“There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” ~ Laura Stavoe Harm

YOUR COUNTER CULTURE EXPERIENCE

Support from pre-conception to postpartum

Your Labor and Birth
Home Vaginal Birth After Surgical Birth (Cesearan)

If you have experienced a surgical birth, you are not alone. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the national cesarean birth rate was the highest ever at 32%–almost a third of all deliveries.

 

If you desire to try a vaginal delivery after having had a cesarean, you should be encouraged by knowing that 90% of women who have undergone cesarean deliveries are candidates for VBAC. Speak with your midwife about the risks and benefits of home VBAC vs surgical birth.

Water Birth: 

Waterbirth is the use of a heated water bath or pool by a laboring woman during labor and birth. Many women in labor find that being in water helps them relax and helps relieve pain. Some women prefer to stay in water at the time of birth and deliver their baby in the tub or pool. Others stay in water only part of the time during labor and choose to birth their babies out of the tub.  

Benefits of waterbirth for mother:

  • ​Buoyancy promotes more efficient uterine contractions 

  • Improved blood circulation resulting in better oxygenation of the uterine muscles, less pain for the mother, and more oxygen for the baby

  • In the later stages of labor, the water has been shown to increase the woman’s energy.

  • The water seems to reduce stress-related hormones, allowing the mother’s body to produce endorphins which serve as pain-inhibitors.

  • Water causes the perineum to become more elastic and relaxed, reducing the incidence and severity of tearing and the need for an episiotomy and stitches.

  • As the laboring woman relaxes physically, she is able to relax mentally with greater ability to focus on the birth process.

  • Since the water provides a greater sense of privacy, it can reduce inhibitions, anxiety, and fears.

Benefits of waterbirth for infant:​

  • Provides an environment similar to the amniotic sac.

  • Eases the stress of birth, thus increasing reassurance and sense of security.

-American Pregnancy Association​

Philosophy of Labor and Birth: 

Labor is a time that is to be guarded, not controlled -D. Fuentes LM, CPM

 

Labor is a vulnerable, messy, beautiful, difficult transition into motherhood.  The way in which a woman becomes a mother to a new fresh entity scuplts the very essence of her being and who she sees when she looking into the mirror.  Your midwife is the guardian of your birth, therefore she can be as involved as you need.  

During your labor:

  • All interventions are kept to a minimum when possible

  • Birth is a normal process and it works best when supported naturally

  • Cervical checks are kept to a minimum

  • IV’s are not routine, but are available if needed

  • You are supported in listening to your body during labor

  • You are encouraged to use positions you find most comfortable

  • Your Midwife will encourage you to walk, eat and drink, use the shower or tub if desired, and generally do what works best for you during your baby’s birth.

  • Your physical well being and your baby will be assessed regularly

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Midwife - Deborah Fuentes

804 Sarah Street

Suite 102

Stroudsburg PA 18360

 

Office Hours: By Appointment

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