Among the common text questions I get, is "What can I/my friend do to get labor started?"
The answer I want to give: Wait.
My_theory is that here is nothing you can do that is going to start labor if the baby isn't ready.
This is a question that came up in class on Friday evening. I thought it would be great to answer it as a Q&A today:
Here is summary of the info:
Anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour could be considered range of normal as long as mom is doing well and not losing too much blood (<2 liters).
Amniotomy, also known as Artificial Rupture of the Membranes
(AROM) is the surgical rupture of fetal membranes to induce or expedite labor.
Amniotomy is used to start or speed up contractions and,
as a result, shorten the length of labour.
Artificial rupture of the amniotic membranes during labour,
sometimes called amniotomy or ’breaking of the waters’ was introduced in the
mid-eighteenth century, first being described in 1756 by an English
obstetrician, Thomas Denman
It’s birth story day!!
This week I am sharing a birth story from our Fall 2012 class. In today's video, Courtney is talking about her family's birth journey
with our Winter 2012-13 class. Jake was working, so Courtney shares his words of wisdom for coaches, too.
Here is their
- Courtney was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes via blood glucose test
(usually administered between 24 – 28 weeks of pregnancy)
- High Blood Pressure was measured at office visits from 36 weeks on; whenever she checked her blood pressure at home, it was normal
The female form is beautifully made to grow a baby and birth a baby. Birthing wisdom tells us that, in general, Sweet Peas will not grow bigger than the outlet the vessel carrying them can provide.
Another idea that is brought to mind is the analogy that our bodies know how to maintain our heart beat, breathe, digest, and do all the other autonomic functions that keep us alive. All this, without any instruction or direction from us! Why, then, would these miraculous bodies fail us when it comes to childbirth?
A bigger selection of topics today...check out the news if you are "trying" to get pregnant, and more motivation to keep your pregnancy healthy, low-risk and as stress-free as possible. Also, new study from ACOG that shows that there may be risks with the use of Pitocin.
Happy Thursday to all of you!
P.S. I also did an early morning posting of ourWordless Wednesday
from yesterday...the day got away from me! Enjoy a peek into our home as we celebrate the season.FERTILITY
Here are Dr. Bradley’s "Keys to Labor", as per his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth. I love these simple steps – they could almost be considered a “recipe” for
If you follow these steps, you
can figure out if you are in “real” labor.
If you are not, somewhere along these steps, your contractions will fizzle
out. And if they do, mama has eaten
well, slept, and hopefully had a good nap so that you are rested for the next round
of contractions when they begin again.
We saw that one of our mamas from our Fall class is in labor...so exciting! I thought today would be a great day to share these instructions Dr. Bradley left for laboring mothers in his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth.
Here is a written version:
Here is a visual version:
I hope that one of them will be a great reminder for what you can do to have the energy you need to see your labor through from beginning to end when it's your turn. I will write more about the principles behind these bullet points tomorrow :)
Did you know that there is a national organization advocating
evidence-based care and humanity in childbirth?
I first became aware of ImprovingBirth.org when they held their first rally
last year. In order to bring awareness
to the maternity health care crisis in our country, the organizers chose the
date of Labor Day for the national event.
This year, they are truly nation-wide – there is at least one rally planned in all
50 states, and as of today, it looks like they are up to eight international locations.