Through our course work, specialized training, certification, and personal experience,
we’ve gathered some advice we’ve found helpful in helping you have a peaceful pregnancy and delivery.
Everything else being more important during the third trimester will present you with a feeling of being unprepared when your baby is ready.
Following through with learned practiced comfort measures enables the body to have memory resulting in a desired birth.
Listening to others in their experience can sway the mom-to-be from her natural desire to birth. For example, you could hear, “You don’t get any brownie points for not taking an epidural”.
Keeping a positive attitude and thought process of what your desired birth will be. Only listening to positive and encouraging support.
Thinking it’s not important enough to call your Doula with what you believe may or may not be the beginning of labor, or relaying any concerns or questions during your birthing process, will result in a feeling of less support and disconnection.
When your waves-rushes begin (contractions), you want support all around you. Let your Doula know exactly when your birthing process begins. Keep that communication open and fluent!
Thinking it’s not important to fill out a birthing plan can create undesirable feelings when the time comes that your little miracle is ready.
Take the time out to fill out your birth plan with your partner or significant other. This will allow you to reflect back on (and discuss openly and honestly) what your truth is, what your expectations are, and what your comfort level is. This is a very personal and private journey.
Not honoring your truth with who you believe to be supportive for your journey in the moment can create frustration. This could lead to unpleasant feelings and tightening of muscles.
Have a soft understanding of how many people you would like in the room with you during labor and delivery. Understanding that could change at any moment during your journey due to YOUR needs in the process. Knowing this is the most important day of YOUR life, create for yourself a place that feels soothing, comforting and totally supportive.
Having a very focused, rigid expectation of this beautiful journey can hinder the flow of what’s needed for a healthy process.
During this sacred journey remember to keep an open heart and mind.
Having a rigid expectation of which birthing positions you “like” may create a stuck feeling during the precious time of labor and delivery as you and your baby are working together to come into this world!
Once again, stay open-minded and open-hearted to all of the birthing positions we suggest to you during this time. You may be surprised at which one will help you.
Not having an open, honest conversation about what your desires are for your natural birth, and whether you’re uncomfortable with them checking you physically for dilation, often can result in a disruption of your process of gentle, rhythmic relaxation practices, allowing baby and body to work together.
Have a very open and honest conversation with your doctor on the protocol of physically checking you for your dilation when arriving and during your labor.
An empty stomach will not support the energy you will expel during this exciting and exhilarating time of labor.
Proper nutrition is crucial for you and your child during pregnancy, labor, and delivery! Healthy choices up to your due date is important for key energy for your new arrival and during signs of labor. Make sure you fuel your body with light small meals and plenty of fluids.
You may be disappointed if you believe you’ll be taken directly into a labor and delivery room without the medical staff checking on your wellbeing and intake information. It is necessary for the medical team to have an understanding of where you are in your process of labor.
When arriving at the hospital, questions will be asked about your well-being and intake information. Check your hospital’s protocol ahead of time to see if they allow you to give intake information early in anticipation of the big day. Along with providing a copy of your birth plan this, will help the process to move smoothly.