BBL 022: Avoiding Induction and Preventing Fatigue During Labor

Alarming numbers of mothers are being induced today. Many of the moms contacting me have had two or three babies – and have never gone into labor naturally! Other moms share a related concern: maternal or uterine exhaustion during labor. How do you prevent these situations and have a safe, natural birth? I address those questions and give some observations on birth and bonding that I've made recently in this episode.

In this episode I cover:

  • The question of why animal mothers get better treatment than human mothers
  • Realistic expectations for your due date
  • Why you should avoid induction – even with herbs, castor oil, and other “natural” methods
  • Exact steps to take during pregnancy to be sure you go into labor all on your own
  • Which old wive's tales you should skip (and which ones to try)
  • How to avoid “maternal exhaustion” or “tired uterus” during labor

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Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website and helping families through her online childbirth class

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