Preparing for Birth Australian Edition Partial Preview - Page 9

Your Labour Guide Transition Resting Stage Pushing/Crowning Third Stage • Averages 10-60 minutes • Shortest and most intense stage • Averages 10-30 minutes • Averages 30 minutes to 2 hours • Averages 5-60 minutes • 2-3 minutes apart • 60-90 seconds long • Slow or stop • 3-5 minutes apart • 60-90 seconds long • Crampy and intermittent • 8-10 centimetres • Complete • Complete • Mother may request no sound or touching during contractions. • Use your most effective coping strategies. • Relax and breathe between contractions. • Wait to begin pushing until you feel the urge. • Enjoy the time of rest. • Overwhelming pressure and urge to bear down with contractions. • Mother may feel more energised and confident. • Enjoy meeting, holding and bonding with your baby. • Take deep breaths and continue relaxation techniques if needed. • Use the best position and/or • Eat and drink soon after birth to • Rest, breathe deeply and movements to make contractions replenish your strength. • Be patient, drink, nap drink between contractions. manageable. • Talk to your baby and take and recoup your energy. • Assume the most • Use the birth ball; take a shower pictures. Preview • Try various positions. comfortable position and or bath to relieve pressure and • Work on getting baby latched change positions any time. relax muscles. on to the breast. • Stay calm, even if she isn’t. • Remain calm and • Help her with positions. • Stay with mother and focus on • Use every idea you have to help reassuring if mother • Remind her to slow your new family. her cope. seems confused. her breathing between • Take pictures and enjoy. • Help her take one contraction at • Encourage her to rest, contractions. • Ensure the staff knows your a time and remind her that her drink, or try other • Use cool cloths, give her ice/ wishes for baby care. baby is near. positions. water and offer lip balm. Transition Pushing Labour and Birth 15