To try and put any type of assessment on labor is limiting the vast realm of differences labor can be for each mother, and each pregnancy. There are so. many. factors. that play into our labor experiences it really is impossible to do so… and yet, we still try. One of the most significant restraints we’ve given to birth is the Friedman’s curve based on poor research and the belief of control. Because of this curve, we’ve also separated birth into 3 stages, which further reduces our ability to see labor as the intricate, emotional, transition that it is for the family.