As my pregnancy and the joys of the pregnant growing belly are nearing to an end I am preparing for labor and delivery.
TYPES OF DELIVERIES
Quite early on I became aware of the fact that “each mode of delivery may be retained in emotional or cellular memory, influencing personality and actions throughout lifetime” thanks to Pre-Parenting: Nurturing Your Child from Conception. For example a vaginal delivery plants in the baby a healthy sense of self, feeling in control of one’s life, optimism and makes them an active doer, whereas cesarean section impacts the child with a tendency to feel helpless under stress, often being sensitive to being interrupted and possible suffering from cuddle hunger (an inordinate need for touch).
I’ve been focusing on natural labor and delivery from the very beginning of my pregnancy and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth has made a huge impression on me and empowered me with thoughts such as: “Women are beautifully and admirably designed to give birth” or “A change of position, attitude, or atmosphere in the birth room, and a host of other factors can utterly change the inner sensations of labor.” I studied affirmations for childbirth in order to have a tool that could immediately change my attitude during labor if something doesn’t go according to plan. I learnt to think of giving birth as part of the love-making continuum and therefore prepared a list of the best songs for labor. I studied hypnobirthing and other mothers’ empowering stories proving that women are made to have babies.
I attend childbirth classes, in which so far we’ve learnt about
- the first stage of labor: latent and active;
- the second stage of labor (including birthing your baby);
- the third stage of labor (placenta delivery).
We also learnt about various exercises to be performed in order to prepare the body for the big day:
BIRTH PREPARATION EXERCISES
Here are the things I am doing diligently in order to prepare my body for the birth of my baby:
While I do have the perfect birth scenario in my head, I realize that sometimes you just need to embrace your birth experience, however it turns out. I read about surprising ways to give birth and I did a labor prediction quiz for fun, I packed my hospital bag (which for some of the funny ways to birth would not be necessary) and I am awaiting my baby’s arrival with great enthusiasm. Call me crazy but I simply can’t wait for that first contraction!
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