Getting to Second Stage

The positive presence of the midwife, and her belief in the abilities of the laboring woman, can affect birth outcomes. Carol Gautschi considers the influence of the midwife’s believes and attitudes on labor.
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About Author: Carol Gautschi

Carol Gautschi, CPM, LM, has attended homebirths since 1978 and has worked as a Traditional Holistic Midwife on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula since 1979. For her first 25 years Carol served as an unlicensed midwife. Her teaching style is unique because, in addition to teaching the nuts and bolts of her subject, she emphasizes the unseen (or intuitive) realm of birth. She fosters the importance of the midwife relationship not just with the mom but with the baby. Carol believes that the unseen world is more real than the seen, especially with regard to birth.

Carol trained in California with, among others, Dr. Nial Ettenhausen in the 1970s and early 1980s. She is co-founder of the <!-- -->Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery<!----> (WARM), and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.

Carol is co-founder of the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery (WARM), and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.

She has seven children, ten grandchildren and has been married to Paul since 1974. Her website is:

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