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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]