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.

Birth Challenges, Research

The gentle cesarean

What if I told you it was possible to have a hospital where the staff overwhelming supported the idea of a gentle cesarean for women who needed surgical birth? This hospital achieved it.1  The researchers surveyed all professionals who work in labor

Birth Challenges

Overcoming Sudden Fear during Labor

Begin by assessing the situation. What recently happened that may have affected the mother? What has changed? What information did she just receive? Once you understand what the mother may be struggling with, begin reassuring her and encouraging her in the opposite

Birth Challenges, Birth Planning

Am I ready to be induced?

If you decide it is best for your baby to be born right away, your chances of a successful induction will be dependent on your body’s readiness for labor. A woman with a “ripe” cervix is more likely to be successful at

Birth Challenges, Birth Planning

Is your baby transverse?

The most common position for a baby to be in during labor is called the vertex, or head down position. A transverse baby is shoulder or back down, lying sideways across the abdomen. Transverse lie occurs in only 1 out of 2,500

Birth Challenges

What is failure to progress?

Many caregivers use the set standard of 1 cm dilation per hour in labor to be the normal course of a labor. If a woman is taking longer than this time she is considered to have a slow labor.