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?!

Cervical Checks, Fear, Home Birth, Labor, Midwife, Midwife's Assistant

Writer’s Workshop Birth Story

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