If there are any terms here that you don’t understand, just look it up on the internet, or ask an experienced doula or health care provider.
Stalled labour is when contractions completely slow down or stop altogether.
Slow progress is when you enter active labour, but active labour doesn’t progress as quickly as your health care providers would like.
Failure to progress is when you reach a certain point and stop dilating or progressing at all, but continue to have regular contractions. You may often hear these terms and assume that your body “failed” you. However, there is usually a simple cause accompanied with these terms, that you may not think of.
Some of the causes for stalled labour, slow progress, or failure to progress, can include;
Tight pelvic muscles and ligaments
Baby isn’t engaging into the pelvis
Ways to overcome these, can include;
Raising your natural oxytocin levels.
Working through your fears, writing them down and tearing up the paper, can help.
Putting on a blindfold and headphones to create sensory deprivation for better focus.
Asking unnecessary bodies to step out of the delivery room.
Loosen up tight muscles; Rebozo sifting, inversion, side lying release, massage, pelvic tilts, bath or shower, psoas release, “shake the apple tree”.
Encourage better fetal positioning. Hip rotations on birth ball, rebozo sifting, inversion, side lying release, pelvic tilts.
Pelvic openers. Hip squeezes, squatting, kneeling with ankles wider than knees, Walcher’s position, sitting on a toilet or birthing stool.
Having a little rest or something to eat, so that you can regain a bit of energy.