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Active Labor Phase

 Cervix is dilated 5-9 cm and is getting thinner

 Baby’s head begins to turn (OP: occiput posterior)

 Waves occur every 5 minutes and last about 60 seconds

Physical Signs

 Waves occur regularly and the interval is down to 5 minutes

 Duration of waves may go up to a minute

 There might be some light, fresh bleeding (due to dilation)

 The amniotic sac might rupture

 The intensity of pressure rises to the highest level

 Nausea and vomiting may occur

Emotional reactions

 The mother’s sole point of focus is the labor

 Any noise, light, and music might bother the mother

 She might feel trapped, scared, and tired, she might cry

 She understands that the process of delivery is out of her control

What can the mother do?

 Go to the hospital, talk through your birth plan with those in the service

 Utilize the positions, rhythmic movements, and breathing techniques

 Use your pilates ball, sit on it and move your butt left and right, you can do soft, round movements with your hips

 Use the relaxation breathing techniques in between waves

 Repeat your ritual words during waves – recite the words that you use in your af-firmations and that calm you down

 Consume liquids, suck on ice cubes – sucking on ice cubes calms some moth-ers down and it might be hydrating if you are thirsty

 Urinate every hour

What can the father do?

 Go to the hospital, talk through your birth plan with those in the service

 Utilize the positions, rhythmic movements, and breathing techniques

 Use your pilates ball, sit on it and move your butt left and right, you can do soft, round movements with your hips

 Use the relaxation breathing techniques in between waves

 Repeat your ritual words during waves – recite the words that you use in your af-firmations and that calm you down

 Consume liquids, suck on ice cubes – sucking on ice cubes calms some moth-ers down and it might be hydrating if you are thirsty

 Urinate every hour

Instructor

Burcu Kutluk

Instructor

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