Natural and Painless Childbirth
The Truth of Preparing for a Natural and Painless Childbirth
Hundreds of women have a painless childbirth everyday. If this is new news to you, don’t worry as our culture has been doing its best to destroy the safety and beauty of normal childbirth for many generations. Thus you may wonder if a natural painless childbirth really is possible?
It was 8:30 am and I was headed to the bay to go for my normal daily swim. I was 41 weeks pregnant and knew little Naiya would be arriving soon. I drove down the beautiful windy road to Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, a resting home of the wild spinner dolphins. I put on my snorkel, mask and fins and swam out about 100 yards where a pod of dolphins welcomed me. I followed them another 100 yards and found myself immersed with dolphins. Shortly after, I started to have contractions in the open waters, with the dolphins.
I felt peace, joy, love, happiness, and excitement. I allowed the salt water to hold me as I breathed through the contractions. I floated blissfully in the warm waters, the sun shined, and I knew my body knew exactly what to do. After an hour and half I decided to head home and take a nap. I called my midwives on the way back and climbed into bed. I slept on and off between contractions, breathing, surrendering, and allowing my mind to drift.
As the sun started to set, I went back to the bay where my midwives met me. I labored hugging a large palm tree overlooking the bay. I felt Naiya was going to come soon as the contractions became stronger with a shorter rest. When light turned to dark we drove up the windy road in which I asked to pull over every minute, allowing myself to move and flow with each contraction. We pulled in and I had one thought on my mind, “I want to get into a warm tub of water now”, and that is what I did. Within 40 minutes Naiya was in my arms, my three year old son joined us in the bath, and we were so relaxed.
The magic of Naiya’s birth spawned a new perception of birth. Even though I had my son naturally at a birth center, this birth was really something different. As I reflected, I knew exactly what it was…the preparation I did during my pregnancy with Naiya. I was recently a single mom; pregnant, alone, afraid, and confused. You can read my entire story here, but the point is, I was forced to do my inner work: releasing my fears, finding my breath, exercising, acquiring knowledge and trusting in my intuition and the universe. Opening the door to explore my mind, body and spirituality during pregnancy prepared me for the love and empowerment I felt during Naiya’s birth. Since then I created Conscious Pregnancy Retreats and Workshops as well as an online program to prepare women for a natural and painless childbirth.
The Truths Of A Painless Childbirth
Hundreds of women have a painless childbirth everyday. If this is new news to you, don’t worry as our culture has been doing its best to destroy the safety and beauty of normal childbirth for many generations. Thus you may wonder if a painless childbirth really is possible?
If you are you excited to learn and prepare for an un-medicated natural childbirth with a labor that is dignified and empowering you have come to the right place. Fit For Birth’s secrets for a painless natural childbirth teaches you how listening to your body, applying abdominal breathing, and being mentally, emotionally and physically prepared ensures you a calm, quiet and relaxed labor. According to Susan McCutcheon (Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way), “Relaxation not only diminishes our responses to pain but reduces and eliminates the sensation itself”.
But by far, the largest obstacle inhibiting your painless childbirth is Fear, fear of the pain in labor and delivery, fear of possible complications, and fear of the unknown. Fear that has been taught to you from family, friends, your partner, doctors or midwives, books, television shows, movies, the news, and even the Bible. So how can you re-program years of fear and doubt?
How Can You Eliminate the Fear of Pain in Childbirth?
If you are to deliver pain-free you must prepare in advance, ideally months in advance. Ignorance of pregnancy, labor and delivery will not guide you through a pain-free birth in the hospital, birth center or at home. But understanding and confidence of your magical body can replace your inhibiting influence of fear. In our Fit For Birth course you will learn how to prepare yourself for the birth of your baby in a way that enables you to relax. Dr. Dick-Read author of Childbirth Without Fear, explains without relaxation there is tension that causes resistance and then pain, particularly during the first stage of labor. It is a scientific fact that a completely relaxed person cannot experience pain.
Knowledge and confidence are two of the major roles in eliminating fear of childbirth as Dr. Dick-Read states, pain can be eliminated in over 90 percent of laboring women by substituting understanding for fear, but other contributing factors include proper breathing, exercise, choosing your right care-taker, educating your partner, and eliminating any influences that can drag you back to the “fear zone”.
So What Makes Labor Painless?
If there were only one answer it would be eliminating fear and substituting knowledge, but there are many other contributing factors that greatly ease your labor and delivery. In Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, Susan McCutheon states “In order to insure relaxation, the laboring woman should use abdominal breathing” and Janet Balaskas, author of Active birth adds if during labor you feel tense, anxious, or fearful, you can use deep breathing to calm and center yourself. Deep abdominal breathing is a proven method to relax the body that breaks the fear-tension-pain relationship.
