Tips to Prepare for Natural, Unmedicated Birth - Part One
Clients and friends always ask me, “How did you have 3 kids with no medication, and you had one at home! WOW.”
Well I’m finally about to tell you how. From my personal and birth doula experience I learned some skills that could help mothers prepare for unmedicated birth. Generally first time moms are afraid of the unknown. Afraid of the pain and what to expect from contractions when labor starts. I understand this because I was afraid too, but I also seriously didn’t want any pain medication. Therefore, I had to figure out how to go through with it.
There are things you can do of course, but this post is more the prerequisite to any classes or style you would want to go with, like Hypnobirthing for example. The major takeaway is you have too mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepare yourself.
Like you would the SAT, LSAT, MCAT, or buying a house. You have to prepare for months for things you want to succeed in and Natural Birth is no different.
If you want to want to have a unmedicated birth or are pregnant anyway keep reading…
Once you find out you are pregnant, pregnancy becomes your top priority! Nothing else matters; work takes a back seat, social requirements are no longer required, long trips became fewer, late nights are done. You can still work of course, but your health, relaxation, peace of mind is your main focus, and if work doesn’t align with that I would suggest consider how you can make that a possibility. If possible, try to lower your work load or take advantage of your PTO
What are you willing to change for the birth experience you want? I am not saying you do this and you will have a perfect birth but at least you can say you gave it your all and you throughly prepared yourself.
Preparing for labor again is analogous to preparing for a major exam. Have you wondered how women give birth at home, in the fields, at the birth center, in hospital with no medication? They are surprisingly not any different from you? They have the same body parts as you, but the main thing is they prepared, prepared, prepared.
They showed up for themselves, believed and trusted in what God created them to be. That is the secret. It is nothing more than a mental trip. They made this birthing experience their top priority. They thought about it everyday, read books, articles, talked to people, researched, and studied birth like they were preparing for an exam. This is the level of intensity it will require.
As a doula, my biggest heartache is seeing the defeat in my mothers’ eyes. Here is how you maintain your focus:
I hope this was helpful. My main request is to please mamas, spend more time preparing for labor, leave the baby shower planning to family and friends, you are undergoing a life changing event sis you have to be present and show up.
Don’t be afraid because you are made for this and will be just fine! The next blog will be on how to prepare physically for birth which will compliment your mental and spiritual preparedness. Stay tuned!
If you are ready to work, I am excited to be your doula.
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- Charissa Young
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Yoga Teacher