As a doula, I’ve been at many births where moms have faced a variety of labor challenges. At some of these births, care providers simply told the mom without discussion, “This is what we need to do.” With others, the moms were always given the opportunity to make, and own, the decision--even in situations where perhaps there was only one option left to choose. For many women, participating in the decision process helps them accept situations that the did not expect or choose.
One of the perks of unmedicated, natural delivery is babies who are born alert, responsive and ready to take it all in, like this little one.
Pregnancy is a state that puts new strains and pressures on every part of our body, including our pelvic floor. For most women, the pelvic floor is a part of our body we don't think about until it stops working or until we have to push a human through it. I highly recommend you take some time to listen to this fantastic podcast discussing how we can all support healthy function of our pelvic floor through pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Some of the topics covered are Kegels or no Kegels, squatting and how to do it right, and the reason you should stop wearing all shoes with heels.
Doula, mother, crunchy minimalist, Christ follower.