I have learned so much these past 8.5 months! I used to be so afraid of childbirth, and the process of having a baby. I think one of the biggest reasons I felt this way was because of what we are generally told about childbirth.
As I started on my journey into motherhood, much like I started my journey into fitness, I put one toe in at a time and tried to learn as much as possible. I like to learn, but I need to learn at a slower pace sometimes so I can really absorb the material.
Since I love learning more about living a holistically vibrant life, I started reading and researching natural and holistic ways that women give birth. I found a completely different approach to pregnancy and childbirth that I never realized existed. There really are natural ways to have your baby that aren’t scary at all, and that have made me empowered and excited to give birth! Like most people, I always think of hospitals with women lying on their back to give birth screaming in pain. This was a picture that was always in the forefront in my mind. This does not have to be the case though! There are so many options for you and your little one. You don’t have to go to a hospital if you don’t want to, and if you choose the hospital setting then there are natural ways to give birth there as well!
I would encourage you if you are newly pregnant (even if you have already had a baby before) to really explore the different options. I am not saying you shouldn’t be in a hospital (that is where I will deliver), but we have chosen a hospital with a natural birthing center attached! How amazing is that? I didn’t even know those existed until I started looking more into it.
Along with having your baby, it is so overwhelmingly amazing how unique and strong God designed the women’s body to be. I have one of the greatest childbirth teacher of all time, and she has really shown the amazing abilities of our bodies and what they are capable of! I have had the privilege to hear story after story of amazing births from women that really loved the process. I never knew anyone who loved childbirth so much!
Our bodies were made to deliver babies. This is a shocker to people, but they were made to deliver babies even without any medication! Now let me stop there… I am not saying that there isn’t a place for it (because there certainly is) especially in life or death situations. Unlike what we normally see though, our bodies weren’t designed to be in a lying position for childbirth. One of the biggest take aways from my birthing class is to move around and be in positions that are better for the baby to move out of the body. Your midwife or doctor can be a great resource as to help share what some of these positions are!
This blog post isn’t for sharing specifics, but I just wanted you to know that there are other ways to deliver that aren’t scary! My childbirth instructor always tells me that the more knowledge you have over the situation the less you will fear.
I want to encourage you to try to seek out information on what a natural childbirth looks like in the way God designed it. It simply is amazing! Seek out the best birthing options for you and your family since every situation is different:) You don’t have to just go along with the norm because you think that is the only way… you have options!!
There are also specific exercises you can do to help your body prepare for birth! I will be sharing some of these in the next couple of weeks in a youtube video so stay tuned!
If you want to connect and ask me any specific questions please feel free!! I wish I would have had someone to talk to before trying to navigate this crazy world myself 🙂
If you are in the Akron, OH area I would HIGHLY recommend taking this childbirth class!
Here’s to a healthy pregnancy!
Disclaimer: There are many healthy ways to give birth. That is why you should talk to a doctor or midwife about which options are best for you and your family situation:)