So You Wanna Have A Natural Birth

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Are you considering a natural birth? I was too! Then my midwife suggested a do some research and I'm sharing the results with you. Enjoy and happy labor day! | LionessDae.comSo you wanna have a natural birth huh? If you’re anything like me this is the one subject your forgot to research. Here’s how it was brought to my attention.

The other day I had an OB appointment. My doc wasn’t in and I saw a Midwife. I had never seen this lady before and seeing as how I am considered high-risk I was a tad nervous. Halfway through the visit she says:

Midwife: Are you planning on having a natural birth?

Me: Yup

Midwife: Have you chosen a birthing method yet?

Me: {insert puzzled look} uhh…no

Midwife: That’s some homework for you while your on bed rest. The three (most popular) options are The Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing and Lamaze.

Me: ok…{grabs phone to make a note so I can research later}

Midwife: Now the Bradley Method is popular. It’s 12 weeks of classes. Hypnobirthing is also a great way to go. And you also have Lamaze as an option. The hospital offers a one day birthing class that touches on each.

Me: {insert look of information overload} ok…I’ll get on it.

 

Naturally I came home and got right on it. I checked the websites and asked my cousin and a friend. My cousin was so high-risk she was unable to attend the class she scheduled. My friend was carrying twins and knew she was getting an epidural so she didn’t bother. Here’s a recap of what I discovered.

The Bradley Method

 

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My first impression: 12 weeks is just too much. Who has time for that? The way the Midwife said it intimidated me a little.

Info from website: 

  • A 12 week course (because 12 weeks just works) that teaches Husband coaching. Preferred that classes start in the 5th month of pregnancy.
  • Classes include:
    • Intro to Bradley Method
    • Nutrition in Pregnancy
    • Pregnancy
    • The Coach’s Role
    • Intro to 1st Stage of Labor
    • Intro to 2nd Stage of Labor
    • Planning Your Birth
    • Variations and Complications/Postpartum Prep
    • Advanced 1st Stage Techniques
    • Advanced 2nd Stage Techniques
    • Being a Great Coach/Are You Ready?
    • Preparing for your new family
  • 130 page student workbook
  • Small classes (6-8 couples)
  • Teaches ways to stay low risk
  • Relaxation is key
  • Cost varies upon teacher
  • Suggested Reading:
    • Husband-Coached Childbirth
    • Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
    • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
    • Children at Birth
    • Assistant Coach’s Manual

How I feel having more info:

It’s not a scary as I initially thought. I wish they would say “partner coaching” instead of “husband coaching”. Everyone isn’t married, hubby may be overseas serving our country, or the woman may be in a same sex relationship. I know it’s not that important, just seems biased. I like that the classes are small and relaxation is a key focus.

Overall, I’m not against it, but not 100% sold either.

 

Hypnobirthing

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My first impression: Honestly, I pictured B and I in a delivery room and him standing in front of me dangling a gold pocket watch back and forth, you know, like on TV. I was a bit freaked out by this one.

Info from the website:

  • Five 2.5 hour classes
  • A program that considers the psychological , as well as the physical well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and the newborn, independent of context, whether that be at home, a birthing center or hospital.
  • Educational process that include special breathing, relaxation, visualization, meditative practice, attention to nutrition and positive body image.
  • A simple program of self hypnosis and education, healthy low-risk women as well as woman in need of medical assistance because of special circumstances, learn to dismiss the fear-based stories, misinformation, and birthing myths; and they are helped to see birth as normal.
  • Suggested Reading:
    • Hypnobirthing

How I feel having more info: Ummm…I’m not 100% sold but I do like the concept. The part about meditation made me like it more. I have to admit, they are right about fear-based stories. The media can make a woman nervous about giving birth. All that screaming and what not. When I found out I was pregnant I decided to visualize a positive birthing experience. I’m honestly not terrified of giving birth. I know baby and I will do just fine.

