Childbirth is one of the most intense, beautiful, powerful moments you will never forget. Sadly in our culture we have “modernized” birth and not for the benefit of babies and moms but the benefit of insurances and the like. Birth is SAFE, NATURAL, BEAUTIFUL and meant to be embraced not escaped. If we spent HALF the time on preparing for birth and planning our birth as we did.. buying a car or home, planning a party, setting up the nursery… we might actually have great births! To help you embrace we have come up with our top 5 birth tips for a natural birth.
I am a mother of three and have birthed at a hospital and at home. With a doula all three times. A midwife 2x and a OB one time. I have been a childbirth educator and professional doula for 7 years. I have attended MANY births at hospitals, birth centers and in homes. I have seen A LOT of different births.
I have found that birth is more MENTAL that it is anything else. I don’t care how many tattos, surgeries or hardthings you have done.. if you don’t see birth as a normal, natural safe process.. you will not birth well. You could be 95lbs, cry over a stubbed toe BUT invested in the knowledge, process and plan of your birth and birth like a champ! What we think and how we view our bodies and the birth process plays more of a role than much else.
It might be over stated but knowledge is power. When you KNOW that its normal for your body to do x y z during a specific phase of labor then there is no fear attached to it. Fear is the greatest enemy of a great birth right next to unessacary interventions.
Here are our TOP 5 BIRTH TIPS for a successful natural birth
1. Birth with a midwife at home or in a birth center. This will enable you to be more free to have less intervention and unessacary interventions as well as more options such as birth positions, tub etc. If you do birth in a hospital ensure you have a 8×10 note on the door that says “natural birth in progress” so the coming and going is limited.
3. Take a birth class with a certified instructor/doula. You can take a private class (yes we offer this) that caters to homebirth, birth center or hospital or a bradley class is also great. See whats available in your area.
4. Read and watch. EDUCATE & EMPOWER. The more you know understand and own what birth is the better you will labor! Watch lots of natural births on you tube, business of being born and more of business of being born. Read: Ina Mays guide to birth, your best birth, husband coached birth(if your not having a doula) Be WISE with who you talk and listen to about birth.. don’t allow negative stories or vibes.
5. Eat well (more protein and less white sugars and flours) , hydrate well (water and coconut water) , stay active with walking, getting outside etc. Visualize yourself birthing… where are you , who is there, how will you handle it etc. Lastly Go to the chiropractor often!
I have dozens more tips to share if you want to hear them so stay tuned as Im currently working on our Childbirth Ebook and some birth mantra print outs (check out the one we have for you below) ! Let us know if you want to hear more on birth and if any of the above tips contributed to your birth.
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