First Stage: The Division of a Labor

Where does the first stage begin and where does it end?

I walk into the house and this particular mother has a history of abuse. I will not be surprised if something during this birth arises from that experience … or doesn’t arise. We have decided as a birth team to arrive one at a time and ease our way into the space, keeping our distance as needed. We are tracking the birth and the effects of our presence. Privacy is a priority even more than usual.

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About Author: Nicole Morales

Nicole Morales, LM, CPM, has a homebirth practice in San Diego. She is a Spinning Babies-approved trainer, a Birthing From Within member, a storyteller, and a mother of three. She is excited to be part of a growing birth community mixing midwifery, body work, and breech birth advocacy.

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