 

Lamaze

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My first impression: Hee-Hee-Hoo-Hoo! That’s all you see on TV. I was thinking this would be the route I take because I’ve actually heard of it before. Breathing techniques during birth may seem like a waste of time but have you ever taken a deep breath during a stressful time and felt that instant relief? I know I have. I do it often, especially these days. My back always hurts and the ultrasound techs keep me in a ball of knots some weeks. The deep breathing helps me to relax, calm down and focus on working through whatever is bothering me. I also used the deep breathing techniques a lot at work, those people really knew how to push my buttons.

Info from the website:

  • Nonprofit organization that promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.
  • Can help reduce the use of unnecessary interventions and improve overall outcomes for moms and babies.
  • Lamaze healthy birth practices:
    • Let labor begin on it’s own
    • Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
    • Bring a loved one, friend, or Doula for continuous support
    • Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
    • Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push
    • Keep mother and baby together – it’s best for mother, baby and breastfeeding
  • Classes are offered in person and online.
  • Suggested Reading:
    • The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth With Confidence

How I feel having more info: I’m sold! I believe I’ve found my answer. The videos on the site also helped. I love the concept of letting birth happen naturally. After being told I had PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) for about 15 years and conception would be extremely difficult and the only way was to be drugged up, and then conceiving naturally, I know natural is the way for me.

 

After I made a decision:

I talked to B about it, told him the pros and cons of each option. He agreed that Lamaze was the way to go. I looked up the classes in my area. One starts on Tuesday (as in four days from today) and it’s about 10 minutes from home. Everything was lining up. I emailed the teacher for cost and registration and guess what?! The class is full! UGH!

There are two other teachers in my area, one at a hospital I don’t like and the other is a PharmD. That is such a turn off to me. No offense to the PharmD’s of the world but I just don’t understand like that you are a legal pill pusher and now you wanna teach me a natural way to birth my baby. Call me crazy all you want, I’m just not feeling it.

Luckily Lamaze offers online classes as well. I would really love to learn in person but hey, I gotta do what I gotta do.

 

Please comment below and let me know about your birthing experience with or without any of these methods. I’d love some personal reviews.

*The overview of each birthing option is paraphrased from the website. Please visit the websites for exact wording on each method.

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June 5, 2015
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19 Comments

  • Reply Ivelisse Estes

    I LOVE this post! I’m not pregnant (yet) but I have a friend that recently had a stay at home birth. I wonder what technique she used now. Best of luck!

    June 6, 2015 at 7:20 PM
    • Reply Dae

      Thanks! I almost considered a home birth, maybe for the next one.

      June 6, 2015 at 8:04 PM
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I am not yet a mother, but we’re shooting for two years out to start TTC. I have done way too much research lol. I really want to do a home water birth with my husband and widwife by my side. I’m a huge yogi so for me it’s a pretty great fit. Now I have never given birth before so I have no way of knowing how well I’ll handle the pain, but I’m going to be practicing using the word “sensation” instead of “pain” and encouraging everyone around me to do the same to keep me in the right mindset. I’ll keep my essential oils diffusing and the lights at a soothing level and see what happens 🙂
    Whenever the time comes though, you should definitely post an update on how the lamaze option works for you!! I love following blogs from pregnancy to birth and a couple weeks after.
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    June 7, 2015 at 11:23 AM
    • Reply Dae

      Hi Elizabeth, it’s great that you’re researching early! I would love a water birth in the hospital but mine does not offer it. For some reason I’m not too afraid of the pain. I’m just staying positive about the birthing process. I’ll be sure to post updates!

      June 7, 2015 at 3:24 PM
  • Reply Viviene

    I am not a mother either but thank you for sharing your story. My mother had me at home because she didn’t have enough time to make it to the hospital which wasn’t planned. It’s great to see that women are taking the time out to see what works for them.

    June 7, 2015 at 11:54 AM
    • Reply Dae

      Hi Viviene, I wish I would have began researching birthing options earlier. At least I know for the next baby.

