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How to Have a Physiological Birth

A physiological birth requires work. Pregnancy is the time to go deeper into yourself to prepare to travel to meet your baby. Here is a list of some basic steps to prepare for physiological birth.

  1. Educate Yourself: Start by educating yourself about the birthing process. Attend prenatal classes, read books, and gather information about the stages of labor, coping mechanisms, and the choices available during childbirth. Understanding the physiological aspects of birth empowers you to make informed decisions. A good place to start is reading one of my favorite books, Birthing From Within.

  1. Choose a Supportive Care Provider: Select a care provider, whether it's a midwife or obstetrician, who aligns with your desire for a physiological birth. Physiology requires you to feel safe while giving birth. Do you feel safer with an expert of the normal or a trained surgeon attending your birth? Discuss your birth plan, preferences, and ensure they support your goal of minimal intervention unless medically necessary.

  2. Build a Supportive Birth Team: Surround yourself with a supportive birth team, including a partner, family, friends, or a doula. Having people who understand and respect your wishes can positively impact your birthing experience. Your birth team is there for YOU. They should fit to your vision and be supportive of your goals.

  3. Create a Birth Plan: Develop a birth plan that outlines your preferences for labor and delivery. Include your preferences on pain management, movement during labor, and any specific requests you have. Share this plan with your care provider and the birthing team.

  4. Practice Relaxation Techniques: Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or visualization. These techniques can help manage stress and discomfort during labor, promoting a more natural and physiological progression. Meditating, prayer, whatever your jam is, preparing for stillness and going within.

  5. Stay Active During Pregnancy: Maintain physical activity during pregnancy, focusing on exercises that promote strength and flexibility. Staying active can contribute to better stamina and overall well-being during labor. It doesn't have to be complicated. Going for a walk for thirty minutes is a great way to stay active

  6. Choose a Comfortable Birthing Environment: Whether you opt for a hospital, birthing center, or home birth, choose an environment where you feel comfortable and supported. Create a calming atmosphere with dim lights, soothing music, or personal items that bring comfort.

  7. Hydrate and Nourish Your Body: Stay hydrated and nourished throughout labor. Eating light, easily digestible snacks and sipping on water with electrolytes can provide the energy needed for the birthing process. And get your vitamin D and ferritin checked.

  8. Trust Your Body: Trust in the natural ability of your body to give birth. Listen to your instincts and let your body guide you through the different stages of labor. Be open to adjusting your birth plan based on how labor unfolds.

  9. Communicate Openly with Your Care Team: Maintain open communication with your care team. Share your feelings, concerns, and any changes in your preferences. A collaborative and understanding approach with your healthcare providers fosters a supportive environment. This is your birth, your body, your choice.

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