Sometimes birth doesn't go the way we planned it. We plan and we plan and when the day finally comes, maybe it's not exactly what we thought it was going to be. Going into our birth experiences, we should always strive to have realistic expectations and understand that things could go a little crazy.
We all have seen the old adage of movie stars giving birth flat on their back in every moving portraying birth... ever. They usually make it look terrifying and not like something I would ever want to do!
The great thing is that trying different labor positions and birthing positions is becoming the norm and screaming flat on your back is no longer what we expect during birth.
I want to share with you three of my favorite laboring and pushing positions as you plan for your upcoming birth.
So many times in the past few weeks, the idea of an empowering birth experience has been brought up. I've had the opportunity to introduce myself as a doula multiple times and I'm still a little shocked at the relationship that has been put onto doulas and natural birth.
I am not a natural birth advocate.
I am a supporter of all things that empower my clients.
I delivered my first child almost five years ago. I remember the excitement building as the days came closer to when we would meet him. As first time parents, we didn't really "know" what to expect. Everything we knew about birth and delivery came from our birth classes, first hand accounts of fellow friends, family members and what we had seen in the movies. It turns out, theres a lot of biased information out there when only reverting to these few resources!