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| What is the role of fathers in pregnancy and birth? |
Learn about this topic when you read Midwifery Today Issue 51 You'll find eleven articles about fathers' involvement in birth, including
- A Father's Point of View
- A Note to Fathers
- Caught Off Guard: One Father's Memories
- Is the Participation of the Father at Birth Dangerous?
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"I told my dads that they were their partner's lover and that their most important role at the birth was one they did everyday without classes, books or practice: Loving the mom. You could literally see the dads relax as this thought sunk in and took root."
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Using Positive Language
The language you choose is important. Touch is important, too, but first ask the woman if she is comfortable with it. At the first exam, tell the woman, "Everything is going so wellyour body is perfect!" Use positive language and constant encouragement. Be absolutely real with her.
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| "Managing" Labor |
I was talking with my dear friend, Carol Gautschi, who is a very experienced midwife. We were talking about how to make hospital birth better and more physiologicalmore like homebirth. Carol was pondering the following question that she'd read on an online medical board referring to improving hospital practices and making the hospital more like home for laboring women: "What should be the management? What are the obstacles to doing this?" As we discussed this I said, "First of all, the word 'management' needs to be gotten rid of. You can't 'manage' labor." Carol replied that this is exactly what she'd written on the online discussion board. I was thrilled that we had both used the same concept of "you don't manage labor."
Here is what Carol had to say to the other birth professionals discussing this issue:
I believe most of the obstacles will be not managing their (the laboring mothers') care, and allowing them their space, to a degree, to unfold to the processes of birth by themselves. Start with amazing prenatal care, with awareness on how that builds a foundation for the crescendo of birth. Have guidance that explicitly helps practitioners recognize the woman's ability to give to birth. [Hospital birth professionals will need to] have belief, patience and intuitive artistry, which is not as easily accomplished in an institutional setting. I think if we all work hard enough in allowing a paradigm shift to occur, it is very doable.
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Jan Tritten, mother of Midwifery Today
Jan Tritten is the founder, editor-in-chief and mother of Midwifery Today magazine. She became a midwife in 1977 after the amazing homebirth of her second daughter. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world. Meet Jan at our conferences around the world, or join her online, as she works to transform birth practices around the world.
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Following C-section, Immediate Skin-to-skin Contact Between Baby and Parents Fosters Earlier Vocal Interaction
Researchers in Sweden have found another benefit to immediate, skin-to-skin contact between an infant and its parents following an elective c-section.
The Swedish researchers studied a total of 37 healthy infants born to first-time mothers in a Stockholm, Sweden hospital, who were exposed to 30 minutes of skin-to-skin contact with either the mother or father after a 5-minute period of skin-to-skin contact with just the mother immediately following an elective c-section. The study was published in the September 2010 issue of the perinatal care journal, Birth. "When placed in skin-to-skin contact and exposed to the parents' speech, the infants initiated communication with soliciting calls with the parents within approximately 15 minutes after birth," the researchers noted in their conclusions.
The authors, who were researching early vocal interaction in conjunction with a larger study on parent-infant interaction following a c-section, concluded that, "these findings give reason to encourage parents to keep the newborn in skin-to-skin contact after cesarean section, to support the early onset of the first vocal communication."
Velandia, M., et al. 2010. Onset of Vocal Interaction between Parents and Newborns in Skin-to-Skin Contact Immediately After Elective Cesarean Section. Birth 37(3): 192201.
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Nearly 70 years ago, Grantly Dick-Read wrote in Childbirth without Fear that laboring women often experience a cycle of: Fear > Tension > Pain. This is a cycle with which many of us are familiar, and we've developed a myriad of ways to break the cycle since Dick-Read first published his seminal work in 1942. However, less attention has been focused on the emotional roller-coaster fathers experience throughout pregnancy and birth, and it's this area that I'd like to explore in greater depth.
Although a man cannot feel the same pain as a laboring woman, I believe that many men experience a similar cycle of emotions in the birthing space to that which Dick-Read described, with a slightly different end product, namely: Fear > Tension > Panic. A man who is not confident in his partner's birthing abilities, who is poorly informed, and/or who is poorly supported, becomes increasingly tense; and if this tension is not eased, then he spirals into an irreversible state of panic. This panic manifests differently in different men: some men become paralyzed by their fear (the familiar specter of the terrified dad sitting stock-still at the foot of the bed), while others spring into hyperactivity, bringing endless cups of water or becoming obsessively concerned with the temperature of the birth pool.
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Excerpted from "Beyond Fear, Tension and Panic: Helping Men Enjoy the Birth Experience," Midwifery Today, Issue 95
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Author Leah Hazard is the author of The Father's Home Birth Handbook. For more information, visit www.homebirthbook.com .
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Q: I recently had a mom with a Bandl's ring just above the cervix, which held the baby up high and would close to 5 cm with a strong contraction. [Editor's note: A Bandl's ring is an atypical thickening of the normal retraction ring that occurs during an obstructed labor. If a Bandl's ring is palpable abdominally, it is a sign of imminent uterine rupture.] She had to have a c-section. My question is: Will this repeat with another pregnancy? This was her sixth pregnancy, but the first time she has had a Bandl's ring. Has anyone had experience with a mother who has had a pregnancy after having had a Bandl's ring during a previous labor?
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