Moment of Truth
My moment of truth occured in 1978 at age 18 when I worked with several certified nurse midwives at a Natural Childbirthing Center in Douglasville Georgia. I was taught that birth was normal and when left undisturbed one may even describe as beautiful.
I learned that being WITH women in labor did not mean exams every three hours, it meant observing signs of the different stages.
Latent: contractions ceased after water immersion.
Active: sweat noted on upper lip and forehead.
Transition: Uncontrollable shaking.
Midwifery care was not synonomous with interventions; it was synonymous with being present......