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Professional Birth & Postpartum Doula
Cindy lou Burgess C.D. & C.B.E.

Specializing in all birth options and covering all of Connecticut

Benefits of using a Doula
What is normal in your labor


Early labor-longest part of labor ( 0 cm-4cm )
Bloody show
Mucous-y discharge ( could be your mucous plug )
Easily manageable contractions ( " are they regular " is the question you want to ask yourself )
Loose bowel movements
Flu-ish feelings
Spontaeous rupture of membranes (small chance of this happening so early )

Active Labor ( 5cm to 8cm )
Bloody show
Contractions more frequent and more intense, requiring your full atttention for the duration.
Spontaneous rupture of membranes ( chance of this happening higher during this phase )

Transition ( 8cm to 10cm )
Contraction coming much more frequently
Very little rest between contractions
Pressure on vagina and rectum
Possible urge to push
Nausea, vomiting
Shaking
Spontaneous rupture of membranes
Feelings of fear, helplesness

Birth of your baby
Possible lull in contractions as your body prepares for pushing phase
Urge to push ( becoming stronger as baby desecends further )
Increased pressure on vagina and rectum
Crowning ( ring of fire )

Birth of your placenta
Excitement at the birth of your baby
Possible lull in contractions as your body waits to expel placenta
Small pushing urge as placenta detaches fully and descends
Shaking
Pain in vaginal area if stitches are necessary to repair a tear



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