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Wednesday
Mar022011

L&D Nurses... (& midwives, doctors, doulas, etc.)

... when a woman says, "It hurts!" Don't come back with, "It shouldn't hurt." That minimizes the laboring woman's feelings as well as creates a belief that the woman's body is wrong/bad for feeling something it "shouldn't" be.

Her body is not wrong.

If a woman says, "It hurts!"

Answer her with, "I'm sorry. I'll slow down and you tell me when I can proceed." Maybe even, "I'll stop moving. Let me know when I can go again; I'll go slowly. It might be uncomfortable... it might hurt, but I'll talk you through it."

Now, doesn't that sound more humane? 

Why, yes... it does.