Birth Challenges, Comfort Measures

Women don’t choose their labor

In 2000, I first built the Birthing Naturally website. I wanted to provide an internet source of natural childbirth information. I included a list of my birth philosophies on that website and every version since.  Here is the first statement from my

Birth Challenges, Physiologic Labor

A labor curve is NOT a labor management policy

I understand the commenters complaint is not that we have not successfully identified a problem with our labor curve, but that if we just assume you can drop this new labor curve into the existing practice structure (that was built on incorrect assumptions of labor progress) we are making a big mistake.

Birth Challenges, Research

The gentle cesarean

What if I told you it was possible to have a hospital where the staff overwhelming supported the idea of a gentle cesarean for women who needed surgical birth? This hospital achieved it.1  The researchers surveyed all professionals who work in labor

Birth Challenges

Overcoming Sudden Fear during Labor

Begin by assessing the situation. What recently happened that may have affected the mother? What has changed? What information did she just receive? Once you understand what the mother may be struggling with, begin reassuring her and encouraging her in the opposite