My journey to truly woman-centered birthing has been a gradual one. Like so many women in the US, my birth history isn’t without disappointment. My first labor ended in the operating room, far from the drug-free labor my husband and I had prepared for. During my second pregnancy I joined the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), learned about the impact of fetal position on labor and delivery, changed obstetricians and fought for and had a drug-free hospital VBAC.
Laura Thompson Shive
Laura Thompson Shive is wife to Mark and mother to Gavin, Bella and Olivia. She is a writer and a natural birthing advocate and is a member of ICAN and a charter member of Pennsylvania Families for Safe Birth.