Our society has predetermined pregnancy to be a game of dominos, all the pieces already lined up. It is more often than not that the game is set into motion at some point, typically labor, and if the pieces cannot be stopped, the game ends in a traumatic birth experience.
While your birth may not be traumatic, or end in a c-section, it has been found that one medical intervention tends to lead to another. No matter how you feel about your experience, know that this is not ok. Labor should not be intervened with – it is meant to be handled just as the woman’s body handles it.
There is a huge need for medicine – and doctors – when it comes to birthing. But the need lies with pregnancies that are not healthy or normal. But for those with a healthy, low risk pregnancy, there is absolutely no need for medical intervention. Statistically speaking, a low risk pregnancy has a higher chance of ending differently than expected if even one intervention is allowed.
There has been an unfortunate shift in attitudes about pregnancy and birth, taking it from a natural life phase and turning it into a medical condition that needs to be "treated." Continue reading
It seems that the only acceptable vaginal birth is one that follows the not-so-normal bell curve that people assume labor to be defined. You know, the dilating a centimeter an hour, and pushing immediately at 10 centimeters.
I’m sorry to tell you that this is far from true for so many birthing women. There are two reasons that doctors will tell you to expect labor to be around 12 hours. The first reason being the “dilate a centimeter an hour” thing and another 2 hours for pushing. (First time moms push over 2 hours on average, but that includes medicated mothers and unmedicated mothers.) The true reason is that studies show an average birth lasts 12-14 hours in length. But you understand how to average, right? You add all the birth hours up and divide by the amount of mothers in the study(ies). So if the average is 12-14 hours, that means half of women will exceed that number and half will labor for far fewer hours.
In our society, women who do not follow the “normal” pattern are labeled as having ‘complicated labors.’ In all reality, there is no true ‘normal’ for birth, but instead, a normal for each mother and each baby’s birth.
Let’s talk about the two extremes when it comes to timing birth: Prodromal Labor and Precipitous Labor Continue reading
Science has found a way for C-section mothers to pass the good bacteria (typically found in a vaginal birth) to their baby. Continue reading
You are not crazy. Your child is not actually trying to drive you mad right now. There may actually be an answer as to why everything seems to be ‘off’ today.
THE FULL MOON.
You see, we live and move in cycles. Just like the planet we live on, we too are effected by the moon phases. Everyone knows the moon affects the tides, but did you know it also plays a part in the weather? The atmosphere is a fluid, similar to the ocean, and so the moon generates gravitational tides there. They are not as strong as the sun’s pull, but the moon still plays a role in our weather.
Is it coincidence that the woman’s cycle averages the same length as the moon’s full cycle? Is it coincidence that more women go into labor during a full moon than not? Continue reading
The ’24 Hour Window’
The 1950’s and 1960’s was a time in which doctors created the timeframe for women to labor and birth. Once the water broke, women were ‘on the clock.’
For some reason, this outdated tradition has continued to be common practice in hospitals (and birth centers) across the country. For liability purposes, most birth centers cannot extend a woman’s birthing time past 24 hours if her water has broken, although some centers do have longer timeframes. Hospitals, however, are known to give an 18-24 hour window. But why? Does something magically happen after 24 hours?
No. Actually nothing happens.
That’s right. There are no sudden increased risk factors after 24 hours. There is not a medical emergency needing a c-section. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the body that does not start labor immediately after the water has broken naturally.Continue reading
Another topic that most women tend to avoid talking about: Lochia. Hell, most women probably don’t even know the word! Lochia is the bleeding that takes place after giving birth. It doesn’t matter whether you have a medicated vaginal birth, a natural homebirth, or a c-section, you will experience this lovely stage of motherhood. Continue reading