Stages of Labor : First Stage Labor Transition Activities

Stages of Labor  : First Stage Labor Transition Activities


So this is what to do when you’re in transition.
As for the support person, guess what? Support, that’s a really, really important thing. This
is when women want to give up, they want to be done, they want the epidural and they want
the baby out no matter how it’s gotten out. But they’re almost at the pushing stage so
they can make it through without the epidural if they’ve made it to this part. For women,
get in whatever position works for you. Usually squatting, and kneeling and leaning seem to,
seem to be the most effective. Also partners need to continue the comfort measures that
we already talked about. Breathing, relaxing, massaging, visualization, anything at all.
Probably breathing is going to be the best. You want to make sure that you’re not talking
at this point to the woman. Let her do what she needs to do and just help her if she needs
help. Remind her to open up though, remind her to release because this is the very last
part. Her cervix just has a tiny bit more to open up, it just has a tiny bit more to
efface. The baby just has a tiny bit more to drop and then everything is in place for
pushing. So remind her to just release, surrender, there’s nothing she needs to do except let
labor take over. You also want to be very positive, remind her what a great job she’s
doing. Remind her that she’s almost there. Every single person can handle a moment of
pain and this pain is temporary, and it’s going to be gone soon and in the place is
going to be a baby in your arms. So you want to keep her focused on why she’s going through
this and why she’s feeling this. So these are all things that you can do to help ease
transition.

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