Photo by Drew Hays
With birth stories to illustrate her points, Sister MorningStar discusses variations in pushing times and why we need to stop trying to manage birth.
Read more…. Time to Push! Who Says So?
This article covers whether there are adverse effects related to the duration of pushing and how pushing should actually be defined.
Read more…. Second Stage of Labor: Does Pushing Too Long Cause Infant Problems?
Photos by Dianne Cook
My first pregnancy was low risk. I planned a homebirth with a skilled midwife. As a labor and delivery nurse, I knew full well all my options. My husband and I felt that having the baby at home was the best choice for us. Labor started at exactly 40 weeks. I was fully dilated and… Read more…. Healing from a Homebirth Turned Cesarean
Photo by Pattie O’Loughlin
I have been asked to write about the first stage of labor and I will, I promise. However, this topic cannot be discussed without also talking about related matters, so please bear with me as we travel in and out from 1 cm to the big 10 (or, in the case of a breech baby, 11!).
Read more…. Leaving the Farmhouse: Musings on the First Stage of Labor
For a long time, many women have noticed that they are not as mentally sharp as usual at the end of their pregnancies. They mention anecdotes of memory loss and, occasionally, poor concentration. Their topics of interest become different. Their need for socialization may be reduced and reoriented.
Read more…. Preliminary Phase of Labor: What Does It Mean?
A humorous, sad, and interesting story about a variety of births.
Read more…. Amazing Birth
Photo by Ryan Franco
A great discussion of the incredible uterus.
Read more…. The Uterus in Birth
This interesting article discusses how the modern style of birthing on the back fails to account for the role of the clitoris in labor, as well as leading to more birth injuries.
Read more…. The Clitoris in Labour
Elizabeth Davis shares more on the interconnection between birth, orgasm and the sexual nature of women.
Read more…. Labor Plateaus and Our Sexual Nature
One in three women in the US has experience childhood sexual abuse. This article provides information key to supporting these women during all parts of the childbearing year. Read more…. Supporting Sexual Abuse Survivors in Childbirth
Continuity of care, with the same care provider, can dramatically improve a woman’s pregnancy and birth experience, her recovery, and her ability to successfully process her birth journey. Deep bonds of empathy, mutual respect, and emotional safety can develop between the birthing woman and her birth attendant. These qualities, though rarely measured, enable and empower a woman to delve into the depths of her strength, self-reliance, and independence. This care-giving-and-receiving relationship, founded on trust and honesty, is an ideal model. It is profoundly satisfying, as a care provider, to experience what it means to be “with woman.” When we emphasize the importance of being present with a client—connecting, listening, and relating—we promote quality relationships and focus on key concepts in the context of a positive birth experience. Read more…. Learning to Trust Birth through Continuity of Care