Physiologic Labor, Research

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”),

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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What is pre-labor?

The process of childbirth, for all practical purposes, starts weeks before you feel your first contraction. Your body will be preparing for the upcoming event in several ways you may or may not notice. Even if you do not recognize these events,

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The Placenta

After your baby is out, your uterus will continue to contract as it begins to work its way back to normal size. As the uterus shrinks, the placenta becomes detached from the uterine wall and is forced down towards the cervix and

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What is Early Labor Like?

After a few hours, days or weeks of pre-labor contractions, your body will begin to have rhythmic contractions that seem “different” to you. After a few hours you may realize that the contractions are becoming longer and stronger, and they are happening

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Managing Active Labor

During active labor, mothers find that changing their activity and position as desired helps them to remain comfortable. This may be due to two factors. First, it prevents over stressing one or two muscle groups by varying the way you hold your