Wednesday Wrap Up 4/10

Weekly Pregnancy and Birth Links.Very interesting research on the myth that women forget the pain of childbirth. Turns out, they don’t. However, if they had a good experience, over time they remember pain as less intense. But with a bad experience, they remember the intensity more consistently.

Which makes it all the more important that women have a good experience. I share Penny Simkin’s article on what makes for a good experience with all my clients. Chances are, it’s not what you think!

Still think 40 weeks is the normal length of a pregnancy? Research study looking at uncomplicated, uninduced length of pregnancy finds that for first time moms, 41 weeks and 1 day is more like it, and for moms who have birthed before, it is 40 weeks plus 3 days. The 40 week estimate is one that has stuck around since the early 1800s, and it’s possible that changes in society, public health, nutrition, etc. have made it possible for women to carry their babies longer, just like the average life expectancy has improved as well.

Lovely story: How A Midwife Changed My Life

And I came across this interesting article on 5 ways to support active duty military moms

Today’s video is from Penny Simkin, one of my very favorite women. She discusses the difference between experiencing pain and suffering. This is an important distinction, especially for those supporting moms.