I'm curious what the norm is regarding how "hands-on" midwives are during labor. Both my midwife and the one at the birth I just went to were VERY hands off- literally just were in the room, taking notes, taking baby's heart rate occasionally. My midwife was a little more hands on- suggesting changes of position, showing me breathing exercises and breathing with me, and having my husband do things for me like make me drink in between contractions and put heat/cold on me.
How hands-on are YOU in birth? I feel like next birth I want my midwife to be MORE hands on, because I feel like I didnt have enough support- I would have liked her to tell me what positions to get in to help move the baby into position (my baby was asynclitic) especially because during my birth I was only comfortable lying down on my side and I think that contributed to the slow descent and malpositioning- I think it would have helped if she would have been more pro-active in getting me OFF my back and into better positions. I know that's what a doula is for... but I'm still kind of disappointed with the hands-off factor because it's not what I was expecting.
How hands on are you?
Cathi Wimmer Cogle, CPM-TN
East Tennessee Birth Services
I hope you're able to get the answers you need.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds