There are some women who opt to give birth naturally and avoid medical interventions as much as possible. Childbirth is a personal decision that a mother has to make. By choosing natural childbirth process, the woman is usually in control of the whole situation with a labor assistant (midwife or a doctor) guiding her through the stages.
Here are 7 tips that might be helpful for you to prepare for natural childbirth.
1. You may Choose to Work with a Doula or a Midwife of Your Choice
A doula is a professional health practitioner that provides educational and emotional support and physical comfort measures to a mother during prenatal, intra natal and the postpartum periods. A doula is someone who understands the whole process of birth and helps the mother to appreciate the process of giving birth.
2. Enroll Yourself and Your Partner in Childbirth Classes
There are a lot of classes that you can choose from depending on the type of natural method you want. Educate yourself as much as possible on these classes and practice the principles and activities that they share. They can teach you relaxation techniques, breastfeeding, labor interventions and other helpful ways to manage pain.
3. Start Learning about Kegels and Practice
Kegels can help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. You may perform a set of 10 Kegel exercises 3 times a day. The good thing about this exercise is that you can do it anywhere and in any time of the day. Kegels can also help reduce the occurrence of urine leakage during the end part of pregnancy.
4. Try to Make a Personalized Birth Plan
This will help your medical team understand your needs and wants. Be sure to discuss it with your health care providers before your due date. Write it clearly and make it concise. You may seek the help of your doula in preparing your plan.
5. Educate Yourself About Various Pain Management Techniques
Choose and practice something that you think will work for you. You may learn about hypnosis as a way of reducing the pain. Even before the labor pains begin, practice with your partner or doula labor positioning, deep breathing exercises and other techniques during the uterine contractions. Knowing what to do during these painful times will help decrease anxiety and make you focus on your pain management practices.
6. You may also use Aromatherapy
Essential organic oils like lavender and rose can be very soothing and relaxing to your senses. Be sure to ask your doctor which scents are safe for pregnancy. If you plan to get a prenatal massage, these oils can also come in handy.
7. Talk to Your Mother About the Labor Process
Ask her what she did before when she was giving birth to you. Sharing your experiences, thoughts and experiences can help alleviate anxiety.
Childbirth should be a wonderful and rewarding experience for a mother. Make it something personal and have faith and confidence that you will have a healthy and successful childbirth experience.