Hiking as a Metaphor for Labor and Birth

Hiking as a Metaphor for Labor and Birth

I love to hike and every Monday, unless I have an imminent birth due, I am lucky enough to be able to do challenging hikes with a small group of girlfriends.  One Monday last fall however, no one could make it and so just my trusty dog, Oscar and I set out on our own.  It was raining and a little cold and I soon started to realize that without the support of my friends, the next few hours were going to be a challenge for me.

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When the best labor support is doing nothing

When the best labor support is doing nothing

The hardest thing for a partner to do when they see their partner in pain is to give them space and ‘do nothing’.  Now when I say ‘do nothing’ you are really doing what is needed right then.  Here are some things to consider in the birthing room.

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