Category «Physiologic Labor»

Understand the process of childbirth.

Unnecessary Pain during Childbirth

There are things women do during labor that actually cause the pain to be intensified. Unfortunately, many women do not know what these things are. Understanding how they affect your labor can help you in preventing labor pain. Tension If you are skeptical of this, try it while you labor. During one contraction, do whatever …

Sources of Pain during Labor

At the most basic level, labor is a physiological process the mother completes to get her child out of her body and into her arms. As such, there are a wide variety of factors that contribute to the way this physiological process feels to the mother and how she perceives the sensations. To help you …

Research on Pain in Childbirth

Hodnett ED. Home-like versus conventional institutional settings for birth (Cochrane Review) In this review, Hodnett found that a home-like setting for a birth center was associated with lower rates of intrapartum analgesia/anaesthesia (pain medication), augmented labour (using pitocin to “speed things up”), and operative delivery (cesarean surgery) , as well as greater satisfaction with care. …

How painful is labor?

There is an expectation among modern women that childbirth is the worst pain you could ever feel. Because of this, women approach childbirth with overwhelming fear of the pain and attempting to remove it all in search of a good birth experience. How painful is childbirth really? Can you have a good birth experience if …

What is Transition?

As the body adjusts to accommodate the last few centimeters of dilation, just before you begin pushing, the hormone levels are so high that you will see undeniable physical signs. Observation of these signs alert you to the fact that you are in transition. Not all women have a transition, in fact 1/3 of women …

What is crowning?

You will first be able to see about a quarters worth of your babies head during pushes, and it will disappear when you stop pushing. Some women find that by reaching down and touching the baby, they are better able to focus their energy for pushing. The baby will seem to take two steps forward …

When is it time to push?

One of the most common questions among first time mothers is, “When will I know it’s time to push?” The most common answer among experienced mothers is, “You’ll just know!” The body is designed to begin pushing when pushing will provide assistance at getting the baby out. Once you have hit transition, you will soon …