As childbirth educators, we know how important it can be to have a loved one be a supportive and engaged participant in the labor and birth process. Educators can drop in little activities to help foster that connection. Here are six ideas to try in class.
Tanya Strusberg interviews Dr. Rachel Reed, author of "Why Induction Matters" and The Midwife Thinking Blog about the impact of induction on people's birth experiences today.
"Effect of Immediate vs Delayed Pushing on Rates of Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery Among Nulliparous Women Receiving Neuraxial Analgesia: A Randomized Clinical Trial" - a deeper dive to see if its conclusions hold up to closer scrutiny.
This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators post is all about positions that a laboring person can use during the first stage (labor) part of birth. Learn about UFOs for labor (upright, forward-leaning and open) in this class activity.
This class activity is the perfect opportunity for partners to develop a deeper understanding of how the birthing person might be feeling and be ready with a helpful response when they say something unexpected. Try it out!