Labor and Delivery


Yes, let’s look at some. Braxton Hicks contractions increase and become more regular. Mucus discharge will increase. The “bloody show” or pinkish glob of mucus may appear. Bowel movements (soft) will increase.

This can be confusing sometimes, even if they have had children before. Here are some typical signs, but remember, not every one is always the same.

True Labor

  • Regular contractions
  • Contractions intensify
  • Exceed 30-60 seconds
  • Grow closer together
  • Felt in back & lower front
  • Do not cease with position change or activity
  • Hot baths or sleep will not stop contractions
  • Lose mucus plug (pink show)
  • Effacement & dilation

False Labor

  • Irregular contractions
  • Contractions do not intensify
  • Contractions rarely exceed 60 seconds
  • Do not get closer together
  • Mostly felt in front and high
  • May cease with position change or activity
  • Hot baths or sleep usually stop contractions
  • Usually do not lose mucus plug
  • Minimal cervical change

Yes, sometimes, but this is rare.

In the hospital it may be preferred due to the monitors that are hooked up to the patient. However, you will find in Exodus 1:15-18 that the Hebrew women delivered quicker and easier. They were using birthing stools. This is like squatting with support. It is less painful because of the upright position, and gravity is in the patient’s favor. The cervix dilates quicker, and helps the pelvis open up wider.

No. Very rarely, if ever, are they necessary in a homebirth. By using (olive) oil massage on the perineum, combined with hydrotherapy and controlled pushing, tears can be generally avoided.

No anesthesia is generally available, but wonderful comfort measures may be employed, such as warm baths, hydrotherapy (the use of warm moist towels), massage, and walking. In addition, the patient may stay well hydrated and rest when she wants. That will help keep her energy level and pain tolerance up.

The pelvic joints are greatly influenced during pregnancy due to the hormones progesterone and relaxin which increase flexibility of the sacroiliac joints and the symphysis pubis to open greatly during labor. This allows the baby to pass through the birth canal.

There is the 3rd stage of labor, the expulsion of the placenta. By nursing her baby, a natural oxytocin is released which will cause the uterus to contract, which releases the placenta. The uterus will begin to go back to its normal size, a process called uterine involution.

A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

John 16:21

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