Articles

How To Speed Up Early Labor

By Lauralyn Curtis

Practice labor is a vital part of the birth process! Don’t try to force it into becoming active labor. Your body knows best. Your cervix is softening, your hormones are changing, and your baby is rotating into the best position for birth.

Judging Birth

By Rachel Reed

Whether you are a quiet, breathing birther, or a loud and wild birther – you are equally, but differently amazing. Midwives need to learn to distinguish between a woman who is expressing her wild birthing instincts, from a woman who genuinely needs reassurance and calming. Talking with her before birth about what she will say if she really does need ‘help’ can be useful. In addition make sure she knows that you will not judge anything she says or does during labour.

The Win-Win Birth Plan

By Penny Simkin

Preparing a birth plan requires time, thought, and information gathering. You should get input from your caregiver before you prepare the final version. By the time you have finished, you should have a fairly complete picture of what you can expect in terms of your care during childbirth and immediately afterwards.

Ideas for the Best Planned Cesarean Possible

By Penny Simkin

There are many possible options for a cesarean birth. Some are personal touches and personal self-care measures that will improve your satisfaction and self-confidence. Others are measures that involve the support of the hospital staff and your doctors.

The Birth Doula’s Role in Maternity Care

By Penny Simkin

Women have complex needs during childbirth. In addition to the safety of modern obstetrical care, and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.

How do I choose the right birth care provider?

By Lauralyn Curtis

A good, comprehensive childbirth education course will help you navigate these decisions confidently, without imposing a dogmatic bias about what type of birth is best. The best birth is the one that is safe, healthy and joyful for you and your baby. Don’t necessarily allow yourself to be swayed by what your best friend or your mom or your college roommate thinks is right.

How to induce labor naturally: Learn the ROPEs

By Lauralyn Curtis

There are four main hormones that govern the process of labor and birth: Relaxin, Oxytocin, Prostaglandins, and Endorphins. We want to encourage mom’s body to produce these hormones in order to help labor begin naturally, making birth as easy and safe as possible.

Active Birth Manifesto

By Janet Balaskas

The Active Birth Manifesto was completed by Janet for the Birth Rights Rally in London in 1982. This was a demonstration in North London, organised by the Active Birth Movement to support women’s right to freedom of movement and the use of upright positions in our maternity services. The manifesto remains the definitive document on Active Birth and although Active Birth is now widely applied and is a well known generic term, its principles have yet to be fully implemented.

Selfish Women and their Silly Birth Experiences

By Cristen Pascucci

Simply by virtue of being human beings, women matter. We deserve respect, compassion, and kindness in birth, because we are human beings. But let’s not forget that greatest of responsibilities given to us as mothers: we are guardians of our babies. In pregnancy and birth, what happens to us happens to our babies.