Birth Preparation: How to Choose the Best Class for You

As you prepare to welcome a new baby into your nest, you’ve probably got a running checklist of all the things you need to do before the big day—set up the nursery, pack your bags (for a hospital birth), prep the birth space (for a home birth), schedule prenatal meetings with your doula, and so forth.

I suspect that somewhere on that list is also “Take A Birth Prep Class,” and if so, great! This blog post is for you.

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Failure To Progress: What Is It, Anyways?

For a long time, “failure to progress” was determined based on “Friedman’s Curve,” a graph which outlined the “appropriate” length and pace of labor for both first-time and second-time (or more) birthing women. According to Friedman’s curve, during a first-time labor the cervix should take no more than 14 hours to dilate from zero to ten centimeters, and an experienced mom’s cervix should take no more than 8 hours to make the same progress.

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Elizabeth Gomez
What You Need to Know About Your Cervix

Starting around your 36th week of pregnancy, your provider may begin offering to perform cervical checks at each of your final appointments to asses your cervical progress.

Now, when I say that, you’re probably automatically thinking of numbers between 1-10cm, am I right?

But cervical dilation is not the only way your cervix changes as your body prepares to bring your baby into the world.


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