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Care providers are there to spot emergencies. Care providers are there to monitor labor. It is up to your care provider to know and to communicate with you whether things are going great or not great. Lets just forget about the care providers for a second because women, parents, need tools. You can check in with yourself. You can take a break from all the poking and prodding, BP readings, vaginal exams, and worrying. There is a way to have confidence in yourself and in your labor without all of that. You can use Birth’s secret confidence formula. Knowledge is power.
Labor hurts, labor is hard, labor makes you feel like you might die. The pain is scary, the not knowing is scary. The good news is that there is a very simple and basic way of checking in on your own labor. You can know if you are doing okay or if there is a problem. It does not require the use of any special skills. Knowing this is the special skill! Use this information as a helpful tool and guide. Hold it in your heart and soul as your labor progresses. It is your secret confidence formula to help you through when you are scared, it hurts, and you don’t know if you can go on.
How to tell if labor is going okay/if there is a problem
As long as you are able to eat and drink by yourself AND as long as you are able to communicate with your birth partners you are doing great keep going! If you can not eat or drink by yourself or communicate you are compromised. There it is. Birth’s secret confidence formula. Use it in your birth. Know you are doing great.