Your body already knows how to do this. The wisdom is wound in your DNA. Relax, release, and trust. Your birth will unfold in the most efficient and natural way.
Please attend a childbirth education class, if you have not experienced a natural birth. Hypnobirthing, Bradley Method, Hypnobabies, and general group or in-home classes taught by doulas are all wonderful options. My favorite class is taught by Rose Day, herself a homebirther, several times over! Please call her to schedule your class. Rose is also a doula. (480) 251-0913
Speaking of doulas, please hire one! Check out these statistics:
- 50% reduction in the cesarean rate
- 25% shorter labor
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 40% reduction in oxytocin use
- 30% reduction in analgesia use
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
Information was obtained from Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can HelpYou Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).
Also, if you hire a doula, your midwife offers a $100 discount!
Water is an amazing healer, and submerging your body in warm water in labor will provide much comfort and relaxation. We recommend renting a birth tub with jets and its own heat source. You can rent these from www.babydeliverease.com, www.caroldenney.com, or buy your own sturdy, inflatable birth tub at www.yourwaterbirth.com.