Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth
At this stage, use aBach Flower Rescue Remedy. A recommended amount would be20 drops in a glass of water and sip whenever you feel called to.
This stage is characterized by low adrenalin; a time of waiting while the body does thework of opening up. Try not to resist it.
Breathe in when the rush (“contraction”)comes and breathe out during it.
The birth assistant should frequently remind you tocontinue breathing and relaxing. Our doula had a helpful reminder for this. The sayinggoes “As above, so below.” This refers to our jaws. If we are tense in our mouth, jaw,and neck, so everything will also be below. Tension is not recommended here.
the jaw and everything below will follow suit.Time the rushes (“contractions”). Stay upright as much as you can and keep moving!Work with gravity and the direction the baby will come out. Also, minimize distractionsand interruptions.
This is a sacred time shared by the lineage of womenthroughout all of time.
This is a time to be supported with maximum comfort, support,encouragement, and reassurance.To help with energy levels, sip watered down fruit juice between rushes to keep bloodsugar levels up. Continue to use the Rescue Remedy as needed.
This is the point where the cervix is fully dilated and the rushes will now begin to helppush the baby out. Frequently, this is where a desire for drug intervention is mostdesired. An alternative, though, is to
, change scenery by moving to otherparts of your birthing location.
Continue to breathe!
the baby coming out asyou would like. Talk to it. Remember to take the Rescue Remedy as needed.
High adrenalin levels come on and action is taken for delivery of the baby. The pushingwill just happen. If the rushes have many peaks, divide the out-breath; as if blowing outseparate candles.
This is the delivery of the placenta. Note: it’s not unusual for contractions to stop for awhile before pushing the placenta out.There’s so much more that could be said about each of these stages. This is intendedto give you a brief overview for educational purposes. For more detailed information, I’dhighly recommend reading “A Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May!