Women, Prepare Yourselves!

One thing that still surprises me after all that I have learned about birth, is the people that prepare for a natural childbirth and don’t want meds no matter what, but “when I felt that first contraction, I asked for the epidural because it was sooo hard.”

If that first contraction has you so far out there, you didn’t prepare at all. Wanting a natural childbirth and actually preparing yourself are two very different things.

I could say I wanted a natural birth forever, but if all you do is read books and think you understand, you obviously don’t. (And the reason I can say this is because this is how I was!! Not that it would have changed anything…)

If you are looking into having a natural childbirth, books are a great resource. Especially for the women that like to read.

Some fantastic books include Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Spiritual Midwifery, Hypnobabies, Husband Coached Childbirth, and some I haven’t read or owned.

But, even if you are amazing, and can understand all that you read, you still need to prepare!!

And the best way to do that is to go to a childbirth class!! And I do NOT mean the childbirth class offered by the hospital. That’s not a childbirth class; it is a class solely based on teaching you how to be a good patient.

There are so many classes you can choose from, depending on the area you live in.

The best way to find these classes are to ask a local midwife, your local LLL chapter, your local ICAN chapter, or doulas in your area. They will all have lists of classes, doulas, doctors, and midwives that are more directed towards natural birth or the birth you are looking for.

They are an amazing resource!!

And if you are short on funds, most times a doula would give you a few prenatal classes for a tiny increase in her fee that is less than some of the childbirth classes in your area.

And if you don’t want to take classes with other people, a lot of classes offer online or over the phone classes so you can have it in the comfort of your home!! Hypnobabies is one of them, and you practice it everyday so you are prepared for when your labor hits.

I think the classes are sooo important, no matter what number child you are having, but I think they are doubly important if you are trying for a VBAC. You need more care than someone that is going for a natural birth after having many or no vaginal deliveries before. Most times with cesarean comes depression and PTSD and pregnancy and childbirth are a very gray area.

I would also look for VBAC specific classes if you have any in your area. VBAC is very different from a regular vaginal delivery, and you need to be prepared as such!!

I wish I could stress the importance of preparation to all new mothers, but I do not have as much sway as I would hope haha.

Just remember to prepare yourself!! No labor is how you wish it to be, and no two labors are exactly the same! Prepare yourself accordingly!

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing the joy of Hypnobabies! I was going to comment about the Hypnobabies Home Study, because I know that a lot of moms find it hard to fit a childbirth class into their schedule and the Home Study is so complete. I moderate the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group and most of the moms are using it. I agree that any Independent Childbirth Class (meaning not hospital sponsered) is SO beneficial!

  2. Thanks for the great advice about being prepared if you intend on choosing natural childbirth to deliver your baby. It is one thing to want to experience this method of delivery, but it is quite another thing to actually be prepared for the process. There are many ways to prepare for natural childbirth and many support systems available; including books, classes and the Internet. No matter what kind of delivery you ultimately have, this kind of preperation is always amazingly helpful.

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