Want a Natural Birth Without Screaming?
Natural birth is something I’ve chosen six times.
And every time it was an experience worth writing about.
Since you don’t have time to hear about every single birthing experience…I’ll share the highlights of my most recent. <3
My Secrets to a Scream Free Natural Birth
I was waiting to be admitted to my labor room when I heard the intense moans and sometimes screams of a woman laboring a few doors down.
Her voice filled the halls of the labor and delivery floor, and I have to admit it was annoying quite a few people.
People were giving each other glances that seemed to say, “Grief! Will that woman ever hush?!”
But inside I was thinking, “That poor woman. I wish I could share with her some ideas on a no-scream, natural birth.”
My heart went out to her.
I had been in her situation so many times.
Feeling every twinge of pain.
Trying to make it through one more, long, strenuous contraction.
She Was Struggling With Her Natural Birth Experience
And every single woman needs someone who will care enough to give her a few insider tips.
But timing is everything.
Waiting to help someone through labor on the day of onset labor is not the best decision…;0)
Choosing to have an unmedicated labor and delivery truly takes preparation.
You Have to Prepare for a Scream Free, NAtural Birth
Some people think screaming is no big deal when you’re in labor…
But many times screaming is a result of a laboring mom losing hope, focus and control.
Staying calm is always the best solution.
A relaxed mom is one major part of facilitating the labor and delivery process.
How Can You Have a No Scream Labor and Delivery Experience?
During one of my labors, I begin having trouble breathing because the pain had grown so intense.
The doctors immediately began giving me oxygen, which only frustrated me more.
I had to choose right then that I would calm down and stay strong through this pain.
If I lost control and began lashing out in anger the situation would only grow more intense and complicated.
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It contains inspiring quotes, natural labor techniques, Bible verses to help you focus and even notebook pages for you to jot down your natural labor and birth experiences!
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If you’re a little scared and intimidated about going the natural route during your labor and delivery, let me encourage you to do it!
I learned so much from dealing and working through the pain.
I learned how to depend on my husband and God even more than under normal circumstances.
I also learned how fragile and weak I am, but with God’s strength and the help of others, I can be strong.
I can deliver a baby naturally and scream-free.
I can endure the pain until I hear my baby’s first cry.
But, again, it’s not by my strength alone.
What is my scream-free plan for natural births?
So glad you asked!
Scream-Free Plan for Natural Births
Wow, I never knew the power of a hot shower until my second labor and delivery. Why didn’t someone tell me about this wonderful, awesome thing called a removable shower head during back labor?
When my labor pains really kick in, I always ask the nurses if I can stay in the shower until my water breaks.
As long as there are no risks, the nurses and doctors are happy to answer my request — if I’m willing to hop back on the monitor for a while to check on the baby.I literally turn up the heat to as hot as I can stand it and point it on the most painful part of my back. It’s amazing how much it helps to take the edge off!
These are great to help massage your lower back (where most of my labor pains were the worse) during labor.
Ask your husband, close friend or mom to firmly roll those on your most painful spots. The more pressure, the better!Rocking Chairs.
During my third labor, I was unable to take a shower because I was being given Pitocin.
However, there was a rocking chair in the room. I rocked and rocked through my contractions.
A nurse came in and said, “I hope you rock that baby in here fast!”Ha!
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Inspiration board or banner.
About two months or so before your due date, create a banner or inspiration board with sayings to encourage you through the birthing process.
Having those inspiring verses, quotes and, encouragement to read during a difficult time can help you find the inspiration to keep on going and not give up!
Sometimes they work — sometimes they don’t!
For my first labor and delivery, I breathed various types of patterns.
From the third baby until number six, I just breathed slowly and grabbed and twisted something.
A blanket, the side rail on the bed or even my husband’s hand….poor guy!
Have several breathing methods ready to see which one matches your specific laboring journey, as they are all so different!
Seeing the nurses gently roll the baby incubator into the labor and delivery room always gives me a second wind.
You can enjoy that second wind earlier during labor if you bring a few items to remind you of your little one’s upcoming arrival!Your favorite baby outfit, the new stuffed animal, the new carseat…whatever items that you’re super excited to start using in motherhood.
Place those in your laboring room to remind you that there is a purpose to this pain!
Through each of my labors, there were times when the pain was incredibly overwhelming that it seemed impossible to verbally communicate with anyone.
However, that is one super-awesome aspect of prayer.
I didn’t have to speak to talk to God.
I was able to pray in my heart and beg Him for grace and strength.
Prayer Helped me Achieve a No Scream Natural Birth
I would ask Him to help me relax, even when my body wanted to tense up during each painful contraction.
I prayed and asked Him to help me be kind and loving to the people who were trying to help me through this process — even though I wanted to kick a few of them.
And of course, I asked God to speed up the labor process so I could finally hold my baby and be relieved from pain!
Taking time to pray throughout labor is a special time of complete dependence on His strength when I am at the weakest in my life.
He was there through every labor, and I could not help but give him praises and tears of thanks when my baby did arrive!
Some moms do really well with soothing music to help calm their nerves and relax. Dimming the lights helps too.
Anything to create a more serene and relaxing ambiance.
During three of my labors, I asked my husband to stand up with me and just sway through contractions.
It helped me kind of “move the pain” around.
In some weird way, I actually enjoyed those moments of working with my husband to bring our little one into the world.
We were in this together!
When the pain gets overwhelming, try to focus on what is going on — your baby is coming!
Remember those contractions are bringing this baby into the world.Constantly remind yourself to relax your body and not fight the contractions.
If you feel like you are starting to lose control, ask your husband, coach or nurse to help you focus again.
Soothing reminders from a friend is sometimes the exact push we need to keep on going!Now, it’s your turn!
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And, if you’re going to be a first-time mom — congratulations and may your labor, delivery and motherhood journey be a happy one!
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