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My favorite thing I heard during this experience was when a woman asked
how many people were permitted in the delivery room at the time of
birth. Her attending midwife replied, “birth is not a spectator sport.”
Natural birthing techniques are non-invasive procedures that help
women naturally accept pain and move past that pain to experience
everything labor and delivery has to offer. Some women find the
experience empowering and others are overwhelmed.
It goes without saying that prenatal care is important to the healthy
growth and development of a baby. In fact, one of the very first things
most women do when they suspect they may be pregnant is make an
appointment with their gynecologist.
If you have made the decision that you are going to go the unmedicated
route, you will have another important decision to make: will you go for
Lamaze or the Bradley Method?
Being in the delivery room with my four children is something I own like a badge of courage. Most of the attention will be on mom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t
prepare for the stress and anxiety you’re about to experience.
If you’re like most men, one of the feelings that overcomes you when
you first find out your partner is pregnant is fear. There’s good news, however: she’s not going to break. In fact, a woman’s
body is designed specifically for this purpose.
Labor classes like Lamaze are available for women who want to ease labor pain and learn techniques for self control and self awareness during the birthing process. Other birthing classes include the Bradley method, Leboyer method and breastfeeding classes.
Most hospitals offer breastfeeding classes and consultations at the time
of birth for mothers interested in learning about breastfeeding
methods. Classes are typically held before birth, but a lactation
consultant may be available to talk with you after birth.
Childbirth seems to defy the laws of physics. When you think about your size now and then, picture an eight-pound baby making his way out of you, and it’s hard not to wince in pain.
We’ve all seen the classic couple preparing for pregnancy in famous TV shows and movies. They’re sitting on the floor together in Lamaze class, dramatically breathing in and out together like they’re preparing to go into space instead of the maternity ward.
Several things can be done to induce labor naturally that might make you have contractions and start your labor, but they'll only work if your body is ready.
As the pregnancy comes to a close, there are signs and symptoms mom will need to look for in order to recognize the beginning of labor.
A cesarean section is an operative delivery done by cutting through the mother's abdomen and uterus and delivering the baby through the incision.
An epidural anesthesia is also known as a 'regional' anesthesia because the pain relief is localized in the lower part of your body. But there are several other types of anesthesia in labor.