Childbirth is intuitive, which is why you already know how to give birth. Your body knows exactly what to do, and your thinking brain gets in the way.
While every method claims to be “the way” to a healthy, and satisfying birth experience, there is no one size fits all. You get to explore your views, how you feel, and what safety, health and satisfaction mean to you.
Moreover, think about how we have survived as a species, long before Google, Smart phones, Facebook, and all the other ways we search for answers. The wisdom of giving birth is within you, if you are a woman. Women have been giving birth since humans have been in existence.
Nowadays, with all the information at our fingertips, and advanced medicine, outcomes for the MotherBaby can improve dramatically. Preparing for birth and beyond will give you tools, and insight, and can also help you shape realistic expectations.
Notably, you are the chooser, and the creator of your experience. Birth is not linear, as life is not linear. What you focus on expands, and becomes your experience. In detail , you can read all the books, practice all the breathing, hire a doula, take a childbirth class, read all the positive birth stories and watch all the amazing birth videos.
At the end of the day, what you believe, what you know, and how well supported and respected you are will ultimately influence outcomes.
If you are considering a childbirth preparation course here are the four most popular methods.
The Lamaze method has changed over the years. They used to be known for particular breathing patterns. Today’s focus is on the Six Healthy Birth Practices. It is all about confidence, support and feeling powerful.
Bradley method is most known for the husband coached approach. The goal of the course is for you to have a natural birth. It is usually a 12 week course that prepares you for this goal. There is an extensive workbook with lots of illustrations.
This has become a very popular birth preparation method. You will learn and practice breathing, visualization, and meditation. Focus on nutrition is also emphasized. All of these things will help you to relax between contractions and to cope with labor. You are learning self-hypnosis to rid yourself of the stories of pain and fear you may have heard from other women.
Hypnobabies provides tapes with scripts for Moms to practice while pregnant, to retrain their sub-conscious minds. The goal is for the brain to create a new perception about pain.There is curriculum to go along with the hypnosis training. Lots of information for you if you are curious to know more about hypnosis, and how it works.