Some people call them complications or problems. Others call them variations from the norm. Whatever you call them, certain situations will challenge your ability to give birth without medication. When faced with a labor challenge, it is the responsibility of the mother and her coach or support person to examine the options and make a decision about how to proceed.
You may know about some of these challenges before labor begins. This will give you time to learn and make informed decision. Other challenges will present themselves during labor. Unfortunately, the middle of a contraction is not the best time to thoroughly investigate your options. This section of Birthing Naturally will help you find the information you need so you are prepared to make decisions when you are challenged.