I must admit, Hypnobabies is most likely a much easier birth study to do while pregnant sans toddler. Finding quiet times to read, study, and listen has been few and far between. I honestly feel like I’m failing at it. But, I’m trying, I really am. And these last few weeks I’m buckling down and pressing on. Because that’s what this mama does.
Your Birthing Choices and Planning Your Beautiful Birth
My absolute favorite section this week focused on pregnancy and birth being viewed as a consumer/supplier relationship. So many choices seem to be dictated by insurance, doctors, and other influencers with non-healthy mama/baby agendas. Beginning with pregnancy there is a massive amount of research to be done in regard to planning the best birth. Best is totally a subjective term – what is best for you and your situation might be very different from what I deem as best. That’s why it is important that each mama do her own research and discover her personal best based on the information she finds.
Many of this research and the subsequent decisions are about birth intervention. The World Health Organization say, “In normal birth there should be a valid reason to interfere with the natural process.” Therefore, it is key to know the benefits, risks, and advantages of things a mama might encounter during birth. Things to consider are:
- Routine Vaginal Exams
- Stripping the Membranes
- Vaginal Exams During Birth
- Artificial Rupture of Membranes
- Not Eating During Birth
- IV Use
- Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring
- Internal Monitoring
- Epidural Anesthesia
- Coached Pushing
- Lying Flat During Birth
It would take quite awhile to delve into each and every one, but Hypnobabies did a great job explaining the benefits, risks, and advantages of each. I’ve talked about each with my care provider and after assessing this pregnancy I’ve included my preferences in our birth plan.
In most cases, keeping interventions out of the plan by pursuing a natural approach will reduce what Hypnobabies calls The Domino Effect. For example …
- Benefits – What are they?
- Risks – What are they?
- Alternatives – Ask that they be listed
- Nothing – What if we do nothing?
- Discuss and Decide – Ask for a private moment and thoroughly consider the options
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