Unconventional Progress

A while ago, I wrote a blog post on the Emotional Map of Labor. I recently witnessed the usefulness of this information in action at a birth. Mom’s labor pattern went like this:

Early labor – 4 cm: about 5 hours (excited)

4cm-5cm: about 10 hours (still excited, and a bit anxious)

5cm- birth: about 1 hour (serious to self-doubt to pushing, all rather quickly)

Amazing! It just goes to show that “irregular” rates of progress doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s anything wrong- it just means that mom’s body reacts as an individual would to different scenarios- tiredness, baby’s positioning, mom’s positioning and movement, etc. If a mom like this one had relied on the averages to determine progress, she would have received the label “failure to progress” halfway through her labor.

Just another example of needing to be patient and trust the mother, not the textbooks.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: