Transition phase is considered to be the hardest phase during the whole labor. But at the same time it is the shortest phase. The contractions in this phase repeat every 2-3 minutes and 60-90 seconds. They are very intense and cause much pain to the woman. The contractions can be so frequent that one may just fade and another one start immediately. There are a lot of symptoms that can be seen during the transition phase. They are increased bloody show, vomiting, nausea, hiccups or burping, cold/hot feelings, shaking, fatigue and maybe sensitivity to touch. It is also possible to have increased pressure on the rectum or/and perineum.
While giving the transition description it is also necessary to mention the fact that women can have some emotional problems during the transition phase. For example, the woman can be confused, discouraged, irritable and restless. It may seem to the woman that she focuses on what is going on inside her while working with her labor. It may be very difficult for the woman to express her wishes. This is the time of the labor when the woman requires more support that at any other time.
Doctors point out the fact that labor support during the transition phase is of paramount importance. It stimulates both emotional and physical well-being of the woman. It is important to stay with the mom. It is important to give her simple, positive, clear and firm directions, remind her change the position, assist with the patterns of breathing, offer some cool washcloth for her lip balm and brow, keep her hydrated either with ice chips or with water.
It is possible to remind the woman to take only one contraction at a time and give up different panicky feelings. There are some tips of behavior when the mom starts to panic. It is necessary to cal her by name, maintain the eye contact, take her hands into your hands, breathe with her, talk to her between the contractions, try some variations of breathing and give her a lot of reassurance that it is going to end soon. It is important to remember that if you ask some questions with the woman it is necessary to ask them between the contractions but not during. You should watch different signs showing that she is going to push. The signs are usually represented by some pushing or grunting sounds. If the woman tells she needs to push, tell her to lift up the chin and pretend that she blows out some birthday candles one by one. The caregiver needs to check if the cervix has dilated completely. The cervix can swell and tear if the cervix is not completely dilated and the woman starts pushing prematurely. When the caregiver approves, the mom may start the second stage of the labor pushing.
In general, the childbirth is one of the most rewarding and memorable events in the life of any couple. It does not matter how often the woman gives birth, every experience is a unique and intimate celebration of life. In spite of the fact that the delivery and labor are rather painful, it is a great honor to fulfill the awesome task of bringing a baby into this world.