Nov
11
2011
Posted by Crystal

Most of you all know by now that I’m planning to deliver this baby NATURAL for my first time. That’s right, no drugs with this childbirth. What you may NOT know is that I’m also planning to have this baby in the comfort of my own home.

I know what you’re thinking…

WHAT! YOU’RE CRAZY! That’s not safe.

Well, before you get all judgmental on me, let me explain my reasoning’s
First of all, I literally live 5 minutes from a hospital, and second of all, I’m not opposed to going to the hospital if complications arise. My midwives come prepared with an emergency back-up plan. Items they bring: include oxygen, IV, suturing materials, drugs to control hemorrhage, and neonatal resuscitation equipment.

That being said, I really don’t expect anything to go wrong. I’m visualizing a safe, and beautiful natural homebirth.

In the past I have really enjoyed my hospital stay after giving birth. Seemed to be a nice place to relax and recover. It was also nice having help with the baby from the nurses at night. But I’ve just decided that a homebirth is the best way for me to go this time around. Probably the main reasons include:

•    I won’t be tempted to get the epidural if I’m at home. I won’t have that option, and I REALLY want to have this baby natural.

•    I can have a water birth and I have the choice to deliver in any position I choose, instead of being confined to a bed laying flat on my back. I’ve read that squatting is a more natural position for childbirth and lying on your back is one of the worst. Makes labor more intense and pushing even harder, but it’s the best position for the doctor so that’s why it’s being done this way.

•    I won’t have to be away from my kids and they can be more a part of the whole experience. I’m not planning on having them in the room when I deliver, but I’d love to have them there as much as possible after baby arrives. Also, my husband won’t have to leave me to take the kids home for the night. We can all stay together the whole time.

•    Less risk of germs and infections. Even though I’m sure they take all sorts of precautions at the hospital. I can’t help but think of all the different people who come in and out of each room, the blood, ew! I never dared walk barefoot in my hospital room. I always had socks on, but then when I’d get back in bed I would think of all the germs on my socks that I’m putting into my own bed. Then to use the bathroom and the shower… I just felt like I was using a gas station bathroom. Maybe I’m just a bit of a germ freak.

“Homebirth is safer because the infection rate at homebirths is less than half of that at hospital births. There are several reasons for this: the baby is born with antibodies that were passed from the mother to the placenta.  This includes immunity to the family’s household germs.  Your new baby is protected from hospital-acquired infections at home.  In addition, because mothers and babies are kept together all the time, the baby’s immature immune system functions optimally. Also, this constant mother-baby interaction fosters successful breastfeeding, which is your baby’s best protection against infection.  Since midwives provide continuity of care and comprehensive mother/baby care, they can provide a level of care that is not possible with the assembly-line care provided in hospitals.”
Information from www.gentlebirth.org

•    I’ll be able to relax more being in my own home. Don’t have to worry about what I’ll need to bring to the hospital. I’ll have everything I might need here with me.  I’ll have more privacy and less random people coming in and out of my room every 15 minutes.

“In childbirth education classes, you learn about the fear-tension-pain cycle, where fear increases the tension, which increases the pain, which increases the fear, etc. until a woman is in terrible pain.  The opposite cycle could be called the confidence-relaxation-comfort cycle where the more confident you are, the better able you are to relax and the more comfortable you’ll be, which increases your confidence, etc.  This allows your body to take advantage of endorphins, which are the natural pain relief that your body provides in natural childbirth.  As a laboring woman’s body produces more oxytocin to increase the contractions, she also produces more endorphins for pain relief. I’ve seen women become more and more relaxed as their labor progresses and their endorphin levels climb to provide wonderful pain relief.  Being in your own home increases your confidence and allows you to relax into your labor very nicely. And, of course, if you have one of the beautiful birthing tubs set up, that provides marvelous pain relief.”
Information from www.gentlebirth.org

•    It will just be a more intimate experience. It’s a much more relaxed setting and everything goes slower after birth. The baby isn’t whisked away for unnecessary bathing, weighing, ect. You get the time for immediate bonding and breastfeeding without any disruptions.

