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Understanding The Secrets To Normal Labour & Natural Birth
So very often when talking with a first-time mum-to-be about Childbirth, their focus is all about the Birth, being somewhat still unaware of the enormity that before a birth, is the labour. That is why, as midwives, we refer to the event as Labour & Birth. (Labour is the cervix dilatating stage, and Birth is the pushing stage – and of course there is also a third stage, the AfterBirth being the Placenta).
Labour is called Labour, because it is laborious. And for a new mum, reflecting retrospectively after the birth, there is nearly always a blown-away awesome respect of just what LABOUR entailed … a “I had no idea” reaction. And for most first-timers, Labour takes about three nights: Two overnights of Latent Labour, then the third night establishing into Active Labour. Sometimes quicker. Sometimes longer.
Bearing in mind advice from your midwife/obstetrician, Labour is about trusting your Body (and doing so can oftentimes be a real ‘first’ in a woman’s life, after years of trying to control her body). But your body has the collective history of millions of years evolving and knows how to do the primary life function of childbirth. So trust Mother Nature’s process – she has billions of women going before you.
Love & Light,