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Diagnosis 3 In The • How will I deliver my baby? Many women can delivery vaginally, despite their baby’s heart condition, but it is important to discuss your options and preferences with your fetal cardiologist and OB/GYN. Sometimes, your labor will need to be induced to best prepare for your baby’s surgery or other procedure, but induction is only done when medically necessary. Recent studies show that the chance of complications is higher when labor is induced, so it is best to avoid this if possible. There are instances where you will need to have a cesarean section. This may not be your first choice of delivery method, but your child’s doctors would not choose it if it weren’t necessary for the health of you or your baby. • What will happen after delivery? You may want to ask about the time that you and your baby will have together following birth. Find out whether you will be able to hold your son or daughter after delivery. Even if you can’t, you can ask to see your baby before they take him or her out of the room. The ability to see and hold your baby immediately after birth will depend upon your baby’s diagnosis and delivery plan. Speak with your cardiologist about the implications of your child’s diagnosis on breastfeeding, circumcision and vaccinations. 1 General Information 2 Prenatal Hospital 4 Living With CHD 5 Forms 41


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