The more I’m learning about natural homebirth, the more excited I am about this new experience. Can’t wait to share it with you all. I’m sure I’ll have lots of pictures and video footage to show you.

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Sep
19
2011
Posted by Crystal

“Everyone Says Childbirth Is The Most Painful Experience, Yet Thousands Of Women Birth ConfidentlyComfortably and Without Pain.”

Well that’s comforting. Natuaral Childbirth WITHOUT pain?

I’ve heard plenty of good things about hypnobirthing and thought I better give it a try. I looked around online and found a great birth relaxation kit that I’ve started using the last couple of weeks. And I even found this one to be the best price compared to the other kits out there.

It’s supposed to help eliminate fear which is what I desperately need, and teach you deep relaxation techniques.

“Through hypnosis, positive affirmations, and deeply relaxing music with subliminal messages, you can unlearn and eliminate fears about childbirth ingrained in you from years of negative media portrayal. You will birth confidently as you tap into your natural and intuitive knowledge about pregnancy, childbirth and mothering…

Once you eliminate fears and gain the ability to relax when you want, your body will be in the most receptive state to have an easier, faster and more comfortable birth.”

 

Every night before I go to sleep I’ve been listening to these audios with my ipod, I even got Sean to listen to one with me :) and I’m already feeling better about the idea of going natural.

I’ve always been a little skeptical about hypnosis, mostly because I once tried to be hypnotized and it didn’t work at all. I was with my sisters and I couldn’t stop laughing the whole time, I was only 12, so maybe that had something to do with it :) . Well, the more I’ve read up on it, the more I believe that it can help with many aspects of life.  Listening to these positive affirmations regularly can train your brain to think differently.

Here are some interesting facts on hypnosis.

 

Hypnosis F.A.Q.

 

Does Hypnosis Really Reduce Pain In Childbirth?

 

Yes!  Study after study shows that hypnosis combined with childbirth education leads to positive birth outcomes! Women use less epidurals….little or no painkillers….rated lower pain scores….have a much shorter first stage of labor!

 

Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?

 

Yes!  Have you ever driven to work without thinking how you got there? You knew the route so well that you could lose yourself in thought? That is hypnosis! You actually experience this “trance” several times a day, while cooking, cleaning, working, or driving. When you do a guided or self hypnosis session, you are simply achieving this “trance” state on purpose. In the “trance” state, you can focus on positive messages and images that will help you achieve this is real-life!

 

How Does Hypnosis Work for Childbirth?

 

When you are in that “trance” state or that profound state of relaxation, you are very open to suggestions and learning.  It is in that state that you can unlearn fears you may have about pain, long labor or other concerns!  Using guided imagery during hypnosis will help you envision your birth experience exactly how you want it to be.  When you focus your subconscious mind on something while in a hypnotic state, such as a positive birth, you will achieve your outcome!  Practicing guided imagery or hypnosis regularly during pregnancy will stop the fear-tension-pain cycle that is so common during childbirth!

 

Is Hypnosis The Same As Sleep?

 

Hypnosis is different from sleep.  Hypnosis is similar to the alpha state you experience when you are crossing over from awake to asleep at night, or asleep to awake in the morning.  When you enter a hypnotic state, you are in a state of profound relaxation. But you are still conscious of everything that is going on around you!

 

Is A Person Who Is Hypnotized Still In Control?

 

Yes! At all times!  Sometimes people associate hypnosis with those silly antics where the hypnotist on stage makes someone bark or act like a monkey.  This is far from the case!All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis.  In other words, you choose to relax, you choose to deepen that relaxation and you choose to be open to suggestion.   When you are in a hypnotic state, you are fully conscious and in control of your mind and body.  The hypnotist or hypnotherapist is simply an experienced guide.

For more information on this Birth Relaxation kit just go to www.birthrelaxationkit.com or find them on Facebook.


 
Aug
10
2011
Posted by Crystal

I never thought I’d be one to consider childbirth without drugs. I think it’s safe to say that I’m a bit of a woosy when it comes to pain. I do however, TRY to live a more natural lifestyle. Never been the type to be too extreme, but I’d definitely choose natural home remedies before any kind of drugs. I believe in eating healthy, organic as much as possible. I juice regularly, and do a cleanse about every 4 months (when I’m not pregnant of course). I’m also a huge advocate of drinking a meal replacement protein shake every morning for breakfast (my favorite is the Isagenix Isalean shakes) to be sure I’m getting plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals.

