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Can you feel a uterine rupture with an epidural?

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Some care providers discourage epidurals in VBAC moms fearing that it will mask the symptoms of uterine rupture (namely abdominal pain) and delay diagnosis resulting in a poor outcome for baby and to a lesser extent, mom  Other care providers suggest or even require VBAC moms to have an epidural so that a [...]

An OB you like or who makes you comfortable isn’t enough

Many women do not interview OBs/midwives when selecting their VBAC care provider.  They either stay with the GYN who has been providing their well-woman care or the same OB who performed their cesarean because they like them.

Women they really believe that if they are good patients, if they are friendly, if they don’t [...]

Neonatal nurse has a homebirth VBAC

This is a great birth story, published with permission, of a woman who had a cesarean for “small pelvis” and then VBACed a larger baby at home!  Since she is a neonatal nurse, it’s interesting to read why she chose HBAC and how she thinks her birth would have gone differently had she labored in [...]

Evidence-Based Practices for the Fetal to Newborn Transition

J Midwifery Womens Health. 2007 May-Jun;52(3):262-72.

Evidence-Based Practices for the Fetal to Newborn Transition 

Abstract Many common care practices during labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period impact the fetal to neonatal transition, including medication used during labor, suctioning protocols, strategies to prevent heat loss, umbilical cord clamping, and use of 100% oxygen for [...]

Nothing risked is nothing gained.

“Nothing risked is nothing gained. The euphoria of conquering your fears and other’s doubts wouldn’t be so powerful if it was an easy, sure thing. Its facing that dragon that makes you a hero, not just slaying it.”

This is so true.  When I was pregnant with my daughter and people found out I was [...]

Birth Without Active Pushing

This is a fascinating read by Jean Sutton.  Here is the link to the full article, below are some passages I found partially interesting….

"To understand real, physiological second stage labour, we must learn about the ‘rhombus of Michaelis’. This is the kite-shaped area of the lower spine that includes the sacrum and three [...]