Hey there mama! So, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with all the information (or lack thereof) about giving birth. But don’t worry, I’ve got you!
Here are 9 things your doctor probably didn’t tell you about giving birth that will help you feel more prepared and in control.
(And hey, if these pique your interest, bring these up to your doctor at the
You don’t have to give birth in the hospital.
Giving birth at home or in a birth center can provide a more relaxed and
intimate setting for the birth of your baby. It allows you to have more control
over the birthing process and can provide a more personalized experience.
This option is safe for low-risk pregnancies and has similar or better outcomes compared to hospital births. I had 4 births at the hospital that went just fine, but decided for my last baby to birth at home, and I REALLY loved being able to get into my OWN bed after the delivery and I was undisturbed to get the rest I needed! I highly recommend looking into it! You can read my whole home birth story here.
Question for your doctor: Do you think home birth or birth center birth is a safe option for low risk pregnancy?
Epidurals are not the only form of pain relief available during labor.
Epidurals are a common form of pain relief during labor, but they are not the
only option available. Other forms of pain relief include natural methods such as hypnobirthing, acupuncture and massage. These options can provide a more natural and less invasive form of pain relief. As a St George Birth Photographer, I love seeing moms use all different forms of pain relief! From meditation to even using combs!
Question for your doctor: What other pain relief options do they see often
that’s effective other than epidural?
You can bring your own music or sounds to the delivery room.
Music can have a powerful impact on our emotions, and it can help create a
calm and soothing environment for you during labor. You can bring your own
playlist, a sound machine, or even your own voice to help you relax and focus
Question for your doctor: Can I bring music to the birthing room?
Bonus: here’s my favorite playlist of instrumental, calming music for birth!
Birthing pools can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during
Warm water can help ease the pain and discomfort of contractions, and it also
allows you to move around more easily, which can help the baby move down
the birth canal. Birthing pools can also provide a sense of privacy and
intimacy during labor. I also love using the shower head, or have someone scoop water over your belly or back during a contraction.
Question for your doctor: Are there birth pools at the hospital or another way I
can use water to relax?
You will probably poop during labor (and that’s okay!).
It’s a normal and natural part of the birthing process, and your nurses and
doctors are used to it. Almost EVERY birthing mother does it, so don’t let this concern hold you back, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Your care providers will clean it up so quick that you most likely won’t even notice!
Birthing positions – there are many different positions that can help make
the birthing process easier.
There are various birthing positions that can help make the birthing process
easier, such as standing up, sitting down, on your hands and knees, or even
lying down. Experiment with different positions to find what feels most
comfortable for you.
Question for your doctor: In what positions are you willing to help me birth
When I had my last baby, I actually delivered kneeling with one knee up. I do believe it’s called something similar to the Runner’s Lunge stretch.
Doulas are a great support and aren’t only used for birth.
A doula is a professional trained to provide emotional and physical support to
a woman and her partner during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum
period. A doula can help you with relaxation techniques, provide emotional
support, and advocate for your wishes during birth.
As a St George Birth Photographer, I know there are so many great doulas in the southern Utah area! Check out this local page that has a directory of doulas you can contact!
Question for your doctor: Do you work with doulas often? Are there any you
You can eat and drink during labor, if you want to.
Having a light snack can help keep your energy levels up. It’s important to
listen to your body and your healthcare provider during labor, and to make
sure you are well hydrated and nourished.
Question: Under what circumstances will I not be allowed to eat or drink in
The power of the mind – visualization and other relaxation techniques can
help during labor.
Visualization and relaxation techniques such as hypnobirthing, yoga, and
meditation can help you stay calm and focused during labor. It can also help
to lower stress hormones and increase endorphins, which can make labor
Question: Is there anything I can do now to learn how to cope with labor?
So, there you have it, mama. You’re armed with some new information that
will hopefully help you feel more confident and excited about your birth!
Check out my other St George Birth Photographer blog post 4 reasons why you should hire a doula to read why I LOVE doulas and you should add one to your birth team!
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