I want to challenge the stigma that giving birth is painful. For thousands of years, women have been having birth without the intervention of modern medications. If it were really as bad as everyone says now a days, then how would we have survived as a species?
As a nurse, I am the first to admit that medical intervention has its time and place during the labor and delivery process. In most cases however, giving birth (and pregnancy in general) is actually a sign of health, and no intervention is necessary.
On the contrary, early on medical intervention is usually what leads to the cascade of complications and eventual surgical interventions.
I was fortunate enough to give birth to two lovely little babies without any pain medication. One of the births was under very unusual circumstances and yet painless.
My son was born full term — a healthy baby boy at 6 pounds 5 ounces. Nothing at all was unusual with his birth — a completely uncomplicated birth with no medical intervention at all. My daughter was born at only 28 weeks gestation, so she is known as a “preemie”. She was only 2 pounds 14 ounces at birth. It was a difficult, but not for the reasons you might think.
My cervix was fully dilated for 10 hours as I laid upside down. The doctors tried to stall my birth as much as possible because every hour in the womb counts for a preemie baby. I did not receive an epidural, and yet I did not find it painful. The part that was most difficult was that I was not able to do what my body wanted to do because of the medications they gave me to slow down the labor. So you might ask how is this woman able to have a completely pain-free birth without medications and under those circumstances?
I used a technique called hypnobirthing.
I began preparing for the birthing process about 2 months prior to the actual birth. The practice included daily meditation and affirmations. By the time my son was born, I felt completely prepared to give birth. I knew that it was the most natural thing for me and my baby, and I felt completely confident going into it.
Hypnobirthing Step 1: Release the Fear of Pain
The very first step in hypnobirthing is to actually to release the fear that birth is painful. So that is where I began on my hypnobirthing journey. I did take a class with a teacher that helped me do this. I had a couple of hypnosis sessions to start reprogramming my subconscious mind. Every week I watched natural painless births to eradicate the idea from my brain that birth is this dramatic painful experience which is what I regularly saw in the media.
Hypnobirthing Step 2: Learn Breathing Techniques
The second step is to practice and learn the breathing techniques. This part is really the hallmark of hypnobirthing. The process really focuses on learning the breathing techniques that you will use through the different stages of birth. By mastering these breathing techniques, you literally breathe your baby down along the birth path.
Hypnobirthing Step 3: Affirmations
The third step is the daily affirmation practice. Every morning I would begin with the affirmations. Here are some of my favorites that I used:
“My baby moves easily and naturally down the birth path”
“Birthing my baby is easy because I am so relaxed and confident”
“I love my body and my baby”
Hypnobirthing Step 4: Meditation
The fourth step to a birth is the daily meditation practice. I used the hypnobirthing guided rainbow meditation every single night before going to bed. According to my hypnobirthing instructor, it was okay to listen to right before bed and fall asleep to it.
Hypnobirthing Step 5: Birth!
Have your baby! During the actual birth, I did not use any meditations or affirmations. I simply played my favorite music and all of the reprogramming had already been done in the months prior.
These are the steps that helped me to have a painless birth. I encourage you to use these techniques so that you can have a painless un-medicated birth. If you know someone who would benefit from this article, please share it with them.
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