We’ve known for years that squatting during the pushing stage of labor opens the pelvis and helps provide more room for the baby to be born.
If you want to know all of your options so that you can decide what sort of birth you would like to have, then you need a course that will explain your options. The cliché, “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any” is totally appropriate in this context.
Mindfulness. It’s probably THE catchword of the decade and its popularity is only on the upswing. What is it? What does it have to do with childbirth? How can I use it for parenting? How is it different from hypnobirthing?
There is SO much information on the internet and, coupled with specialized pages on Facebook and advice from girlfriends who have already made the transition to motherhood with a wide range of opinions (remember – they are opinions!!), we may feel daunted by all the things we might be made to feel we need to do, otherwise we might be harming our baby.
What to pack for the hospital…
The place where you choose to give birth, together with the caregiver of your choice, are the two factors that will most impact on the course of a normal labor and your satisfaction with your birth experience. These may be difficult choices for you and, while you may hear a variety of positive and negative experiences from friends and acquaintances, your choices are personal and reflect who you are and what you want out of your birth experience.