9. The Necessity of Medication

I understand the need for medication. I experienced labor twice, without medication and still remember the challenging parts. With each of my labors I got panicky at the end and asked for an epidural. I chose to have both of my children at home with a licensed midwife who does not administer epidurals. I knew … Read more9. The Necessity of Medication

8. Endorphins

Endorphins are a pain reliever produced by your body. Endorphins allow you to tolerate more then you think you can. They are similar to a narcotic such as morphine. As labor progresses and intensifies endorphin levels rise allowing women to cope with labor. I remember going through my labor and thinking at one point that … Read more8. Endorphins

7. Why Labor Pain is Good

A post shared by Doula Trainings International (@doulatrainingsint) Women are not often told that the pain of labor has value. Women are taught to avoid the pain of labor, yet the intensity of labor contractions that we call pain and assume to be bad for women actually has benefits. With an absence of pain, real … Read more7. Why Labor Pain is Good

6. Move Around During Birth

Birth really functions best when a woman is able to move her body into different positions. Many women instinctively know how to place their bodies. The best position will feel best. The wrong position may increase pain. It is important that a woman listen to her body during labor. The body is a true guide … Read more6. Move Around During Birth

5. My Birth Experience

I will tell you my story, but not all at once. To begin, I decided to give birth at home. I came to that decision because I was employed as a childbirth educator and doula before I became pregnant. My professional work allowed me to obtain information and understand the process of birth before I … Read more5. My Birth Experience

3. The Naysayers

People often make comments that rob pregnant women of their confidence. Common Statements: Don’t be a hero Get your epidural in the parking lot Your baby will be too big Aren’t you tired of being pregnant You can’t do a natural birth Why would you want to feel the pain You need the drugs Labor … Read more3. The Naysayers

2. Women Know How to Give Birth

A post shared by Home Sweet Homebirth (@homesweethomebirth) on Jul 31, 2017 at 5:22am PDT Women are strong, capable, and made to give birth. Every pregnant woman should be told about the power that resides within her body to not only grow a human life, but also to labor and give birth to her child. … Read more2. Women Know How to Give Birth