As our understanding of anatomy, modern medicine, the mechanics of childbirth, and technology have significantly increased, more and more women are exploring the idea of a home birth with trained midwives or nurse-midwives for low-risk, healthy, normal pregnancies. This article will help increase your understanding as you move toward an informed decision.
If you're looking for more personal, less rushed care during your pregnancy, you may want to consider a midwife. The midwives' model of care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. She usually offers a variety of options and seeks to eliminate or minimize unnecessary interventions. Read on to learn more about midwifery care.
The word doula is a Greek word that means "Women's Servant." Women have been serving other women in childbirth for centuries and have proven that this support from another woman has positive effects on the labor process. When a doula was present, women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience.
If you've been reading about labor or birth and are wondering what some of the terms mean, check out list out for concise definitions and links to more information.
An Episiotomy is a surgical incision in the perineum (the area of skin between the vagina and the anus). It is the equivalent to a 2nd degree tear. Episiotomies are said to speed up the birth by up to 20 minutes.
You're now at 17-20 weeks in your pregnancy. Chances are you're visiting your caregiver once each month. You may be asked if you've felt the baby move. Read more!
Good oral hygiene is especially important for you now because pregnancy can make some dental disorders worse.
Consider staying home for most of your labor, allowing yourself the comfort of your familiar surroundings. You will be able to employ your hypnosis techniques much better in your own, quiet surroundings, and as long as there are no danger signs.
I make it very clear to my students that it is *wonderful* to have a doula as an advocate for you in the hospital, and to be a nurturing presence who knows so many ways to help labor progress if needed, etc., that they *must* be completely familiar with the philosophy, techniques, cue words, etc of your birth hypnosis program.
What to do During Your Early Birthing Time? In the beginning, you could feel excitement, doubt or extreme readiness.