“… one cannot actively help a woman to give birth. The goal is to avoid disturbing her unnecessarily.”
“Experiences have clearly shown that an approach which ‘de-medicalizes’ birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach.”
How are animals giving birth? Mostly in a dark place, far away from others.
It is not the time to be on the watch. It is the time to follow your instincts, intuition, without checking the clock. Your body needs to feel safe to be ready. Is it a failure to progress? Or maybe you need some more time to be undisturbed, unwatched and safe?