I personally see an amazing phenomenon taking place in our communities. Women, birthing persons, and families taking back their power in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Witnessing this return to traditional ways from far and wide through the benefits of social media brings me so much joy!
You may even be here because, like me, you're one of these incredibly determined and deserving humans who are questioning the standard Obstetrical process of bringing a new baby into the world, searching for answers to improve you and your family's experience. Kudos to you for taking this vital first step!
If your goal is a natural, unmedicated, and undisturbed labor and birth: this post is absolutely for you.
3 Simple Tips for Natural Birth
From a Mother who had 2 Home Births. From a Birth Worker.
1. Shift Your Mindset... YOU CAN DO IT!
From the moment your pregnancy is public, it is extremely likely you'll experience transfers of negative energy in various ways. This can be exacerbated when you inform well-meaning friends and family that you have chosen alternative methods for yourself and your baby, such as a natural birth, a home birth, the decision to breastfeed, etc.
Set boundaries for yourself. Shield yourself from any negativity. The reality is, you are absolutely capable of having a natural birth!
2. Find the Right Support Team
You may have heard the benefits of prenatal and childbirth education, of labor support, of the improved outcomes for parents who hire doulas and birth keepers, the value in searching for a care provider (Midwife or OB/GYN) who respects you and your wishes, the importance of creating a birth plan... but this simply cannot be stressed enough! Innately, I do not believe we are meant to walk through the journey from pregnancy to parenthood alone. The individuals in your community who are devoted to improving maternal health and birth outcomes for families have done the leg work. They continue to stay up-to-date and are in the trenches of labor alongside people just like you regularly: utilize the knowledge they hold and the support they offer!
Research your options. Connect and listen to the experiences of women in your area. Hire professionals who truly care about you.
3. Prepare and Educate Yourself
This is your baby. Your body. Your choices. What happens to you and your baby during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum should be entirely up to you. Invite your partner to gather information and get involved with you. You will get out of this experience what you put into it, and you deserve the best start!
Read all the books. Attend the classes. Watch the documentaries.
Consider Home Birth. Hire a Midwife. Hire a Doula. You won't regret it.