I plan to have a natural birth in a hospital setting. Although a hospital is not my first choice, my group of midwives only deliver at the hospital. Because I trust them, and because I did not want to switch caregivers throughout my pregnancy, I needed to open my mind a little bit about the whole birthing process. Here are some things that I put in place that should make me successful in a natural birth.
Working with a Midwife:
Midwives are specifically trained in natural birth. It is what they do, and support. I know that even though we will be in a hospital, I have my midwife on my side to keep my beliefs in mind, while doing what is best for my baby.
Working with a Doula:
Doulas are also great, especially in a hospital. Having a support system who can help you navigate, and advocate for yourself, can help you keep to the plan that you want.
Keeping it Natural:
I am going to be relying on breathing and relaxation techniques. Once we start to numb out our bodies with an epidural, we begin to give up a little bit of our own power. The epidural will often slow contractions. Once the contractions are slowing down, sometimes a doctor will want to give pitocin, to “help things along”, causing very strong contractions. This stress can put the baby in distress, and that can lead to a very different birth experience. This is not to say I am completely against getting an epidural, or any other woman getting an epidural. But it is my plan to work with my own body to work through labor.
The more fit and healthy you are, the easier this whole process will be. Staying within healthy weight limits, keeping good blood pressure, and exercising all will help to facilitate a natural birth.
Taking a birth class:
I wanted to take a fancy class at a yoga studio, but it was just too much money to spend right now, before the baby comes! So, my hubby and I opted for the class at the hospital, as a more affordable option. The woman who taught the class was pro-natural birth, and pro-breastfeeding, which was very encouraging. However, she also talked about complications very honestly. I think that this is equally important. It is great to have the birth that you want planned out step-by-step, but things can happen…and sometimes plans change. It’s nice to know what you might be expecting, if things don’t go as expected.
Yoga is awesome, whether you are pregnant or not! But especially in pregnancy, it can serve as a wonderful low-impact exercise. It is also a way to learn how to breathe, relax, and bond with your baby.
Keeping an open mind, if any interventions are needed:
I know I want a natural birth, and I have done everything in my power to prepare for that experience. However, I know part of my job as a mom is to take the best care of myself, and my baby, even if things start go go astray from my preferences. I trust my body, and my caregivers. I know all that is meant to be, will be.