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Old 10-24-2010, 12:07 PM   #21
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Staying active in labor helps. Walking, labor lunges, doing squats, birth ball. Water also helps. If they don't have a labor tub you could see if they have showers. Using something to focus on also helps. When I was in transition I was squating and I kept my eyes closed and kept picturing a flower opening up and then I started to picture my baby move down the birth canal.

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Old 10-24-2010, 12:49 PM   #22
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I really, really like Birthing from Within by Pam England.

Her chapters on Birth Art really weren't my thing, but still thought provoking. It is the only book I always keep on my bookshelf and never lend to anyone.
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I think classes are good since you husband goes with you and he can gain the knowledge too. If you can't do a class then read lots of books. I think picking a natural birth friendly provider is very important. If you are giving birth in a hospital a doula is very important.
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You may want to check out the book "Birthing From Within" by Pam England. I loved this book and it helped me to work through any lingering fears about labor and birth. Hypnosis (either HypnoBabies or HypnoBirthing) is also wonderful for labor. I would also recommend looking at the Lamaze International website. They have some great information, too! And, without a doubt, hire a birth doula! I had one for my last two births and she was awesome! She helped me get through those moments near the end when I was ready to give up!

Best of luck to you! There is so much great information out there!
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:21 PM   #25
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A lot of it is mental, and having faith in yourself.
The biggest factor is your confidence and trust in your body to do what it's meant to do. I think another important thing is to seriously read up on the biological side of birth, so that you know as it's happening "this is what my body should be doing."

I think a lot of women go into the process far too undereducated and get scared or bewildered at something their baby or body does. At that point it becomes so much easier for a woman to be talked or coerced into something that may not be what they want or truly need.

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