History as a Midwife
Pam’s journey with midwifery began when she was studying obstetrics as part of her EMS training. Shortly afterward, she witnessed a friend’s birth and immediately felt drawn to further study and training. She was licensed by the State of Alaska and certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. She was motivated to assist women who wanted to have their babies as safely and naturally as possible.
As a midwife, Pam has always been interested in anything that can potentially facilitate and shorten the second stage of labor. Natural birth advocates know that such practices as monitoring the birthing mother’s energy level – balancing rest and activity, encouraging her to stay well hydrated, helping her stay focused – are all helpful in facilitating birth. Squatting, walking, and resting between contractions help with the birth process as well. It’s important to get the most out of every push by periodically changing positions and optimizing gravity. Laboring in the shower or deep tub is also beneficial.
For generations, birth attendants have fashioned a “pull” for women when they begin pushing by tying large knots in both ends of a sheet. The mother pulled on one knot and the midwife, dad or whoever pulled on the other, helping the woman focus all her strength with each push to move the baby through the birth canal as expediently as possible. Now, the low tech Labor Link is an old idea made new to help put birth literally back into the hands of women! The design for the Labor Link sprang to life when Pam asked her husband, Greg, to help her design something to replace tying knots in sheets.