Labour progress resources

This post offers a summary of labour progress resources that are freely available on my website.

This is a topic that I blog and speak on a lot, and it’s also something that I frequently discuss in our online resources. And if you’d like to be kept up-to-date with the evidence on this and other birth-related topics, feel free to jump on my newsletter list so we can send you our monthly Birth Information Update.

Let’s start with some thoughts on normal birth…

Delivery method and women’s experiences

The most important thing women can do for themselves in the quest for a normal birth?

Who is most at risk of caesarean section?

More evidence on how to keep birth normal



Here are my favourite midwifery thoughts about labour progress:

The stages of labour – bunkum!

The importance of everyday birth wisdom

Defining active labour

Assessing cervical dilatation without VEs: Watching the purple line

Evidence for the purple line…

Cervical dilation is (now mathematically shown to be) unpredictable

What is cervical recoil?

Cervical wisdom resources

Stepping Stones and Cervical Wisdom


A few labour-related articles to ponder:

Distractive Practice

Epidural Fever

Hands-off midwifery and the art of balance


And lastly, a few labour-related tips and midwifery wisdom:

Eight ways of promoting active birth through bedlessness…

Let there be mood lighting…

A Tribute to Tricia’s Lab Cats



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