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I have taught Childbirth Classes for over 5 years and have been welcomed to over 50 births, this is my passion. I started my life journey as a nurse at a local OB office and my first Birth that she took me to was on Feburary 14th 2003. The mother did it natural with out any sort of interventions and I was at totaly amazement. I know from that moment in my life that I wanted to be part of this.......I wanted women to birth WITHOUT fear. Over the years the rate of medical interventions and pain management has grown to 90%. This is crazy and blowes my mind. Here is an article form the NIC describing what birth is all about. Please read and educate yourself. We are ranked 43 in the care for maternal and newborn care. Take charge of your birth!!!
What happens in birth
In the last month of pregnancy, the cervix softens and ripens like a piece of fruit. Contractions of the uterus become noticeable, and the baby settles into the pelvis. The contractions become stronger, the cervix stretches and opens, and the baby moves lower and rotates, eventually moving down the birth canal. With each contraction, pain sends a signal to the brain and oxytocin is released. With the release of oxytocin, the contractions increase in intensity. As the pain of contractions increases, more oxytocin is released and the contractions become harder.
In a very real sense, the pain of each contraction becomes a guide for the laboring woman.