Get off the bed! Use gravity.

Somewhere along the way it became normal for a laboring woman to lie down and remain in bed as labor progressed.  Ask any woman in labor, lying down is NOT comfortable, especially on your back!  Get off the bed.  You will feel so much better getting off your back and...

The Pushing Stage

Pushing is referred to as the second stage of labor.  For mothers delivering their first baby it is common to push for 1-3 hours.  This first baby is a “trail blazer” and works hard to make his or her way down the birth path.  If a woman chooses to have a second baby,...

Apgar Scores

The Apgar score is done at one and five minutes old and at ten minutes if necessary.  It is usually done without you even realizing it.  A nurse will assess your baby at one minute old, often just visually, and assign a score from 0-10 points.  She will do the same at...

Birth Plan? You can’t “plan” birth!

True.  The baby is the only one with a “plan” and everyone else follows along, doing their best to keep up.  Some birth professionals claim that a patient with a birth plan has a ticket straight to the O.R. for a Cesarean delivery.  Others say the patients with birth...

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