During labour our care includes the assessment of progress, monitoring the client’s vital signs, fetal heart rate and the position, assisting the birth of the infant and placenta, examination of the newborn, and assessment of the client’s condition postpartum. We also offer emotional support, information and guidance to the client and their family. The second midwife attends the birth for the second stage of labour, birth and immediate postpartum.
Positions for Labour and Birth
Changing positions, and moving around during labour and birth, offers several benefits. Some are obvious to the client in labour: increased comfort / reduced pain, distraction, and an enhanced sense of control. Beyond these advantages, there are equally important effects on the baby and on the progress of labour.
Read more from the handout on Positions for Labor and Birth