What is it about?

The example of a laboring woman who innately knew what to do with her body. It goes on to explain that birth is a physiologic function built into a woman's body. We do not control it.

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Why is it important?

In a culture where birth is increasingly medicalized and institutionalized, we need to go back to its roots. Birth is a competent physiologic function built into a woman's body. There is so much anxiety regarding birth now because women see it as a scary process full of tubes and wires and monitors and alarms. That is not so.


As a labor nurse I was struck when I took care of this patient that she didn't really need me. Perhaps I wanted to be needed? Instead I was profoundly affected by her competence to labor and all that I needed to do for her was just to be there so she was not alone.

Marie-Celine Farver
Sutter Health

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This page is a summary of: Birth Intuition, Nursing for Women s Health, August 2015, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1111/1751-486x.12226.
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