Your joints, hips, and pelvis relax and open Ligaments soften Baby may drop deeper into your pelvis Other signs: › Loose stool, more mucus discharge or cramping Reminder: Everyone’s body is different so there can be varying signs of pre-labor. Know your body and listen to it.
Warm-up or Pre-labor Stage 1- Latent Stage › Dilate 4-5cm › Contractions are short (5-20min apart) › pain stronger › Not time to go to hospital/birthing center Active Phase › Contractions last 45-60 seconds › More intense › Time to gather support people and go to hospital/birthing center Transition Phase Stage 2 – Pushing/ Giving Birth Stage 3 – Delivery of Placenta Stage 4 – Recovery › There is a great chart in the book that discusses how long each stage lasts, dilation of cervix, pain, and other things that may happen during each stage.
Movement, position, and Rhythm › Walking, swaying, lunging, moving on birthing ball, and dancing Comfort water › Found to relax both mother and baby reducing mothers pain Breathing › Concentrating on your breath can relax muscles and get rid of tension Hypnosis Touch › Touch is powerful and can reduce anxiety
Heat and Cold Either can be soothing on the back or abdomen Medications › Not available in outside of hospital births › Usually a narcotic Injectable or Intravenous Opioids › Morphine, Demerol, etc Epidurals and Spinals › Used to numb from the waste down › Epidurals is a catheter placed into the epidural space of spine › Spinal is a one time injection into the spinal cord
› Two ways to give birth Vaginal Cesarean section More intense contractions start 10cm dilated Most women start to help by pushing to push the baby through the vagina There are times when pushing does not work and assistance is needed from vacuum extractor or forceps
Birth by Cesarean section › Surgical removal of baby by an incision in the lower belly region › Certain circumstances like position of baby is wrong, or health complications of mother or baby Delivery of placenta › Completes birthing process › Must naturally come out of your body provider should not pull it out
Because everyone’s bodies are so different to you believe that anyone can be fully prepared to give birth?