Updated: Mar 8
We live in a society where #birth is viewed as something that needs to be fixed. The raw, powerful, natural essence of #childbirth has lost its authenticity largely due to culture, social media and the medical world. Many moons ago, #birth was led by females of the village/clan, it was a time of celebration and helping this birthing warrior bring new life into our world.
These #birth companions journeyed alongside birthers and observed the way their bodies were behaving - they relied on the movements, sounds, smells and other physical signs that came from birthers, helping them understand at which stage of labour this birthing warrior was in. Very rarely were vaginal examinations (VE) done... in fact, they performed VE when there was a fetal misrepresentation and/or potential complication
Cervical dilation is not the only indicator (or the most accurate) that tells you if your baby is coming or not. You could be 3cm dilated and within the next hour you are 10cm dilated... or you could be fully dilated but the pushing stage does not happen until a couple of hours later. Every birthing body is different, some need more time than others and that's completely fine. How dilated you are, should NOT define your labour progress.
Give birthing warriors a chance to trust their body and their instincts... Let's move away from a #cervicalcentricculture