Labor as a watched pot


You can't rush labor

Everyone knows the expression "A watched pot won't boil" and I imagine most doulas have felt the similarity with labor.  I have had several clients over the years have out of town family come into town prior to the birth so that they can be there when the baby is born.  The days go by without a baby and the family has to either extend their stay or leave before the baby arrives.  Many times I have seen labor start the moment that the family has to return.   This has happened so many times that I actually warn clients about the watched pot phenomenon.

Have you seen this happen?

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  • Naomi

    I say this all the time and iften find this to be the case. I think this is a big reason babies like to come at night.

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