I know I may sound like a broken record to some, but I am a huge advocate of natural childbirth. Yes, I am one of those hippie mommas who run around spitting out information on how women have been doing it for hundreds and thousands of years without medication and we can continue doing it.
Don’t get me wrong … I am not anti-drugs … I am just anti-lack of effort.
Let me explain before you hate me forever. Having been down the labor road myself once, I understand it is no easy task. It takes endurance: the strength, energy, power, everything needed to survive childbirth. And that transition phase is no walk in the park either. You can ask my Doula Jen, at that point in my labor even I was asking for something … anything that could help. I went into labor knowing that I wanted to try and stick it out, but was open for opportunity to use something if I just couldn’t take it any more. And that is what I ask of all the first time pregnant moms out there.
Try It first.
I have heard it many times ( I was guilty of it too before I really educated myself) “Give me the epidural now”and we are barely 3 months pregnant. So many women have been scared into believing that they can’t handle something before they even try … when it is just not true. There are so many different methods, techniques, tools and people out there to help now that really help you to progress in labor and endure those few rough patches of contractions. Counter-pressure was my new best friend. A simple thing like having someone squeezing my butt checks together made even the hardest contractions bearable.
I know … every labor is different. But in the end I want you to be able to be proud and say … “I TRIED” And have no guilty feeling if you needed some assistance.