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One mom’s account of her “free range labor” at Giving Birth With Confidence: How One Mom Moved & Grooved Throughout Her Labor
So you’ve just gone through the hardest work of your life, and your baby is finally here. Don’t you want your baby skin-to-skin with you while she adjusts to life outside the womb? Remind your caregivers that your baby is … Continue reading
When left to their own devices, women naturally assume upright positions such as squatting, standing, or kneeling on all fours during the pushing stage. This uses gravity to bring the baby down. When lying on your back, you are actually … Continue reading
For the majority of women, labor progresses well on its own. Unfortunately, most women are subjected to routine interventions that have no clear benefit, but carry significant risks and often lead to the need for further intervention.
One of the most valuable things you can do to have a safe, healthy labor is to be supported by positive influences. You can be confident in laboring with a partner, friend, parent, or sister who is committed to helping … Continue reading
As women designed to give birth, our bodies give amazing feedback during labor’s progress. Following the body’s needs to move around, adopt a more comfortable position, and stay upright optimizes the baby’s progress through the pelvis. In fact, staying confined … Continue reading
The first healthy birth practice is to let labor begin on its own. Although induction is often recommended when there is no medical need, in most cases it’s better to allow your baby and your body to determine the best … Continue reading