"OHMYGODIWANTTOPUUUUUUUSH!!!!" This was Zoey's second baby and second planned home birth. She was 37 years old, had an uncomplicated pregnancy, and had been in fairly meandering labor - contractions maybe 4-5 minutes apart, at their most frequent, since 2 AM. Her last cervical check, at 4 AM, had her at 4 cm. Her sudden announcement… Continue reading The Beautiful and Mysterious Resting Phase
Long Labors, Part 3: Psychosocial Strategies, is a follow-up and final installment to Long Labors, Parts I and 2. Meredith Westin Photography When a client is having a very long labor, I tend to assume mechanical challenges are the direct cause and problem-solve on that basis, first. Many emotional and spiritual forces can arise during… Continue reading Long Labors, Part 3: Psychosocial Strategies
Meredith Westin Photography Long Labors: Part 2 is a follow-up to Long Labors, Part I. We don't need to feel entirely helpless when labor lasts a long time. The following physical strategies can help shift challenging labor patterns and keep a person's strength up: Consider that you may not be in labor at all. Start-and-stop contractions… Continue reading Long Labors: Part 2, Physiologic Strategies
Meredith Westin Photography Last year I had an astounding cluster of long* labors**. We're talking two, three, four days of mother's stated experience of painful contractions, plus one nearly five day induction in the hospital for a medical indication. A couple of the planned out-of-hospital births played out in their intended location. Several transitioned into… Continue reading Long Labors, Part 1: But Why?!
In June 2017 I attended a writer's workshop in which participants were asked: "In UNDER 1000 words, write about a time you overcame a fear. Whether by choice or necessity, write about a time when you were afraid, but took the action anyway, and came out the other side. It doesn't have to be a… Continue reading Writer’s Workshop Birth Story