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Monthly Archives: April 2012
In our society we are generally taught that childbirth is terrifying and painful and therefore something we should be afraid of. This is an unfortunate misconception that is often deeply imbedded and certainly not always the case. While it can be incredibly … Continue reading
Touch and massage can be powerful, effective tools as comfort techniques. During labor the uterus is sending substantial messages to the brain that it is doing this incredible thing called contracting and that it is certainly not a “walk in … Continue reading
There is a lot more to the position of the baby than just “head down.” Knowing the position of your baby can be key in having a successful and comfortable labor and birth. So much of what is going on … Continue reading
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The length of labor can vary widely. Many new parents are surprised to discover that their process may be over 30 hours long. First babies are generally longer labors than subsequent deliveries. An average first labor is 12-16 hours of … Continue reading
Keep your birth plan simple. Nurses do not want to read birthing philosophy essays. Simply create a list of things that are important to you. Use bullet points instead of full sentences. Phrase your requests or desires in a positive … Continue reading
SROM stands for “spontaneous release of membranes.” Unlike the movies, this only happens about 10% of the time before labor has begun. Some women may experience it as a “pop” followed by an obvious gush of fluid. Others may experience … Continue reading
The birth ball can be a great way to provide some comfort during labor and facilitates rotation and descent of the baby.
As the process of labor unfolds couples are often presented with decisions. Your nurse or doctor/midwife may present a choice to you. Or, it may not be presented as a choice. Whatever may be presented it is important that you … Continue reading