Birth Challenges

Fast Labor

A Fast Labor, also known as a precipitous birth, is a labor that lasts less than three hours. A fast labor is not an emergency situation since generally a fast labor means everything is working perfectly.

Birth Challenges

Feeling Discouraged during Labor

A discouraged mother has lost her enthusiasm and desire to give birth naturally. She may feel depressed or defeated. A mother who is fatigued during labor may be more likely to become discouraged. In labor, a mother may become discouraged if she

Birth Challenges

Abuse Survivors and Childbirth

While a history of abuse is not a challenge caused by labor, it can make labor more challenging. The following is an interview with a reader who chose to share her story so others may be better prepared.

Preparation Exercises

Identifying Fears of Labor and Childbirth

In this exercise you will begin to work through some of the feelings you have about childbirth. You will need to think about how you talk about childbirth and how that relates to your understanding of the childbirth process. You will also

Preparation Exercises

Emotions During Labor

Women report feeling everything from a pleasurable birth to an excruciating birth. No one can tell you what labor is going to feel like to you. This is partially because no one can tell you how fast or slow or difficult your