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.
The following are ideas and assumptions we all may have around childbirth preparations,
and the birth itself, accompanied by our best advice for each statement.
Following through with learned and practiced comfort measures enables the body to have memory resulting in a desired birth.
Making “everything else” more important during the third trimester will present you with a feeling of being unprepared when your baby is ready.
Keeping a positive attitude and thought process of what your desired birth will be, only listening to positive and encouraging support.
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”.
When your wave-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!
Choosing not to fill out a birth plan may create undesirable choices during the birthing process.
Take the time 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.
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.
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.
Not honoring your truth in who you believe to be supportive for your journey in the moment can create frustration. This could lead to unpleasant feelings, creating restrictions of birth.
During this sacred journey, remember to keep an open heart and mind.
Having a very focused, rigid expectation of this beautiful journey can hinder the flow of what’s needed for a healthy process.
Always keep an open mind and heart to ALL birthing positions. You may be surprised at which one will help you.
Having a rigid expectation of which birthing positions you “like” may create a stuck feeling during the precious time of labor and delivery.
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.
Not having an open, honest conversation about what your desires in a natural birth (example: whether you’re uncomfortable with them checking you physically for dilation), often can result in a disruption of your natural process.
Proper nutrition is crucial during pregnancy, labor, and delivery! Healthy choices up to your due date are 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.
An empty stomach will not support the energy you will expel during this exciting and exhilarating time 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.
You may be disappointed if you believe you’ll be taken directly into a labor and delivery room. It is necessary for the medical team to have an understanding of the progression of your labor and complete information on your intake form.