Sometimes you have to try several things to find what works at that point in time. Tubs and showers are great, a birth ball, hands and knees, squatting are all known to help. With my last I had to keep walking, when I tried any of the previous mentioned I hurt but if I kept walking I was fine and feeling good.
Once transition hits and the contractions get really intense the most important thing is to stay relaxed. I have heard good things about hypnobirthing and the bradley method. I do yoga and my yoga has taught me how to relax my muscles and breathe. I used those techniques to focus and relax.
Another thing that can make pain worse is fear or mom being uncomfortable. So make your situation and surroundings comfortable for you, from your clothes to the people around you. Don't fear the pain, embrace it and go with it.
at 10:36 AM on Aug. 12, 2010