Friedman’s Curve vs. the Pure Heart Approach to Labor

Friedman’s Curve can be helpful in assessing the progress of labor, but few women perfectly follow any curve. Sometimes the “pure heart formula” is the midwife’s best tool in supporting a woman during labor.
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About Author: Sandra K. Stine Tallbear

Sandra K. Stine Tallbear is a 1993 graduate of the UCSF Midwifery program. She has supported families at home and in birth centers since 2004 and has helped to keep birth normal in the hospital since 2002. Sandra is a NARM preceptor, mother, grandmother, and wife.

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