Choosing to have a natural birth is a wonderful way to begin your journey into motherhood.
By birthing naturally, you will gain the confidence and wellbeing necessary to create an instant bond with your newborn. Mothers who choose gentle, and natural childbirth tend to have an easier transition into breastfeeding, compared to those women who birth with unnecessary interventions.
Preparing for natural & normal childbirth involves preparing before you birth, as this will have a great impact on your birth experience. Your comfort in labor is the most important thing.
Below is a list of Natural Pregnancy Tips to assist you in the direction of having a positive & memorable birth.
Find A Comfortable Environment To Birth
Where will you be most comfortable birthing your baby? In the comforts of your own home? In a birth center? Or maybe you’d like to give birth naturally in a hospital?
Your wellbeing during childbirth is the most essential ingredient. This means having places to walk, squat, shower, rest, and devices to lean on in between contractions. Along with this, the birth environment should have policies that promote mobility, and a variety of positions, and coping rituals.
Choosing Your Labor Support
Nurturing and compassionate care providers such as midwives, doctors, partners, doulas, loved ones, and nurses who trust in the normal birth process, which make an enormous positive difference in your birth outcome. You must feel like you can let go of all inhibitions during birth, and that you are being treated with dignity & respect. Ultimately, your labor support should know & support in your decision to birth naturally.
According to Doulas of North America (DONA), “When a doula is present during and after childbirth, women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression.”
Creating Your Birth Vision
Your Birth Vision is your roadmap for your up-and-coming birth. It’s telling yourself, along with your care providers, and labor support that you want and need very specific elements, in order for your birth to progress in a comforting way. Your Birth Vision can include a soothing music play-list, dim lights or candlelight, (if you are birthing in a hospital, you may bring in LED candles) a birth ball, and water therapy such as a birthing tub, or access to shower.
In your Birth Vision you can also include your preferences for a natural birth, and your desire to have a drug-free childbirth. Your Birth Vision should be passed onto your care provider so they are in the loop as to what your birth preferences are. Your birth outcome is ultimately up to you. You can do this!
Believe In Your Heart That You Can Birth Naturally
For too many years, childbirth has been associated with pain. This ideology behind birth has created a mess. The thought of anything being painful wouldn’t make any woman want to run to it with open arms.
Pain associated with labor is sensational. That means that once you’re educated on comfort measures to use during each contraction, then the “pain” becomes a sensation; each contraction becomes a wave that you learn how to surf as they come. Once you learn how to ride each wave, then you are in control, and oddly enough the sensations may even become pleasurable.
Now that you have a few natural childbirth techniques in your back pocket, relax and have fun with this planning process!
Once your baby arrives, be sure to keep this Day-by-Day postpartum guide to the first 6 weeks handy. It was created to help you do something each day that is either useful, productive, or fun throughout the early days of motherhood.