The second stage of labour begins when the woman’s cervix is fully dilated and the body changes focus from preparation to action. During this phase, your baby’s head will move down out of the uterus and into the birth canal. This phase ends with the birth of your baby. Are you wondering what will happen during the second stage of labour? Perhaps you are looking for ways to reduce the likelihood of perineal trauma during your baby’s birth. Do you wonder what you can do to help your body and your baby progress through this stage? This section explores the second stage of labour both when it occurs naturally and when interventions are employed .
Articles on Labour – Second stage
Perineal Warm Packs ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ No Longer By Hannah Dahlen For seven and a half years I have been studying ways to reduce perineal trauma and increase comfort during birth as part of my PhD. It is something as a midwife and a mother that I know is vitally important to helping women begin motherhood in the best way possible. It is one of my great passions in life that women should see birth as triumph and not
Perfecting the Perineum By Hannah Dahlen The perineum is a very important part of a woman’s body and it plays a special role during childbirth. It is the area of skin and muscle found between the vagina and anus. During childbirth it stretches to allow the baby’s head through. As the birth approaches women may worry increasingly about the trauma and pain that might be experienced. They wonder how something as big as a baby’s head can really come
By Jane McCrae I'd like to say a very big thank you to Jane McCrae who is very generous sharing her beautiful images and stories about birth. These photos of a baby in the caul are fasinating. Jane Palmer When I posted 3 images of a baby born with her caul over her face on my Facebook page a few days ago I had no idea the fascination it would stir on an international level. Natalia, my incredibly powerful