During labor woman’s body has natural rhythms, from breathing, heartbeats, muscles spasms, to contractions. When the woman is secured to the bed as she gives birth, this interferes with her natural flow. Additionally, she may have a panic attack as her movement is restricted. The constriction is not as psychologically or physically as healthy as giving her room to adjust to the natural flow of her body’s movement. Not only women who are low-risk will benefit from freedom of movement, but all women will gain a more natural and healthy labor.

Key Takeaways:

  • The hormones associated with fear and stress can make the uterus less sensitive to oxytocin.
  • There is significant evidence to suggest that the fetus has reflexes that can affect the way the uterus behaves during childbirth.
  • If the uterus has a collagen scaffold — like the cervix — then the breakdown of this scaffold during and before labor may have a significant impact on the physiological behavior of the uterus.

“We should be managing care according what the woman’s body needs in order to labour efficiently and effectively.”

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