Some labors seem to take forever to get started! Contractions may come and go for many hours or even days before the cervix begins to open. This type of labor is oftentimes more discouraging and tiring than it is painful. Before a cervix can dilate, it must move forward, soften and thin. This most often takes place in the weeks prior to labor, but sometimes it happens only when the contractions are felt, causing the mother to consider herself to be in labor a little longer. (more…)
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There are things an expectant mother can to to help prepare herself for natural childbirth. Learn how journaling, self-hypnosis, perineal massage, and other techniques can help.
“I am in awe of anyone who gives birth without drugs. I don’t know how you do it!” – Kim Cohen, a new mother who received an epidural during labor
A woman’s uterus is beautifully equipped to push a baby out without chemical assistance. Yet 75-90% of American women today receive painkillers during childbirth. Many hospitals even consider epidurals routine in the practice of labor and delivery. (more…)