According to world famous researcher and obstetrician Michel Odent, there are four tips towards achieving the birth you want. You know what's amazing. The tips he talks about are free, and have to do with YOUR BRAIN.
Before we send you over to his article, I will say a few things. What we know is that support is key. Having a consistent, educated, aware support person can be critical for a pregnant person to last through a challenging birth experience. A support person like a caring partner, or doula can help you remain focused, provide alternatives when you need pain relief, and help you navigate hospital policies.
Partners also need support. When a birthing person knows their partner can comfortably run to the washroom, grab a snack and a coffee, and recharge, while a doula stays with them, they can feel settled in knowing they don't need to caretake for the partner during labour. I've had birthing women say between contractions, "I need to know he's eating, and taking breaks." Doulas can also encourage partners to be involved with hands on comfort measures, and other active jobs during a birth. Partners like to feel useful. Helpless is a hard place for partners. Sometimes they just need a little direction.
Three other things you can do to help your birth:
-Eat and Drink (click here for safety info!)
-Pee. Your bladder will get in the way of your uterus, stall progress and can make contractions less tolerable.
-Be active. Active births can be faster and offer better main management.
Finally, to hear from the experts....for Michel Odent's four tips, click here.
To learn about how a doula can support your birth, check out my services page, or email me for a free, no obligation coffee date to talk about how a doula can support you during birth.
Jackie Anger is a London, Ontario doula, a mama to an amazing toddler, a community advocate, and a lover of coffee.