SROM

SROM

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 a slight trickling of fluid...
Fetal Positioning

Fetal Positioning

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 during labor is the mother’s body getting the baby into an ideal...

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used during labor to enhance any coping plan. As aromatherapy, it is important to cease the use of oils within about an hour of the baby’s birth. Babies are wired to smell their mother, her colostrum, not to smell lavender or peppermint. It...

Length of Labor

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 active labor, generally...

Risks, Benefits, Options

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 understand what will be done and why,...

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