Tag Archives: childbirth

Full Moon Babies

Will we see more babies born today – when the moon is full? I am already past my due date and all the unsolicited advice givers tell me that baby girl is going to pop out when the moon is full – so in my case, today. I live in a little village in Italy […]

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Better Than Orgasmic Birth

I watched Orgasmic Birth last night, for the second time during my pregnancy. While I enjoyed it the first time I saw it, watching it yesterday did not result in what I was expecting. Instead of feeling empowered and ready for birth (which is imminent, as I am due in 9 days), I got a bit […]

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Birthing A Child (Baby’s Descent)

At my prenatal classes we’ve learnt about the first stage of labor: latent and active, and the second stage of labor. We will now move on to pushing your baby out! PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: The need to push is increasing as the baby’s head descends. Contractions might be further apart. There might be some blood expelled and bowel movements during […]

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Second Stage Of Labor

We learnt about the second stage of labor at our prenatal class yesterday. This was a continuation of the previous lessons, in which we studied the first stage of labor – latent and active. PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: The second stage of labor starts when your cervix dilates from 5 to 10 cm. Contractions are stronger and […]

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Hypnobirthing – Women Are Made To Have Babies

On the one hand it seems like I’ve been pregnant for a long time, on the other hand days are flying for me now, so it’s only logical that I prepare for childbirth. HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) caught my attention and here are my […]

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First Stage Of Labor – Latent

Today during our second prenatal class we learnt about the first (latent) stage of labor (dilation around 1 cm), which can last between a few hours to a few days! If you don’t go to a prenatal class the book Pregnancy Day By Day does a great job at describing what this stage looks like: POSSIBLE […]

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Childbirth on the Love-Making Continuum

An inspirational phrase for pregnancy is my homework for tomorrow’s prenatal lesson. I did read around 15 books on pregnancy so it is quite likely that this sentence came from one of them, anyway, here it is: Conception happens when you make love and birth is part of that love-making continuum. Isn’t that beautiful? When […]

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5 Top Birth Songs

Yes, I’m a freak, I managed to compile 500 songs for my birth playlist. But then I thought – hey, what if I had to make a CD and choose only around 20? So I did it and then I thought – there are really 5 that actually stand out and just make me want […]

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5 Surprising Ways To Give Birth

FAST – how about getting it over with in 2 minutes? Well it has happened before! A British lady delivered a healthy baby girl in less than 120 seconds after her waters broke. The mother did a lot of walking during her pregnancy and she thinks that the exercise helped the baby’s smooth delivery. No wonder my […]

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Childbirth Breathing Techniques

Although the midwife at my prenatal class said she wouldn’t teach us any particular breathing techniques for labor because our body knows how to breathe, my thirst for knowledge won. I picked up HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) and here’s what I learned about breathing techniques […]

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Perineal massage

Prenatal Classes – Lesson 1

I started my prenatal classes for natural childbirth today and here’s what I learnt: birthing and being a mom is an event you can prepare for, here are some practical things every pregnant lady should do to prepare: PERINEAL MASSAGE – locate your perineum (it’s the area between your vulva and anus). Wash and dry. Apply […]

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