“Evidence supports the notion that women instinctively push”

36595920_82cb88bac5“Evidence supports the notion that women instinctively push in the most effective and safe way for themselves and their babies during birth. A birthing woman is the expert regarding when and how she pushes. Providing directions implies that she needs our guidance and that we are the experts. Facilitating women’s instinctive birthing behaviours rather than directing them is evidence based and reinforces women’s innate ability to birth.”

– Rachel Reed


Reed R (2015).  Supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour during birth.  TPM 18(6): 13-15.

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