You know what’s super fun as a midwife? Watching both parents work as a team to meet their baby. The laboring person tells us what they need. The partner shows up creatively and intentionally, despite being nervous or feeling a little lost. Laboring Together is a specialized intensive for couples who desire an unmedicated birth… Continue reading November 2nd, 2019: LABORING TOGETHER
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?!