4 Tips For Avoiding Interventions & Interruptions During Labor
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4 Tips For Avoiding Interventions & Interruptions During Labor

If you’re interested in having
a natural childbirth today, we’re going to be covering interventions
and interruptions to help you succeed and getting that natural delivery Thanks for joining us
today. I’m Sherry Hopkins. I’m a home birth midwife in Las
Vegas, Nevada. I’m joined by Cora. She is my daughter and she is also a home
birth midwife at Well Rounded Momma as well as one of our massage
therapists and placenta encapselators All the things… We do lots of things.
If you find this video helpful like… Subscribe, hit the bell. We get
a lot of clients that ask us, how do I have a successful natrual
childbirth because we get a lot of clients that come in that aren’t
necessarily having a home birth, but maybe they’re here meeting with their
doulas and having a hospital delivery and so we want to talk a little bit
about how to avoid interventions and interruptions in your birth. Years
ago when I got my doula training, this is how long ago that was
when I got my doula training. Debbie young from birth
matters, taught my class. One of the most amazing videos she showed
me was a German woman who was laboring at home and she kept getting into the
squat at home and she was laboring and she was doing well and she was
coping well and she was in that. And then you watched her get to the
hospital and she really was struggling. She was really struggling with her labor. And it took a while for her to find
something that worked and she started squatting in her bed and then she
got on top of her contractions. But it costs her a solid an hour, right for her to kind of
find this space. And so, I really love kind of that kind of
journey into what natural childbirth looks like and how can we as home birth
midwives keep your birth happening the way that it’s supposed to. My very favorite quote is by Michelle
Odent and I will link his information below. He’s a well known in the birth world and
fighting for family’s rights to choose and how they can have that success
in that empowerment feeling. And the quote he has is that the very
first intervention you have is leaving your home. And I frequently
think of an animal, having birth and giving birth
and we’ll go with the Fox. I always go with the Fox cause foxes are
super cute. They are pretty adorable. So like if I’m comparing you to
a fox, you can’t be offended. No. as long as you don’t compare me to
an elephant with we are good. Hmm. Now I know, I know. Although there are some really great
videos of elephants giving birth online. That’s true. Absolutely. I think we should link that below all
the animal births, all the animal births. You can just watch an hour
of animal birth deliveries. And I like it because nobody is giving
pitocin to a cat or inducing a dog. Like it just happens organically and
being in an environment that you’re most comfortable in. I think of that mother
Fox and when she goes into labor, she goes into her den and she’s laboring
and doing good and she’s got things happening and then along comes a Predator
and labor stops and she doesn’t start again until you know, she feels safe. And I think feeling safe
is a really big thing. And so it’s why Well Rounded Momma wanted
to be able to cater to people having their babies at home or the
hospital because some women
don’t feel safe at home. And so I don’t want you to have your baby
at home if you don’t feel safe there. And if you don’t feel safe in a hospital, I don’t want you having
birth in a hospital. You should be having
your baby somewhere else. And so I think feeling
comfortable and safe. It plays such a big role for sure.
I think that we’re all animals. We have that fight or flight instinct, regardless of where we
are getting comfortable. Like even just removing somebody
from their bedroom. Absolutely. Our hypnobirthing class talks a lot about
the fight or flight response and gives you a lot of tools to fight that fight
or flight fight the fight or flight response. And that’s really what you’re looking
for is you’re looking for support, education and information so that you can
feel safe and comfortable wherever you choose to give birth. I’ve always said and believed that your
location of birth is one of your number one decisions that you make right,
to have national Childbrith. the second one being your
care provider, you have, once you have a location of
birth and a care provider, your Birth should usually move in
the direction that you want it to be. What do you do to keep your
birth intervention free? I had done a lot of births as a doula. I think the number one thing is we
always constantly have to talk about not being, induced because
doctors kind of like, oh, your due dates here,
let’s get you induced. And I always think it’s
not an expiration date. You don’t expire once
you’ve hit your due date. in fact you can go to 40 to 42 and first
time moms typically go about 10 days late. So I think that it’s so important to
let moms go into labor on their own and then that really gives you the best
chance of having just because it becomes a snowball. Yes, it does for sure that that cascade of
interrupt that I talked about and send videos before that the baby
chooses the birthday for sure. So we can torch your
mom as much as we want. So it doesn’t necessarily mean that
it’s time for baby to be here? No. And as a Doula, even with my
dual clients do get induced, they tend to be the longest burst because
their bodies just aren’t ready and we’re trying to get that started for them. And so it does typically
tend to be awhile. So allowing baby birth to
happen on its own. Yup. Choosing a location that
you’re most comfortable with, finding care provider that supports you
in your choices. I would say for me, one of the number one things is
who you’ve invited to your birth. I think a lot of times we feel like we
feel like we have to make other people happy and so we maybe make
decisions and choices. So like maybe your mother-in-law really
feels like she wants to come to your birth but she causes you anxiety. And so I think birth was a very, that baby gotten that belly in a very
intimate way and I baby needs to come out in a very intimate way. But I’ve had women have full-on like
they had like a party and they’re like 10 15 people. Yeah. I we are ok with
that. but for the the most part, I think keeping birth intimate so that
you do feel safe and that your birth team supports your choices I
think is really important. And I even think that if I’ve had clients
that choose to have more people there and they tend to want to be like in their
bathroom or in their bedroom. So like, even though they thought they might
