AROM, birth center, birth team, Cervical Checks, cervical dilation, Degrees of vaginal lacerations, Epidural, Episiotomy, Failure to Progress, Fear, Fetal Malposition, First Baby, Home Birth, hospital birth, Labial tears, Labor, Long hours, Long Labor, Midwife, Midwife's Assistant, Newborn, Nurse, OB, optimal fetal positioning, Patient Safety, start-and-stop contractions, Trauma, trauma informed care, Vaginal Exam

November 2nd, 2019: LABORING TOGETHER

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

AROM, Cervical Checks, Epidural, Failure to Progress, Fear, Fetal Malposition, First Baby, Home Birth, Labor, Long Labor, Midwife, Midwife's Assistant, optimal fetal positioning, start-and-stop contractions, Vaginal Exam

Long Labors: Part 2, Physiologic 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

Cervical Checks, Failure to Progress, Fear, Fetal Malposition, First Baby, Home Birth, Labor, Long Labor, Midwife, Vaginal Exam

Long Labors, Part 1: But Why?!

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?!