Some women wait their entire lives for the moment when they become a mother. Giving birth is one of the most thrilling experiences in life, but it’s also one of the scariest, and most uncomfortable. That’s why we’re sharing some natural childbirth tips and techniques, such as using a cervical dilator set from Sinclair Institute, to help you create the birth experience you want.
Create a Birth Plan
Deciding how you want to give birth is important. Many women choose not to use drugs or epidurals during childbirth, and that choice has become known as natural childbirth. It’s not an easy choice, but it can be done. If this is the route you choose to go, you’ll want to prepare. Items such as a cervical dilator set and techniques such as lamaze breathing can help. Here are some of the main things you need to do when creating a solid birth plan.
- Find a health care provider that supports your choice for a natural childbirth
- Have a plan for dealing with the pain of childbirth without drugs. Good options include water, as in a birthing pool or tub, massage, and hot compresses.
- Create a relaxing environment. This can include warm blankets, music, essential oils to reduce stress, and candles.
- Consider hiring a doula to help you through the laboring process.
Breathing through the pain is key during a natural childbirth. Most people are pretty familiar with the term “Lamaze” breathing, but really any combination of patterned breathing exercise will work. Here’s how to do it.
- When each contraction begins, slowly take a deep breath and try to relax your body’s muscles as you slowly let the air back out. Focus all of your attention on your breathing.
- Continue to breathe. Slowly inhale through your nose for five seconds and exhale through your mouth, while counting to eight. It might help you maintain your focus if you count out loud. Pause and repeat until the contraction is over.
- Take a cleansing breath.
- Slowly take a deep breath in. When you breathe out, make a “hee” sound three times, followed by one long “hoo” sound.
- When the contraction ends, return to your normal breathing again.
- Breathe normally until you feel the irresistible need to push.
- Then take a deep breath. Hold the air in while you push hard for 5-7 seconds.
- Exhale any remaining air after pushing, then and breathe normally until you feel the next strong urge to push.
- Keep repeating the process until the baby is born.
Choosing natural childbirth is a brave choice, but you won’t regret it! You can enjoy birthing your child while putting in the hard work. Good luck!