Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Preparing myself for a home birth

I did my research on home births and felt this was the best choice for me.

I gathered up all the supplies I needed, including a birthing tub.

I made sure E was ready.

Now what?
Prepare for a no-fault birth...
If you confidently participate in all the decisions made during your labour and delivery - even those that were not in your birth plan - you are likely to look upon your birth with no blame and no regrets. ~ William and Martha Sears

Throughout my pregnancy I did a lot of reading. Some of it old, some new. Since I gave birth to E unmedicated and planned to do this again, I felt I needed to be more mentally prepared. An advantage during your first birth experience in my opinion is how naive you are. The advantage to a second birth is your experience because you know what to expect. However, this can also be a disadvantage. You need to be prepared to cope through the pain. I forgot the pain, but not how it made me feel. I knew I could do it, but I wanted to calm and prepare myself to make this birthing experience as easy on myself as possible. Preparing my body and mind for birth was one of the most important things on my to-do list.

I re-read some books that were a huge help in preparing for my first birth. These included HypnoBirthing by Marie Mongan, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Birthing from Within by Pam England and Calm Birth by Robert Newman. It was amazing to me how much more they made sense to me after having experienced a birth. I was also able to pick up some new pointers on comfort measures that I had skimmed over the first time. HypnoBirthing has remained my ultimate favorite book on childbirth preparation. I believe in the philosophy behind it and although I did not practice it's technique to the very fullest - it was the most helpful and beneficial practice for me in both of my birthing experiences. I love it so much that I would love to teach it. I wish all pregnant woman could benefit from the deep meanings and technics of a hypnobirth.

Motivation is closely tied to your intent and your self-image. It is said that a woman births pretty much the same way that she lives life. ~ Marie Mongan

During my pregnancy with E I was really active, on purpose, to ensure that I stayed fit and healthy for both of us and to be physically prepared for birth. This time around, I was only active from chasing E around. I did however, learn about the benefits of the Tupler Technique from Susanne at Kangaroo Fitness which I believed helped my core strength and strengthened my pelvic muscles immensely.  I also took up prenatal yoga through Amanda at Little Lotus Yoga which I believe was a game-changer in this pregnancy.  It was my first time taking a yoga class and I'm sorry it took me so long in life to jump in. I felt stress free and relieved when leaving each class. I also loved yoga since it was so in line with the HypnoBirthing practice. I had absolutely no aches or pains throughout this pregnancy and felt in tip-top shape throughout thanks to these two programs. For good measure, the two weeks leading up to my due date I received a couple prenatal massages at Anna Belanger and Associates.

I felt mentally and physcially prepared for this birth. Now it was time to kick up my feet and relax.

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Ready when you are, baby!


  1. I'm also doing yoga with Amanda, seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist, and getting massages from Anna...hope I have as lovely a birth as you did! :)

  2. I love that quote by Marie Mongan. You seem to be so calm, collected, and confident in your every day life, so it is no surprise that your birth went the way it did. I can't wait to get into all these books when Derek and I are pregnant - maybe you will be teaching hypno birthing by that time!