lasts from birth until four weeks old. Care during this period is essential to healthy development. In this lesson, explore the neonatal environment and learn how the Apgar test is used to assess newborn functioning.
3. Fetal Dystocia: Normal and Abnormal Fetal Positions Prior to Childbirth
While the majority of births proceed without too many complications, occasionally some births don't go quite as planned. Learn about some of the more common types of complications in this lesson on difficult births and fetal dystocia.
4. Childbirth: The Role of Hormones in Labor and Delivery
How does a mother's body know when it is time to give birth? How does the labor process begin and end? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson on the hormones involved in childbirth.
5. Childbirth Methods: Natural Delivery, Medicated Delivery & C-Section
Birth is one of the first major developmental milestones, but there are many different ways to give birth. In this lesson, we'll look at three popular methods of childbirth: natural childbirth, medicated childbirth, and C-sections.
6. Premature Births and Associated Complications
What classifies a baby as premature? If they are born premature, how likely is it that they will survive? Learn about this and more in this lesson on the risks and complications of premature birth.
7. The Three Stages of Labor: Dilation, Expulsion & Placental
You may think of the process of labor and childbirth as one long event, but it is actually divided into different stages. Learn about each of the three stages of labor in this lesson.
8. Childbirth Issues: Cultural Differences, Low Birth Weight & Injuries
Childbirth represents one of the first key moments in human development, but there are always challenges that arise with childbirth. In this lesson, we'll look at some common issues surrounding childbirth.
9. The Neonatal Period: Changes During the First Month of Life
Development of our internal systems doesn't stop with birth. Learn about some of the main changes that occur during a newborn infant's first month of life in this lesson on the neonatal period.
10. The Neonatal Environment: Definition & Assessment
How do medical professionals make sure that a baby is healthy at the beginning of his or her life? In this lesson, we'll examine two common assessments given to measure physical and behavioral health: the APGAR Assessment and the Brazelton Scale.
11. Identifying the Reflexes of Newborns
Reflexes allow babies to survive the first few years of life. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the major reflexes of infants, including those that indicate a healthy nervous system response and those designed to help a baby feed itself.
12. Multiple Births: Symptoms, Difficulties & Types
While the thought of twins or triplets may be exciting or intriguing, have you ever considered the difficulties that are involved in the birthing of multiple babies? Learn about the different types of twins and some of the complications that come along with being pregnant with twins, triplets, and other sets of multiple births.
13. Stress Hormones and Pregnancy: Effects & Overview
In this lesson, explore how stress hormones can affect a baby during pregnancy. Also, learn what can be done to reduce stress and address problems after birth.
14. What are Birth Defects? - Causes, Types & Prevention
Birth defects are abnormalities caused by genetics or exposure to harmful substances in the womb. This lesson discusses causes and types of birth defects as well as their prevention. It wraps up with a quiz to test your knowledge.
15. What Is Infant Mortality Rate? - Definition, Causes & History
This lesson will define infant mortality rate, describe common causes of infant mortality, and provide a short history of infant mortality in the United States from the early 1900s through present day.
16. Shaken Baby Syndrome: Symptoms & Facts
Learn about the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome as well as some interesting facts. Then, take a quiz to see if you can identify the main concepts of this concerning topic.
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