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I am excited to show this new handout to everyone.  I am convinced that we need to stop teaching the stages of labor and teach the various ways to progress and labor that are all normal.  There is a great post on this at midwife thinking.  http://midwifethinking.com/2011/09/14/the-assessment-of-progress/.  I’ve decided that the best way to present “progression” to woman is to show them how the things they are feeling during late pregnancy and labor are all related to how their body is changing(based off of Penny Simkins 6 ways to progress).


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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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  1. Stacie Bingham
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    I think this handout is very helpful. I have always shared Penny’s 6-ways info with my classes so they understand there is more than our well-known “dilation” and “effacement” terms.

  2. Courtney Buhrman
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    Awesome! Very helpful in expanding the understanding of what constitutes progress in labor.

  3. Sandra Golaszewski
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    It is a quick useful guide, I like it.

    Just a quick point out. Down on the bottom to the right, where you put the copyright part. It says RN BNS CD. I think you meant BSN, right?

    • Rachel
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      Thanks Sandra! Good catch.

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