A Natural Birth Advocate
Pam Weaver is a midwife, natural birth advocate and birth center owner. She is also the author of Practical Skills Guide for Midwifery, 5th edition, available at morningstarpub.com She was licensed by the State of Alaska and certified by the North American Registry of Midwives and served extensively on both of those regulatory boards. As a midwife, Pam is motivated to assist women who desire to have their babies as naturally as possible. This includes such practices as monitoring the birthing mother’s energy level – balancing rest and activity, encouraging her to stay well hydrated, helping her stay focused – all of which are optimal in facilitating birth. Anything that can potentially shorten the second stage of labor such as squatting, walking, and resting between contractions is helpful with the birth process as well. Laboring in the shower or deep tub is a great option. It’s important to get the most out of every push during second stage by periodically changing positions and optimizing gravity.
Why Labor Link?
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 lowtech 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 create something to replace tying knots in sheets.
The Business Model
The vision for Labor Link has always been to employ those who otherwise cannot easily find their way into the workforce: stay-at-home moms, those confined in non-profit rehab centers, students, etc. It has operated as a cottage industry since 2006, proudly manufacturing the product in the USA.