2 days ago
Birth is innately hormonal and in labor it’s important not to disturb the environment or person.
There are 5 elements that help to guard and protect both the process and the laboring person and as midwives we do our very best to honor these.
Privacy: when you feel watched or observed it can hinder oxytocin production and slow or stop labor.
Safety: when you feel comfortable and safe your body releases and regulates the hormones of birth more effectively.
Silence: those in the birthing space need to be very conscious that their presence does not interfere: limit conversation and questions. In labor, you need the freedom to make noise and act intuitively.
Darkness: keeping the space dark signals the parasympathetic nervous system to take over. The neocortex (thinking brain) is at rest and the intuitive and involuntary nature of birth takes over.
Warmth: like darkness, warmth helps to avoid adrenaline production and boost oxytocin.
Remember. We are mammals and our physiology craves these elements to birth.
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3 weeks ago
Research shows that whenever midwives are allowed to practice autonomously outcomes are significantly improved. CA is one of only four states that requires physician permission to practice. Let’s change that!!! Link in our bio for you to contact your senator.
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You. Are. Strong. We will remind you if you forget, we will be there to honor your power during birth, to hold space for your fear, and to witness your transformation.
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2 months ago