I am delivering at a hospital with midwives and am planning on a natural childbirth. I plan to do most of my laboring at home, since that is what they recommend. What helped you during your natural childbirth? I have been reading a ton (Birthing from Within, Ina May's guide to Childbirth) but I won't be taking Bradley or Lamaze, as Bradley isn't offered in my area. Thanks.
Asked by Anonymous at 1:35 PM on Feb. 2, 2009 in Pregnancy
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I think you are on the right track by reading up on a lot of different methods. Practice the techniques that seem to resonate for you. I found the Bradley method and hypnobirthing to be the methods I used the most of. I mostly meditated during my contractions and focused on consciously relaxing all my other muscles during contractions. I focused on one contraction at a time and gave myself a little pep talk through each one (just a little longer, you can do it!!) Dh was specifically instructed not to try to give me any direction but to limit his role to cheerleader for me and interfacing with hospital staff so I could focus on what I needed to do. Hot water was great, I liked the shower much better than the tub.
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