Preparing for a Natural Birth
What happens to your body during labor and childbirth? How can you prepare yourself for a successful natural birth? Is natural childbirth just a matter of trusting your body, or are there more ways to prepare? Discover the answers to these questions and more:
Let me share why getting ready for labor is one of the most important parts of preparing for your baby's arrival.
I've had five wonderful natural births. It drives me crazy when people say "you're just good at having babies" -- and believe me, after five babies, they say that a lot!
Well, yes, I'm good at it - but that's because I get ready for my baby's birth! You can have an excellent natural birth too.
Your website is almost like being in our natural childbirth class again! ~Michelle
A Natural Birth Primer
Your natural birth begins weeks before you feel the first hints of labor. A lot of birth is work you do within yourself - it's important to understand the basics of preparing for natural childbirth. Having this understanding compliments your "practical" birth knowledge (such as the stages of labor and birth and how to tell when labor is starting.)
Click above to enlarge a video on what to expect during a natural birth
The way you think about things can ifluence them. Your perceptions of natural child birth can have a big impact the outcome of your baby's birth. Take the time now to change negative thoughts and conditioning to something positive.
There's a lot you can do to find peace, comfort, and pain relief while you're birthing your baby. All of your resources will culminate in this wonderful experience - so it's good to go in prepared!
I've created a checklist of practical natural pain relief suggestions for your use. Your childbirth class skills will also come in handy - look for a class that provides you resources to have on hand during your labor.
Practicing relaxation during pregnancy is an excellent way to prepare for natural birth. It'll serve you well during labor, birth, and for the rest of your life. Visualizing the birth you want is also beneficial to your preparation - almost like a practice session! I've found relaxation and visualization to be simple, yet very powerful, tools in my birth preparation.
Birth stories are another wonderful way to prepare yourself. Reading the experiences of other women who have birthed in many different places and situations is empowering and inspiring.
A Proven Cornerstone
Good childbirth education has been proven to help women have more success with natural birth. Prenatal classes help you learn about pregnancy, labor, and birth.
Be choosy about your childbirth education! I've reviewed and attended a lot of childbirth classes and they're not all created equal! Some are horrible, some are "so-so" and some are excellent.
An increasingly popular option is home study childbirth classes. Out of all the classes available in the comfort of home, The Pink Kit, Hypnobabies, and Birth Outside the Box are my top three picks. You can't go wrong with any of these courses! They'll give you a solid grounding to build the best birth experience for you and your baby.
There are also quite a few childbirth methods being taught by instructors. I've reveiwed a few of the top childbirth methods for you. Don't hesistate to call a class instructor with any questions you have about the course.
Books are a great way to learn about pregnancy, labor, and birth. Read books that support your choice to have a healthy, aware pregnancy and a natural birth.
Let me to remind you how inspiring good natural birth stories can be! Take a look :)
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