Natural Childbirth Pain Relief Shawnee KS

When Chandra Lund discovered she was pregnant, she faced a dilemma. She wanted a natural labor, but media images of women screaming in pain haunted her, while on the other hand, her mother, an ob-gyn nurse, had shared enough experiences of complications from medical interventions, especially epidurals.

Judith Wynechi Hsu, MD
(972) 867-6400
15726 W 62nd St
Shawnee, KS
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1996

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Gordon Blake Clark
(913) 643-0075
21624 Midland Dr
Shawnee, KS
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Marilyn Richardson, MD
(913) 588-6100
12616 W 62nd Ter Ste 111
Shawnee, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1979

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Philip D Martin, MD
(251) 980-5470
6815 Hilltop Rd
Shawnee, KS
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1961

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Charles Williams Butrick, MD
(913) 307-0044
12200 W 106th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Overland Park Reg Med Ctr, Overland Park, Ks
Group Practice: Kansas City Women's Clinic

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Linda J Brown
(913) 588-8400
7405 Renner Rd
Shawnee, KS
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Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr.Gordon Clark
(913) 643-0075
21624 Midland Drive
Shawnee, KS
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M
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1989
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Gynecologist (OBGYN)
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Jerry Lynn Old, MD
(913) 599-1125
15329 W 95th St
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Family Practice, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974
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Hospital: University Of K S Med Ctr, Kansas City, Ks
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Wendy Kindrick, DO
Lenexa, KS
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 2001

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10600 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS
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By Diana Reynolds Roome

When Chandra Lund discovered she was pregnant, she faced a dilemma. She wanted a natural labor, but media images of women screaming in pain haunted her, and the “horrible, painful” birth stories her friends told made her think twice. On the other hand, her mother, an ob-gyn nurse, had shared enough experiences of complications from medical interventions, especially epidurals, that “getting a needle put in my back scared me more than giving birth,” says Lund.

The Conventional Rx: Hospital birthing centers frequently administer pain medications through an epidural, which is a regional anesthesia injected through a catheter into the spine. Though effective
in reducing the pain of contractions, side effects—such as dizziness, fever, headache, and occasionally more serious complications—often outweigh the benefits. What’s more, an epidural can actually slow labor by inhibiting the natural production of birthing hormones, requiring manual intervention such as forceps or a vacuum to extract the baby.

The Alternative Rx: Self-hypnosis. With the help of Fay Kelly, a childbirth educator and hypnotherapist in San Mateo, California, Lund learned to welcome rather than fear the powerful energy that comes into play when labor starts. She and her husband practiced breathing techniques and rainbow meditation, a relaxation practice that involves focusing on colors. Soon Lund could identify the muscles and hormones that power the birthing process, and Kelly taught her visualization techniques she could use during labor to stimulate the hormones that soften and dilate the cervix. “Through self-relaxation and hypnosis techniques, you can coax your uterine muscles to let go instead of pushing,” says Kelly.

The outcome: When labor began, Lund stayed relaxed and in control. And her meditation and visualization training paid off: Lund’s labor totaled seven hours—much fewer than the average 12—with only 12 minutes in the hospital delivery room and no drugs or epidural. Her baby, Ricky, arrived calm and alert.
—Diana Reynolds Roome

Author: Diana Reynolds Roome

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