10 Tips for Having a Natural Childbirth
I think every woman dreams of a Natural Childbirth. It is after all the way it should be. However, at this age, it seems to be uncommon to have a natural birth. By natural childbirth, most people mean not having a Caesarean. But it can also mean not having any drugs or painkillers and being in complete control throughout the birth. Imagine that.
To ensure your pregnancy and childbirth is a natural success, there are many things you can do. Preparation is the key. Not just for the actual childbirth but way before that. As a mother, you should pay particular attention to yourself throughout the different pregnancy stages. Notice how you are emotional, physically and especially what you are eating.
Here are the tips for maximizing your chance of having a natural birth:
1.The Choice of Practitioner
It is essential that you select the right therapist who will take care of you during your pregnancy and labor. Find a caregiver who supports natural birth. In addition to tolerance for natural delivery techniques, you need to look for the people who are likely to encourage and support these techniques during delivery. If possible, try to learn more about the previous results of natural delivery to other clients of your healthcare provider. Were they happy? Did they feel that they were being listened to? Support??
2. Choose a suitable place for Birth
There are three common choices for you while deciding the venue for birth:
- Home birth
- Birth Center
Choosing a suitable place to give birth is no doubt another significant decision. Therefore, aim to get the opinion of previous patients and suggestions from your care provider before selecting a place for your natural birth. Taking a tour of hospitals and birth centers in your area can also assist with making a decision. Being comfortable and familiar with the environment prior to your birthing day can help with your relaxation while you are preparing for your labor.
3. Preparation for Childbirth – Childbirth classes
You are going to find a plethora of classes concerning childbirth. The primary goal of these courses is to prepare you for the upcoming event, to give you tools for the day, to manage your expectations and to give you a basic knowledge of the delivery process. You can prepare your body for work through these courses, which is a big help. You can learn about labor support, relaxation and managing contractions. You may also have an opportunity to participate in a tour of the birth suite of your hospital, so you know what to expect.
4. Preparing with hypnobirthing
Hypnobirthing is a series of birth preparation classes that can assist you in preparing for your natural birth. Hypnobirthing works on the philosophy of “fear tension pain syndrome.” That is that fear causes tension and tension causes pain during labor. The notion of hypnobirthing is if you remove the fear associated with childbirth, the outcome can often be a comfortable, calm birth, free of stress and pain.
There is a heavy emphasis on regular relaxation and self-hypnosis practice to assist in preparation for the big day. You will also learn correct breathing techniques for the labor and birth of the baby.
5. Natural Childbirth Labor Support
Many couples make a choice to go through the birth of their baby privately together, without the support of other family or trusted friends. There are also many couples and cultures that encourage lots of significant friends and family to welcome the birth of their baby.
6. Learning the Correct Positioning for Labor
Learning different positions for labor and birthing can increase your comfort and in some cases the speed of delivery on the day. Familiarizing and practicing these positions before the day is important. Your midwife, who is experienced in delivery, will also likely suggest helpful locations on the day. Remaining active during the early stages of labor can also be helpful. If possible walk around, change positions and use the birth ball when needed to enhance your comfort. Positions for labor and birthing should be covered during your childbirth classes.
7. Consider the Alternative Remedies for Pain during labor
Various alternative therapy techniques help you through labor pain. These methods are mostly taught during your hypnobirthing classes or by a doula. Some of these techniques include:
- Heat or cold packs
- Relaxation music
- Correct Breathing techniques
- Avoid Pushing
Nowadays, most hospitals are happy for you to play the music of your choice. However, you should check what music playing facilities they provide if any, otherwise you may have to contribute your own.
Avoid pushing once it is time for the descent of the baby. Focus on slow, deliberate breaths, directing your energy down. Take your time. Give your body time to open up and accommodate the baby when it’s ready.
8. Relaxation and Breathing
Many birth attendants and caregivers will tell you that the best birth’s they have witnessed are from mothers who are “calm, relaxed and in control of their fear.”
Gentle, but deliberate breathing can assist with bringing about a relaxed and centered state.
There are a few different styles of breathing:
- Lamaze breathing
- Basic relaxation breathing
- Abdominal breathing for delivery
- Hypnobirthing breathing
If you undertake hypnobirthing classes, you will be shown the correct way to breathe for a comfortable, natural birth.
You may also learn breathing techniques in your childbirth education classes.
Above all, the most important thing to do is to “keep breathing,” gentle, calm breaths.
Holding the breath while trying to push can often only slow the process down.
9. Water Birth
Water births are not uncommon, but not all hospitals have the facilities for water birthing. Depending on where you live, you may have to consider a private birthing center, or home birth with a midwife, if you want to participate in a water birth. If you are thinking of having a water birth, you will need to discuss this with your hospital or birthing center before your birthing day.
Use of shower or a bathtub in labor can be a helpful natural pain relief method. Angling the shower head on the top of the belly or the back during labor can provide some comfort.
10. Read a good childbirth book
Reading a book on natural childbirth is a vital step for preparing for a comfortable childbirth. I think it is a beautiful and intense job that all women can do – but that does not say it will be easy or that it should be easy. I know that part of my belief structure, but giving birth brings a new soul, a new being to the world. It is a great work.
Recommended Natural Childbirth Books
Here you have 3 recommended books that can help you prepare yourself to a natural childbirth.