want to have these people here, then they go into labor and they’ve
kind of decided that that’s actually not what they wanted and they kind of
go with that more secluded place. So I always talked to my
clients about beforehand, having conversations so that they
know if they’re going or not, they have that expectation and then it’s
okay to ask somebody to leave if you’re in labor and you need to be by yourself, that’s okay to ask them to step out or
find a place that does work for you. One of my favorite verses
with a woman who had, an HVAC, so home birth after Cesarean with me
several years ago and she was complete for like a really long time, not getting the urge to push and she had
a doula and her husband was there and. things were going okay, but she just
really wasn’t getting a urge to push. We even pushed with her a couple of times
and there’s not like enough progress to say like, we’re going to see
baby soon. And we left her alone. She went into her bathroom
and she got into her shower, like I don’t even have a shower, was running clothes the thing and me
and her husband just kind of sat quietly outside the door to the bathroom and she
birthed her baby in the bathtub and we were just there like at
some point she said, Sherry, I feel the baby’s head Sherry, you know,
I peeked and said, you’re doing great. she just needed that space,
right? Like I think we’ve got to, as care providers we do have to start
respecting the woman and the intimate relationships she has with her own body
in order for her to have her best birth outcome. I can tell as
a birth professional, like if I have a woman in a tub
and say I’m rubbing her back, she ether moves towards me or she moves
away from me and I then I know what to do. Where as I think a mother-in-law or a
sister or somebody else in that dynamic would keep doing what they need to do
because it’s really hard to sit on your hands when you see someone
in labor. It is really, really hard to not feel
like you need to do some, especially like being on the
surface. And it was like, oh, I just want to go up there and like
rub you. And then I’m always like, oh, not everybody wants that in labor. And so you have to just kind of respect
what they’re wanting and have that conversation ahead of time to, for them to follow your cues and not
feel like that it’s okay for them to sit there and be present. And oh, one of the grandmother midwives here
who actually is no longer with us, I was privileged to know her for awhile
and she spent a lot of time talking to me about being present and what being
present look like and that that was just sometimes sitting in the corner and
putting your phone down and just being present in that moment and sending that
energy to that mom. And that’s hard. I think sometimes when doulas
go into the hospital, right, because you’re getting paid to do a
job and that that job is rubbing and massaging and doing all the
things. And sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it is just like being present
being that continuity care provider. And sometimes we do too much.
Sometimes we are that interruption. We are that person who’s
interrupting what’s happening. One of our own birth professionals have
her baby last weekend, this weekend. And you know, there were times
where it was so quiet and we, her room was so small, so she had 2 of us us as her midwife and
we would take turns going and sitting in the room. And there were times where I sometimes
would hear talking happening and I’d be like, oh, like, let’s keep this really quiet because this
seems to be her preference right now. and so yeah, and it was so, it was one of my favorite births to date
because her little two year old came out and came and snuggled me on the couch
and I kept thinking in my mind like, this kid going a freak out
when he realizes it’s me
and not someone else. But, I snuggled with him probably an
hour, hour and a half. And that, that was my job as a care provider was
just to hold this cute little two year old with that was getting
ready to be displayced, no longer be the baby in the
family. And that was my role. But I still was my role
kind of to over, you know, oversee this beautiful
labor that was happening. But my role didn’t have to need
to be, it’s not my spotlight, it’s her spotlight or that
laboring person spotlight. And we have to remember that. We have to remember that they’re the
ones who are kind of changing the dynamic in the room and looking for that support. And so I think that goes back
to choosing your care provider. But I think we’ve given four great tools
for how you can avoid interventions and that is allowing things
to happen organically. Choosing a support team that is going to
be supportive and that means supportive in any way that that looks like as well
as choosing your location of birth in a care provider that supports
you as well as your team. And so thanks for joining us. Hopefully you found that helpful and
that you’ll subscribe. Ring the Bell, share comments below. Share what helped you if you
had a natural vaginal delivery, share what helped you the most so
that when other women get on here, other birthing persons get on here that
they’re able to see what things worked for you. These are just our top four. This doesn’t mean this
is a end all be all. It is just what we have seen with
our experience and our knowledge. But there is lots of other things that
have brought women to have a successful, natural birth and natural birth,
meaning whatever that definition. I’ve certainly individuals who’ve had
epidurals and consider that a natural birth, but whatever your
definition of natural is, whatever helps you get through your
breathing. Whatever helps you bring, meet your baby. Whatever helps you
feel better, supported, empowered, and educated. Share that down below.
We would love to hear from you.


  • Sarah Sorvillo | Holistic Midwife Services in Las Vegas, Nevada

    Great video! I definitely second what Cora said that sometimes the first intervention is induction. If you can avoid that you’re doing pretty good!

  • Well Rounded Momma

    Do you have any questions about avoiding interventions or interruptions? Or did you have a low intervention birth and want to share some wisdom? Comment below!

  • Rory Solomon

    For me it was so helpful to take a childbirth class while pregnant so I felt fully confident in my body's ability to birth and I was able to release any fears I had.

  • Camila Santiago

    I'm the lock up in the closet type of birthing person and could never birth naturally in the hospital because of so many interruptions. That's why I love homebirth so much! Midwives and doulas provide the care tailored to you and your current mood, energy and needs. <3

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