When I work with a pregnant woman, I tell her that she can birth with comfort, ease and grace, be totally in control of her response to labor and enjoy her birth. I tell her that pain is NOT a given, that she can ease her baby down without hard pushing. I tell her to plan on needing no intervention, that she can expect to feel GREAT after birth, recover quickly and most likely be experiencing euphoric states, bliss and love. I say this because this is what I usually SEE with women I help.
THE FORMULA: 1. Identify and release fears, conscious and unconscious; 2. Practice daily to condition your mind/body for complete relaxation; 3. Practice daily the long slow surge breathing we learn in class; 4. Fully embrace self-pictures of birthing powerfully and naturally as nature intended; 5. Shun all negative descriptions and stories about childbirth. (This means verbal, written and media. If it’s not what you’re wanting, don’t go there!) 6. Secure a care-provider who has a proven track record in natural birth and will honor your request for a safe intervention-free natural birth; 7. Enjoy a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Although almost any healthy woman can have a beautiful natural birth at home or in the hospital, it is not something that will be handed to you. Our culture of birth-fear coupled with the induction/epidural/cesarean epidemic demands that we plan and work hard for what should come naturally. For more information about a fear-free natural birth, educate yourself at these great websites:
hypnobirthing.com and also