Transitional Phase

 Cervix is 10 cm dilated, temporary lips might form on the cervix

 The baby’s head is close to the pelvis and the head is suitable for passage

 Waves occur every 2-3 minutes and last about 60-120 seconds

Physical signs

 Intense and long contractions

 Shorter interval between contractions

 Pressure on vagina and rectum

 Urge to push

 Some nausea and vomiting may occur

 Leg cramps and shivering

 Sensitivity to touch


 Feet growing cold

 Flushed face

 Opening of the amniotic sac

Emotional reactions

• Uneasiness and irritability

• The mother may cry and become easily agitated

• She may panic and feel scared of growing tired

• She may have a hard time relaxing and easing into a rhythm

• She might feel about ready to give up, or that she’s being pushed to her limits

What can the mother do?

• You can hold the positions that make you feel better

• You can use the breathing techniques that calm you down

• Movement and keeping a rhythm with breathing

• Try to focus

• Try the “3 candles and 1 feather” breathing technique to avoid early pushing if necessary

• Take each contraction on its own and don’t think about the next one

• Transition is the shortest stage, keep that in mind

What can the father do?

• Provide support and give simple instructions

• Remind your partner that the transition will be quick

• Do not criticize her

• Do not leave her side

• Do the rhythmic breathing and the exercises together

• Depending on her reaction, either hug her or don’t touch her at all


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