      June 7, 2015 at 3:26 PM
  • Reply Marina @ Parental Journey

    I love how you had different options to choose from. Here in my country we didn’t even hear about these methods. That’s a shame.
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    June 8, 2015 at 3:41 AM
  • Reply Olivia Youngs

    This is some great information! I did my first labor naturally in a hospital, and I’m about to do it again (naturally, I hope!) in about a month ;). I didn’t really use “one” method, but I did go to a childbirth class that covered the basics of all of those methods. The one thing I can say is stay as mobile as you can, switching positions often- and don’t have expectations about what it will be like! Labor was SO different from how I pictured it, so just trust your body and don’t over think it too much 🙂 You’ll do great!
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    June 8, 2015 at 10:39 PM
    • Reply Dae

      Congrats on your new bundle of joy! My hospital offers a similar class I’m considering but I’m still leaning towards the Lamaze.

      June 8, 2015 at 11:11 PM
  • Reply Ashlyn

    I applaud you for wanting a natural birth! I seriously wish I had the courage to do so, but I knew from the beginning that I wanted an epidural.

    Love the options they gave you. Hypnobirthing sounds interesting!

    I also like what was said in a previous comment about using the word “sensation” instead of “pain.” That sounds like it would definitely change one’s perspective!
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    June 8, 2015 at 11:05 PM
    • Reply Dae

      I applaud you for getting an epidural. The sound of that needle near my spine freaks me out! I keep thinking if I sneeze or cough I’ll be paralyzed LOL!

      June 8, 2015 at 11:09 PM
  • Reply Lori Hill-Smith

    It’s great that you did your research so that you could make an informed choice that you felt comfortable with.

    June 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM
  • Reply My Adventures On Bed Rest While Pregnant | Vol. 7 - Lioness Dae

    […] Nothing to write home about. Just chillin’. Oh yeah, after more research and emails there are still no available Lamaze classes in my area, so we decided to take the online course. Out of the loop on this one? Reference this post. […]

    June 10, 2015 at 10:13 PM
  • Reply PharmD, MD

    FYI: Pharmacists aren’t pill-pushers. Actually, a major part of being a pharmacist is getting people off of medications. I know that you probably think pharmacists are just counting pills behind the counter of your local Walgreens, but that is only one small part of the field. Many pharmacists spend their days (and nights!) trying to prevent doctors from overdosing patients, keeping them on drug therapy beyond the necessary time frame, and adding on additional drugs instead of finding better ones as replacements. Just food for thought from a PharmD/MD who appreciates all the pharmacists who guide my MD colleagues to better patient care!

    June 20, 2015 at 4:21 PM
    • Reply Dae

      Thanks for your opinion PharmD. Mine stands where it is. I’ve been working in healthcare for 15 years and at a major medical center for the past 8 years. I know what I see.

      June 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM
  • Reply Little Maggie

    I am in my sixth month with my first pregnancy, and I am scared to death.. I mean iv never been so scared, childbirth and labor have always terrified me beyond words..I am going to try to do this all natural like woman have been doing for century’s..the thought of needles freaks me out and especially one going right into your spine, and with the downward spiral of side effects that come with an epidural I am trying to avoid that at all costs…I agree with you completely about knowing your birthing options.. and staying informed about medicated births..I hope yours goes smoothly.. I’l be starting my childbirth class’s soon, The Lamaze seemed best to suite me as well. I hope they are empowering and alleviate some of my fear.. Best of luck to all the mommys to be!

    June 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM
    • Reply Dae

      I’m glad you were able to find a class in your area! I’m sure you’ll do great with delivery! Go into it thinking positively, that’s what I’ve been doing and I’m not scared. And congrats on the baby!

      June 21, 2015 at 7:27 PM
  • Reply Whitney

    Great post! Thinking back to when I was pregnant…I wanted to go natural and asked my midwife about it. She gave me a list of books to read and videos to watch. I didn’t use a particular method, for me it was about educating myself on what my body can do and how childbirth works.

    When labor started, we stayed at home as long as I could tolerate it (arrived at hospital when I was 9 cm) and at the hospital I just kept moving and my husband rubbed my back to help me deal with the pain. It wasn’t easy, but the pain is temporary. Most importantly, baby girl made it here safe and sound.

    January 18, 2017 at 7:56 PM
    • Reply Dae

      I’m glad you were able to have a natural birth! I managed too, I was 10 cm when we got to L&D and she came out within 30 minutes! I tried Lamaze breathing while at home and it was a waste! I’ll approach natural birthing differently next time around.

      January 20, 2017 at 12:51 PM

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