So when I was pregnant with my first, I considered going natural…

…for about 2 minutes.

With my second I didn’t consider it at all, but just so happens my epidural stopped working just in time for me to push out a 9 1/2 lb baby.

I thought I was going to die. Very painful, but then again, not quite as bad as I had imagined. I think I was scared more than anything. Plus, the recovery was MUCH easier for some reason. This experience also gave me the confidence that maybe I COULD do it naturally.

Now most people, including myself would say, “why endure pain if you don’t have to”?

Well that was before I took the time to research it a little more. Started by watching the documentary, Business of Being Born. Here’s the trailer, you MUST watch it.

I realized that my past desicions were all based on ignorance and fear. I never took the time to actually learn about childbirth, I was doing what everyone else seemed to be doing without second thought of the alternative. Natural childbirth was never even something my doctor wanted to talk about.

I’ve learned there is so much more to having a baby naturally than just pure horror and pain. Not that I know from experience… YET, but I’ve heard it’s the most amazing and empowing experience a women could have.

Not only do I want to have that experience, but I’m dealthy afraid of that epidural. I would dare say that getting that tube shoved up my spine was the hardest part of the whole thing for me, and my back has never been the same since. I still have pain there and get a sharp tingly feeling anytime I’m massaged in that spot.

Here are a few interesting facts about natural childbirth.

  • Quicker recovery for mother and baby
  • Shorter labor
  • More effective pushing, shorter pushing time
  • Less tearing of the perineum
  • Lower Cesarean rate
  • Less chance of damage to baby’s brain due to drugs or misused forceps or vacuum
  • Less chance of bodily harm to baby from forceps or vacuum
  • Less need for interventions such as internal fetal monitor, continuous monitoring, IV, catheter
  • Mother can move freely and get in comfortable position
  • Mother can squat to push, which makes pushing easier and shorter
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Baby is alert and reactive to environment
  • Baby is more coordinated
  • Baby can latch on better and more quickly for breastfeeding moms
  • Mother is in control of her body and can use instinct to birth the baby
  • Mother is unmedicated and can bond more easily with her child
  • No risk of prolonged pain from botched epidural or from Cesarean wound
  • No long-term negative developmental or behavioral effects on the baby

Information from Natural Childbirth.

To tell you the truth, I did feel a little disappointed after giving birth my first time. I was expecting so much more. I thought… that was it??? I didn’t really do anything. I thought I would be left with an overwhelming feeling of, WOW—- I’m pretty darn amazing :)

Don’t get me wrong, every mother is amazing for all that comes with motherhood starting with the 9 months of pregnancy. That alone is something to be forever cherished and praised. I just can’t help but feel that I’m missing out on a life changing experience.

A few things I’ve learned from having babies in hospitals and using traditional doctors.

  1. You don’t get ANY support when you’re in labor and they definitely don’t promote natural childbirth. It’s get in, get out, as fast as possible.
  2. Making the decision to go natural is something you need to decide on well before you enter the hospital. You can’t go in thinking, “we’ll see how it goes”. You will most likely go for the epidural when no preparation or commitment is involved.
  3. Coaching is a must, weather you hire a Doula, invite your mom or sister to be there, or simply take classes with your husband so he knows how to best support you through the labor.

So I’ve made my decision and I’m sticking to it. I’ve already been seeing a midwife, her name is Melissa Mayo who has been delivering babies at home for over 20 years. I’ve also found a great Doula, Becky Overson who has 17 years experience as a massage therapist and specializes in supporting women in labor.

My husband supports my decision whole heartedly and I know I can count on him for additional support. I’m so excited about this new endeavor but scared out of my mind. I’ve got 4 months to prepare myself mentally, so I’ve been reading a ton on natural childbirth and different techniques like hypnobirthing.

I will be sure to document this experience and share it with you all. What I need right now is major support and positive affirmations to keep me focused on the goal. Please, no horror stories :) Thank you so much!