Current Blog Manager


A bit about me: I took over the Au Natural's check in and Blog in my 34th week of pregancy with my first baby. We are Team Green and giving birth at Ina May Gaskin's "The Farm Community". After much searching, I had a hard time finding a provider who was truly supportive of my natural birth goals here in my home state of Rhode Island. So after reading Ina May's books, it seemed the choice was clear for us.

I look forward to sharing my stories and learning about yours as we go through my last few weeks as an expectant mom and make the transformation into motherhood.

Birth Mamas Check-in Group

The purpose of this group is to motivate and encourage other moms trying to achieve their goal of having a med-free and/or intervention free birth experience.

I'll try to post a check-in everyday on the 3rd tri board with a link on the 2nd tri. Feel free to add links on any other boards you feel it might be useful. If you have suggestions or a question you’d like to see the group answer PM and I’ll likely use it in the near future as I’m sure I’ll run out of questions. Remember, even if you've checked in and responded to the days question check back throughout the day to see what the other members are sharing.

If you're interested in joining the group just respond to any of the check-ins with your EDD, team and any information you'd like to share regarding your birth location or choice of method. If you have a birth story to share please send me the link too and I'll include that here in our roster information.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Advice from a 2x Natural Birth Mama on How to Achieve a Natual Birth

For those of you planning a natural birth by oflower1:

Most of the women in my life who know about my birth experiences often ask about how I was able to do it without drugs. Here is what I tell them.

1. Education. I attended classes, read books, and tried to become as familiar as possible with the birth process and also my choices and rights as a L&D patient.

2. Support. I chose caregivers that were passionate about natural childbirth. We didn't even really review my birth plan because I knew that they were already supportive of my wishes.

3. No fear. This is really important. The less you are afraid of the process, the easier it will be. Most times when you are afraid, you tense up. Being tense can slow labor (this is why sometimes an epidural will speed things up - because it helps you relax). This is especially hard for a 1st time mother since you don't know what to expect. But try to relax and trust your body to do what it's meant to do. Your classes, books, etc. should hopefully give you the confidence you need.

4. Practice. DH and I practiced various birth scenarios in the months leading up to the birth. He knew what to suggest if I was nauseous, had back pain, needed to reposition the baby, etc. We were committed to this together and it also helped DH feel like he was a real part of the birth experience.

5. Push through the pain. Delivering a baby is pretty painful. The good news is, if it really burns and hurts, you're about finished! Not pushing through the pain is just going to prolong the inevitable :-) Hopefully your caregiver is doing a perineal massage or using warm compresses during this point to help you not tear. But really - it will be over soon!

6. Ignore all of the negative comments leading up to the birth. If I had a dollar for every "you'll be begging for the epidural" comment I received going into my 1st birth, I'd be rich. Every woman, body, and birth is different. If you are really passionate about giving it a go without meds, that is your choice and you really can do it. Don't let other women scare you. Every birth is unique. Some choose to get the epidural and some don't - the beauty of it is that it's your choice!

Good luck!