Have you ever heard of a painless childbirth?
you know that some lucky women experience an orgasm during their
delivery? Famous Midwife Ina May Gaskin took a poll and reported 21
percent of women claimed they had an orgasm with at least one of their
natural childbirths. Imagine yourself in such bliss! The Truths Of A Painless Childbirth
Hundreds of women have a painless childbirth everyday. If this is new
news to you, don’t worry as our culture has been doing its best to
destroy the safety and beauty of normal childbirth for many
generations. Thus you may wonder if a painless childbirth really is
If you are you excited to learn and prepare for an
un-medicated natural childbirth with a labor that is dignified and
empowering continue reading! Secrets for a painless natural childbirth
teaches you how listening to your body, applying abdominal breathing,
and being physically and mentally prepared ensures you a calm, quiet
and relaxed labor. According to Susan McCutcheon (Natural Childbirth
the Bradley Way), “Relaxation not only diminishes our responses to pain
but reduces and eliminates the sensation itself”.
But by far,
the largest obstacle inhibiting your painless childbirth is Fear, fear
of the pain in labor and delivery, fear of possible complications, and
fear of the unknown. Fear that has been taught to you from family,
friends, your partner, doctors or midwives, books, television shows,
movies, the news, and even the Bible. So how can you re-program years
of fear and doubt?How Can You Eliminate the Fear of Pain in Childbirth?
If you are to deliver pain-free you must prepare in advance, ideally
months in advance. Ignorance of pregnancy, labor and delivery will not
guide you through a pain-free birth in the hospital, birth center or at
home. But understanding and confidence in your magical body can replace
your inhibiting influence of fear. Learn how to prepare yourself for
the birth of your baby in a way that enables you to relax. Dr.
Dick-Read author of Childbirth Without Fear, explains without
relaxation there is tension that causes resistance and then pain,
particularly during the first stage of labor. It is a scientific fact
that a completely relaxed person cannot experience pain.
and confidence are two of the major roles in eliminating fear of
childbirth as Dr. Dick-Read states, pain can be eliminated in over 90
percent of laboring women by substituting understanding for fear, but
other contributing factors include proper breathing, exercise, choosing
your right care-taker, educating your partner, and eliminating any
influences that can drag you back to the “fear zone”. So What Makes Labor Painless?
there were only one answer it would be eliminating fear and
substituting knowledge, but there are many other contributing factors
that greatly ease your labor and delivery. In Natural Childbirth the
Bradley Way, Susan McCutheon states “In order to insure relaxation, the
laboring woman should use abdominal breathing” and Janet Balaskas,
author of Active birth adds if during labor you feel tense, anxious, or
fearful, you can use deep breathing to calm and center yourself. Deep
abdominal breathing is a proven method to relax the body that breaks
the fear-tension-pain relationship.
According to Dr. Clapp author
of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, women who exercised during their
pregnancy had a 35 percent decrease in the need of pain medication and
a 75 percent decrease in maternal exhaustion. Exercising not only
increases your mind body relationship, it creates natural pain relief,
called endorphins, and it is a scientific fact the more you exercise
the more endorphins you release, and it becomes easier for your body to
release these natural pain-killers, which by the way are 200 times
stronger than any synthetic pain reliever. These endorphins are
released in labor. So would you want more endorphins or less?
an physically preparing yourself for long hours of hard work, for
powerful sensations, and an understanding of exactly what your body is
going to go through during each stage of labor will reward you with the
most empowering moment of your life. If you believe you can have a
painless birth, you are already one step ahead. As you may already
know: If you believe labor will be painful it will be and if you
believe it is an amazing natural phenomena, that only you as a woman
can do painlessly, it will be. So what do you want to believe?My Birth Story
It was June
2nd , around 3 am I was awakened by mild contractions. This was new to
me as I never felt Braxton Hicks contractions during my pregnancy. My
intuition told me, today was the day, I was in labor. I went back to
bed, knowing I needed rest for the long day ahead of me. At 7 am I got
a call from the birth center, calling me in to coach a laboring mom and
I proudly replied, I will be there soon, but not to coach today, I too
am going to have my baby. Around 10 am I went to the birth center to be
checked, and sure enough I was in labor. I was 3 centimeter, effacing
nicely, and the baby was engaged in the pelvis.
I left the
center to get some lunch and rented a few movies, knowing a first time
labor can take many hours. To my surprise, my contractions stopped as I
watched the movies. It seemed so weird at the time, but when I look
back, it is just another example of the natural course of labor,
unpredictable and uncontrollable. The baby comes when it is ready.
Eventually, James asked me, “Do you want to have your baby today, or do
you want to watch another movie?” Well we opted for the baby, so we
turned off the television and just hung out like two little love birds,
and sure enough the contractions resumed. We swayed together and rested
together for a few more hours. Around 10 p.m. I decided it was time to
go to the birth center, I could feel the changes occurring in my body,
the contractions were becoming more intense, and I could only think
about climbing into a warm tub of water.
Watch my birth
When I arrived I was 7 centimeters (10 is complete). I climbed right
into the warm water and completely relaxed for an hour. What a great
recovery period. I then decided I was ready to meet my little baby, so
I started squatting in the tub and in a way dancing with the
contractions, allowing my little baby to work his way down the birth
By 2:15 I was complete and Kaden was delivered 15 minutes later, pain-free!