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5 Ways to Prepare to Give Birth Without Medications

If you've decided that you don't want to give birth inside the confines of a hospital you may be wondering how will you be able to accomplish this and deal with the pains of childbirth.   After all, isn't childbirth painful? The simple answer to your question is yes.  Yes.  You will experience some pain in childbirth, but if you prepare yourself, you will not suffer.  There's a huge difference.  

A New Way to Give Birth

There are no cold large holding rooms with long lines.  Instead,  you're greeted by the most welcoming staff that has been anticipating your arrival and know you by name.  You enter your suite; an ambient room lighted by only flickers of candlelight and the sun rays sneaking in through the curtains.  This is no VIP suite for celebrities, all though you are left feeling exactly this way.

Motherhood. You're Doing it Wrong. What My Journey as a Postpartum Nurse Taught Me

Does it fee like whatever decision you make you're being ridiculed about your choices in pregnancy, childbirth, and childhood development?  As a nurse I new moms ridiculed for their decisions about their own bodies and their own children.  When did we stop supporting each other.  My dear friend Lina Acosta Sandal, Director at The Nest: Emotional Wellness Center always says, given the information, parents always make the right decision for their children; and I truly believe this. 

My Birth Story: Homebirth And Hospital Part II - At The Hospital

Making the choice to have a home birth is not the obvious choice.  It is not an easy choice.  It is not a widely accepted choice.  And it can be heartbreaking when that plan doesn’t come to fruition.  For me, who truly believed that a home birth was the best thing for my family, I made an equally difficult decision to leave 30 hours of labor at home and go to the hospital for an unknown outcome.  I mean, I knew it was a possibility to go to the hospital and I was not opposed to that, but I honestly thought that wouldn’t happen.  

My Birth Story: Homebirth And Hospital Part I - At Home

I wanted more than anything to have a natural birth in the comfort of my home…. to prove to everyone that it was possible… to give my baby the most natural entrance into this world… I had made it 30 hours when my mother begged me to go to the hospital, where I knew they would most likely make me have a c-section. My husband was looking to me for answers, desperate to take away my pain but willing to support my choice. The hired team wanted me to keep pushing. I had to go deep down and pray for an answer...

The No-Birth Plan Birth Plan

As a doula, I almost always suggest a birth preference conversation and loose plan for parents-to-be during a prenatal meeting. And while I believe this is an effective tool for those who want to learn all about the medical terms and procedures associated with birth, sometimes the birth preferences, when written down and presented as a rigid document, actually pose a challenge post delivery. Imagine things don't go in the way you planned for, disappointment in yourself and distrust in your body are heavy burdens to carry, aren't they?