Natural Childbirth Pain Relief Winfield 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.

James Kent Winblad, MD
(620) 221-6100
1211 E 5th Ave
Winfield, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, General Preventive Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: William Newton Mem Hosp, Winfield, Ks
Group Practice: Winfield Medical Arts

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Edward Doyle Zimmerman, MD
(620) 442-2100
510 W Radio Ln
Arkansas City, KS
Specialties
Family Practice, Obstetrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1998

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Rhonda G Wright
(913) 894-8500
10600 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Brenda Kay Kallemeyn, MD
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 2002

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Thalia Jean Lopez, MD
(316) 685-1277
9300 E 29th St N Ste 201
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1996

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James Kent Winblad
(620) 221-6100
3625 Quail Ridge Rd
Winfield, KS
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Shelley Ann McClure
(620) 222-6250
1230 East Sixth Avenue Suite 2D
Winfield, KS
Specialty
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Preventive Primary Care
Education
English, Spanish
Professional Memberships
William Newton Hospital

Thomas Michael Lancaster
(913) 310-0225
10550 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Ben Douglas Williams, MD
(620) 275-9752
115 N Main St
Garden City, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1992

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Regan Michelle Wittek, MD
Prairie Village, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 2000

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Epidural Alternatives

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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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