The key step to success for doula or other birth businesses is to have a vision for all that you will accomplish.
Black women face more challenges during pregnancy and are more likely to suffer poor birth outcomes than white women in the United States.
It is important that more women of all ethnic backgrounds are able to become childbirth professionals.
New evidence suggests that the active phase of labor does not begin until 6 centimeters.
I understand the need for medication. I experienced labor twice, without medication and still remember the challenging parts.
With each of my labors I got panicky at the end and asked for an epidural. I chose to have both of my children at home with a licensed midwife who does not administer epidurals. I knew that having an epidural during my labor was not possible unless I got into the car and drove to my local hospital. With my first birth, I momentarily thought about it, but as I was in the middle of an intense contraction with back pressure, I could not realistically imagine physically moving my body into the car, so the epidural was out, and I have no regrets. However, if I had given birth at my local hospital I think I would have opted for some form of medication.
Endorphins are a pain reliever produced by your body. Endorphins allow you to tolerate more then you think you can. They are similar to a narcotic such as morphine. As labor progresses and intensifies endorphin levels rise allowing women to cope with labor.