The first stage of labor is divided into three phases: early labor, active labor, and transition. In the first stage of labor the body works to efface and dilate the cervix. In this blog, we go over each stage of labor, while also touching on the comfort measures to help you prepare! Be sure to keep following our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
Why is your birth environment important? What are the elements you should think about for your labor and birth? Learn about many of the elements and what to expect in our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
Your body and your baby have an intrinsic knowledge of each other and innately know how to work together to make birth happen. It is through the process of the seven cardinal movements that the your baby and body move together to help you meet your baby. Read more to learn about each movement!
Labor brings many behaviors and emotions through each stage! Learn about what to expect in our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
The anatomy of women is so uniquely designed to carry and birth your baby! Learn about each of the elements in our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
One of the most important things you can do as an expecting mother is research! Researching in pregnancy can prepare you for your labor, birth and postpartum options. Birth comes with many unknowns - how will labor go, is induction necessary, what should be eaten in labor, will interventions become necessary, and so much more!
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit is a drug-free option used during labor to help bring pain relief. The TENS unit works by sending electrical nerve stimulation through the electrodes, which produces a tingling sensation to help reduce the intensity of the contraction. TENS unit allows a laboring mother to remain active and upright—you can labor with a TENS unit in any position you want!
When a baby is on the way, there is a long list of necessary, fun, and adorable things to purchase in preparation for their arrival. From nipple cream and nursery decor to organizational totes and doctor bills, the cost can really begin to add up!
During pregnancy, the mother’s doctor or midwife cares for both mother and baby. With so much focus and excitement being placed on the prenatal appointments, it can be easy to overlook one of the most important tasks that you will accomplish as an expectant mother: choosing a quality, post-birth healthcare provider for your baby!
Giving birth is one of the most monumental moments in your life, and creating a birth plan is an important piece in preparing for the birth experience that you desire. To create a birth plan, take time to consider and learn about the many aspects that can play a role in your birth and collect your thoughts, needs, and desires as you go. Whether you end up with a detailed 3-page bulletin or a simple overview sketch, making a birth plan will have a significant impact on your birthing experience.
As expectant mothers are being increasingly drawn to learn more about the wide variety of birthing options and labor techniques, more and more out-of-hospital childbirth classes are being offered. With so many different types of childbirth courses available in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this can leave you feeling overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the one that is right for you and your baby.
When Nick and I found out we were pregnant, we knew nothing about pregnancy or birth. It was an overwhelming, exciting, but very scary moment. I immediately had so many questions, but we would have to wait almost a month before we would see our doctor for an ultrasound. Nick’s favorite that I asked was “Can I still take a hot shower?” In my defense, I like super hot showers, so it only made sense to make sure! But from the beginning of the journey into pregnancy and birth, everything you know changes, even yourself.