I've been reading Storey's book on Raising Pigs. In it, he makes a repeated statement; take them on a "one way trip to town".
We have one of those, our most recent sow who delivered 7 babies, has actually killed them all. Sat on them and ate some of them! What a shame! Poor little guys and gals. Although she delivered a healthy litter, a mother that isn't careful when laying down is according to the book, on a one way trip to town.
She also was acting up, and created way too much chaos in the nursery. Just like the human world, some women just don't make good mothers.
But good news, we have another ready to deliver any day, and the first two moms have done a spectacular job.
We are learning as we go, and even though we have to crawl over a bump or two in the road, we're continually learning.