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Moment of Truth

My moment of truth occured in 1978 at age 18 when I worked with several certified nurse midwives at a Natural Childbirthing Center in Douglasville Georgia. I was taught that birth was normal and when left undisturbed one may even describe as beautiful. I learned that being WITH women in labor did not mean exams every three hours, it meant observing signs of the different stages. Latent: contractions ceased after water immersion. Active: sweat noted on upper lip and forehead. Transition: Uncontrollable shaking. Midwifery care was not synonomous with interventions; it was synonymous with being present......

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