According to Dr. Clapp author of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, women who exercised during their pregnancy had a 35 percent decrease in the need of pain medication and a 75 percent decrease in maternal exhaustion. Exercising not only increases your mind body relationship, it creates natural pain relief, called endorphins, and it is a scientific fact the more you exercise the more endorphins you release, and it becomes easier for your body to release these natural pain-killers, which by the way are 200 times stronger than any synthetic pain reliever. These endorphins are released in labor, so would you want more endorphins or less?
Mentally an physically preparing yourself for long hours of hard work, for powerful sensations, and an understanding of exactly what your body is going to go through during each stage of labor will reward you with the most empowering moment of your life. If you believe you can have a painless birth, you are already one step ahead. As you may already know: If you believe labor will be painful it will be and if you believe it is an amazing natural phenomena, that only you as a woman can do painlessly, it will be. So what do you want to believe?
Discover The 30 Secrets For A Natural and Painless Childbirth
How would you like to have a day-by-day guide, leading you to a painless birth? We will not only divulge our secrets but those of many others. These include techniques, tools and exercises compiled just for you. You must remember a painless childbirth is not easy. The preparation takes a mental and physical commitment. You are not guaranteed a painless birth, but with our course you are guaranteed complete knowledge of the birthing process eliminating fear while gaining courage and the best chance possible for a natural painless childbirth. This course is 30 days, that is right, you will receive an email for the next 30 days to increase your knowledge and preparation giving you the confidence to experience the best kept secret of childbirth, the rush of love hormones overcoming your body as your new baby arrives. Here is a sneak peek: just a few topics from your 30-day course:
- Day 8: Labor Training- “Exercises Building a Stronger and Healthier Placenta, Mommy and Baby, Eliminating Exhaustion and the Need for Pain Medication”
- Day 9: “How to get your Partner on your Side, and 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Regarding Who Should be Laboring by your Side”
- Day 11: “Visualization Exercises to Program your Body for the Ease of Birth”
- Day 16: Legitimate Fear, How it got here and why it must go. Learn the truths of hospital births, especially in America, and how you can save yourself from the slippery slope of drugs, interventions, and c-sections with this little bit of knowledge.
- Day 26: Work out relationship problems/issues now. Because the quality of your relationship with your partner forms the emotional climate into which your baby is born, it is crucial to deal with any problems now. How can you move closer to your partner right now?
- Day 27: What you need to know about the second stage of labor (pushing). What is the ring of fire? What positions are encouraged and what position to avoid at all costs and why.
How Did We Discover The Secrets Of Painless Childbirth?
When we found out I was pregnant we were so excited to prepare for a natural childbirth! It was a no-brainer decision until we started searching for a doctor. To our surprise, it was extremely difficult to find a doctor who supported our wishes. We also quickly realized how much we did not know about natural childbirth and the dilemma women face when birthing in hospitals.
We have lived an extremely holistic life, coaching hundreds of men, women, children, and pregnant women for the past 10 years. But we soon realized, we were experts in prenatal exercise and nutrition but so unfamiliar with the choices pregnant women really have when searching for birth options and the actual birthing process. Yes, we knew physically what happens to the body, but we lacked the knowledge of the emotional connection and the importance educating pregnant women like myself about the stages of labor.
After giving up on finding a natural doctor and hearing so many heart-breaking birth stories from moms who delivered in the hospital, we thought we were going to fly to another country to deliver as my parents lived in Switzerland at the time. We thought for sure we would find better care there. I even went there for 2 weeks to scout places to birth, but once my parents were informed of my great idea, they were extremely reluctant, because of their fear if something were to happen, my hospital bills would be extremely expensive in another country. Not only that, my mom was extremely nervous as she went into preterm labor with two babies, and they both died. And she attempted a VBAC with me but was rushed for an emergency C-Section due to malpresentation. I understood why she had so much fright but I had to explain to her that this is my birth and it did not need to be a repeat of her tragic experiences.
Unfortunately, many women listen to their mother’s fears and then doubt their ability to birth naturally and pain free. I started to see a common theme, all of my friends wanted to birth in the hospital, just in case something were to happen. They all were in fear, and guess what, all of them either were induced, had an epidural, or they were rolled off to a C-Section. I knew I had to find a midwife if I wanted to experience the great joy and self-satisfaction of being a woman and that is what I did.
