I am currently preparing to take the midwifery certification exam.  Today I was reviewing intrapartum and was struck with the strange realization that I was on the “other” side of the fence. When I first trained as a childbirth educator, I had it drilled into me that time limits in labor were arbitrary. Because they were arbitrary, they were useless.  Story after story in the natural birth web sphere seemed to prove this philosophy. Doula’s and childbirth educators shared tips on how to know if the time limit you were given was real, or just or convenience. Friedman was blamed for the problem with his 1Read More →