Artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) aka ‘breaking the waters’ is a common intervention during birth. However, an ARM should not be carried out without a good understanding of how the amniotic sac and fluid function in labour.
Labor positions This is so important! I hated how the nurses in the hospital kept having me lay down to get checked, every time it slowed me down and made the contractions more painful. Labor any way BUT on your back!
Babies need at least 39 weeks to grow. Elective delivery prior to 39 weeks increases the mom's risk of postpartum depression, stronger and more frequent contractions, and the need for a cesarean delivery.