To my surprise, there were three birth centers within and hour of my home. I toured the Miami Maternity Center first, and felt so comfortable that I didn’t even look at the others. Not only that, I fell in love with them when I was informed they had a midwifery program! I felt my new passion bubbling inside, I wanted to become a midwife. With no time to waste, I enrolled in the midwifery program when I was 4 months pregnant, attending classes at night, performing prenatal visits during the day, and assisting in deliveries day and night within a month.
I became obsessed with natural birth and angered that so many women, who were merely unprepared for childbirth, were being stripped of the beauty and empowerment of natural birth. Not only that, they ended up birthing in fear which led to pain, which led to intervention, which led to fetal distress, which led to more anxiety, and in the end a traumatic experience. And this happens thousands of times every day. I knew I had to find a way to educate moms not only about their options for birth, but the truths of childbirth and how to reinstate courage and confidence in the phenomena of natural childbirth.
I remember the first time I transferred a mom to the hospital as she was stuck at 9 centimeters for hours. I thought no big deal, we will go to the hospital, the staff will welcome her, the doctor will check her and decide on a protocol. Well I was a little mistaken. We arrived to the labor and delivery floor where the nurses were fighting with me, saying they could not see her and that no one had informed them we were on our way. After a few phone calls to the doctor, who was notified of the transfer, they found her a bed and a gown. This initial entrance changed the laboring mom’s entire state of mind, and she immediately started to fear what was going to happen. She held my hand tightly as the nursed strapped her fetal monitors on and told her she was going to check her and it might hurt. I felt so bad for the laboring mom, as tears started to roll down her cheeks. She thought she was a failure and the nurses were treating her like one, implying a mood of why would you even try a natural birth. I only imagined the treatment and fear other laboring moms were experiencing, women who did not have someone at their side who believed in them, encouraging the progress they were making.
I know not every hospital is like this but statistics prove this trend as C-section rates are at their highest, and some hospitals boast induction rates as high as 80%. Nurses feel pressured to keep their laboring women “on schedule” dripping pitocin into the IV. Not only that, they are overloaded with patients and can’t spend time dealing with the laboring mom’s emotions. It really has become a factory, and it is quite disturbing.
So here I am now informing you on your choices and encouraging you to experience the most beautiful thing in life, the natural, pain-free birth of your newborn baby.
Your pregnancy and delivery is special. It can be a burden or thrilling, painful or orgasmic. The greatest part of pregnancy is, you can learn how to create your perfect and painless childbirth. You will receive the 30 day course with special tips for every stage of pregnancy and labor. You will know exactly what to expect when labor comes and you will be able to apply all of the techniques to a controlled, intense, beautiful birth! Nowhere else will you find the information we are about to share.
My Birth Stories
It was June 2nd , around 3 am I was awakened by mild contractions. This was new to me as I never felt Braxton Hicks contractions during my pregnancy. My intuition told me, today was the day, I was in labor. I went back to bed, knowing I needed rest for the long day ahead of me. At 7 am I got a call from the birth center, calling me in to coach a laboring mom and I proudly replied, I will be there soon, but not to coach today, I too am going to have my baby. Around 10 am I went to the birth center to be checked, and sure enough I was in labor. I was 3 centimeter, effacing nicely, and the baby was engaged in the pelvis.
I left the center to get some lunch and rented a few movies, knowing a first time labor can take many hours. To my surprise, my contractions stopped as I watched the movies. It seemed so weird at the time, but when I look back, it is just another example of the natural course of labor, unpredictable and uncontrollable. The baby comes when it is ready.
Eventually, James asked me, “Do you want to have your baby today, or do you want to watch another movie?” Well we opted for the baby, so we turned off the television and just hung out like two little love birds, and sure enough the contractions resumed. We swayed together and rested together for a few more hours. Around 10 p.m. I decided it was time to go to the birth center, I could feel the changes occurring in my body, the contractions were becoming more intense, and I could only think about climbing into a warm tub of water.
When I arrived I was 7 centimeters (10 is complete). I climbed right into the warm water and completely relaxed for an hour. What a great recovery period. I then decided I was ready to meet my little baby, so I started squatting in the tub and in a way dancing with the contractions, allowing my little baby to work his way down the birth canal.
By 2:15 I was complete and Kaden was delivered 15 minutes later, pain-free! Watch my birth.
You can watch our entire journey below.
Finally, the Truths Of Labor And Delivery
The TV and Media have instilled in us that childbirth is painful and frantic. The pregnant woman panics as her water suddenly breaks. The dad is frantically running around the house, looking for the already packed suitcase. He finds it, grabs it and runs to the car, forgetting his partner. They finally arrive the emergency room drop off where a nurse rolls out the wheelchair and the panicked couple is escorted to the labor and delivery floor where she screams her baby out.
