This video, Everyday Miracles: A Celebration of Birth, shows several families giving birth at the hospital and remaining active throughout. They use movement for comfort and to help labor progress. You also see a few different positions for giving birth.Read More
Lamaze used to have a reputation as the childbirth education method that was all about the weird breathing. Some students come to class expecting to learn all kinds of breathing exercises, and others come hoping against hope that they won't have to hee-hee-hoo their way through classes each week!
Lamaze International has moved away from patterned breathing as a primary technique for childbirth, but focusing on breathing or using breath as one tool among many for labor is still very helpful for many laboring people.
The following are some simple breathing exercises that may be helpful for focusing and coping during labor.Read More
Does this story sound familiar?
You go to your childbirth education classes, and hear that labor usually lasts 12-24 hours for a first birth. "Ok," you think. "I can handle that."
A few weeks later, you begin to feel steady contractions, and having never been in labor before, you think they feel fairly strong. Over the course of the day, they keep going, but don't ever get much stronger, longer, or closer together. Sometimes you feel a little tired and start to get relaxed and try to rest, and your contractions ease up a little. So you resolve not to rest, not to relax; you are going to stay active and upright and get this baby out! After 18 hours of walking around your neighborhood, rocking on your birth ball, and having your partner press on your sacrum, you figure you must be getting close to having your baby. So you go to the hospital and have your cervix checked, only to find that you are only 1-2 cm dilated and they want to put you on some pitocin or send you home.
So what's going on here?Read More
Some doulas gain experience very quickly, routinely booking 2-4 (or more!) clients each month. I've attended births as a doula much more slowly than that. In the past 4 years of doula-ing, I've averaged about 8 births a year, slowly but surely learning more and more about pregnancy, birth and labor support techniques.
Since attending births here in Tulsa since February, I've realized that I've integrated some really important lessons that I couldn't have learned from reading about labor support - I had to really learn them by watching over 30 clients labor and give birth to their babies.
I hope that some of this information can be useful to other doulas, families preparing for the birth of their baby, and anyone providing labor support.Read More