Physiologic Labor

Work with your body in childbirth

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 a 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.

Physiologic Labor

Students underestmate blood loss

Remember last week when I lamented that no one pays enough attention to communication skills? I’m excited to share this paper with you because it shows that at least someone is paying attention to the “hands on” skills acquisition. Unfortunately, the evidence

Physiologic Labor

Slow dilation is normal

Here’s more evidence the normal rate of dilation is not 1 cm/hour.  Add it to your stacks of evidence in case anyone suggests otherwise. Progression of the first stage of spontaneous labour: A prospective cohort study in two sub-Saharan African countries1 1.

Physiologic Labor

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

Physiologic Labor

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