The truth is:
- Less than 7% of labors begin with broken waters.
- Labor usually lasts between 12 and 24 hours for a first time mom.
- A mom can push anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours.
- If your water breaks first, you still may not have contractions for minutes up to hours.
- Every interventive obstetric technique has known side effects for mother and baby.
- Your body produces much stronger analgesic and anesthetic drugs naturally through hormones.
- If you do not fear the birthing experience, it is beautiful and painless.
How Do Other Cultures Birth?
In other cultures, childbirth is regarded as a natural, normal event in a woman’s life. In Brigette Jordan’s book Birth in Four Cultures she wrote: “There is in Dutch participants a deep-seated conviction that the woman’s body knows best and that, given enough time, nature knows best and that, given enough time, nature will take its course”. How often do you hear this from your doctor? The birthing women in other cultures are given support from other women, and children are often present to witness the event. In this way, birth is celebrated and honored. Young girls then grow up with the belief system that birth is a positive event and their expectations of childbirth reflect this attitude. As a result, their births are similar to their predecessors, without pain and fear. They have a positive expectation of childbirth. In our culture, it is very much the opposite.
For many generations we have been told that delivering a baby is many hours of painfully agonizing work, to be faced with fear and trepidation. We have heard stories from well-meaning friends and family that send shivers up our spines, and so the legacy continues. We experience pain in childbirth, in part because we very much expect to: unless you change your perspective and train for your natural painless birth, you too can fall victim to a scary birth.
This is not your typical approach to childbirth but it works. We promise you will be extremely prepared and confident when you go into labor, and if you successfully implement these proven tools and techniques you will enjoy the bliss that we did and hundreds of others experience everyday.
Who Should Take This Course?
But this is not for every pregnant woman. If you are uninterested in birthing naturally, or feel you do not have the time to learn about the phenomena of your changing body please do not sign up. If you do not believe women can and do experience painless birth please do not sign up. And lastly if you think you know everything there is to know about childbirth please do not sign up.
If you are ready to embark on the most exciting journey of your life please sign up now. If you believe you will be the next painless birth success story, please sign up. If you are ready to throw your fears out the door and start preparing for your perfect birth, Sign up Now. Whether you are 7 weeks pregnant or 27 weeks pregnant sign up now.
How Much Would You Pay for Your Perfect Birth?
Some women pay thousands of dollars to have a doula present at their birth, others pay hundreds of dollars for a 6 week or 8 week childbirth education class, and others pay thousands for their perfect health care provider. You want to be in the best hands and want the best chance possible to deliver naturally and pain-free.
Fit For Birth’s Online course has just been updated, (July 2012) with new videos and current statistics. The entire 30-day course, is available for $47.
You will receive this invaluable knowledge, tools, and exercises to create your perfect pain-free natural birth. Your investment is just $47. Get excited preparing for your birth. Find your peace throughout labor, and deliver your baby with joy.
Preparing For A Natural and Painless Birth Has Added Benefits
In this program you will be taught physical movement with proper breathing, mental imagery techniques, tools to get in touch with your emotions, and the knowledge to give you the confidence to not only birth naturally and pain-free but this program can help dramatically change the tragic trend we face in today’s modern world.
There are many who have argued that a woman’s body has one purpose: to successfully birth. Successful birth starts by upholding a body healthy enough to attract a mate. It is then dependant upon the maintenance of a body healthy enough to implant a fertilized egg. Soon-to-be-Mom must then have an adequate level of health to optimally nurture the fetus for the nine months of pregnancy. The pregnant mom is then asked to give all of her health and vitality towards an intense labor that often lasts 12-24 hours. New mom must then have the health reserves to begin the demanding act of caring for a newborn, complete with sleepless nights and constant vigilance. It is imperative that a pregnant mom does everything in her power to maximize her health, for her own sake, and for the sake of her child.
Today, it is estimated that one in seven couples are infertile. Of those who can conceive, one of every three deliveries will be performed via major surgery. Today, one of every two children born will be autistic, asthmatic, diabetic, obese, or have ADHD. Half of the population will arrive with an already-debilitating chronic ailment, and the trend is rising.
To be sure, there are many factors that combine to hurt or help the health of our pregnant mothers and knowing you are consciously taking steps to nurture yourself and unborn baby are great starting points to aid you both to a healthy, happy pregnancy and a greater chance a natural and pain-free birth.
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