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5 Ways To Empower Yourself During Labor

5 Ways To Empower Yourself During Labor

5 Ways To Empower Yourself During Labor

5 Ways To Empower Yourself During Labor

The moment your baby is pushed or pulled into the world is often a deeply moving, life-changing experience. The labor and delivery experience itself can be filled with a complex mix of emotions -- joy and relief, worry and pain. Regardless of the type of birth you choose, your birth story doesn’t have to be filled with stress or anxiety. There are many ways to feel empowered during the process. Here are five ideas for feeling strong and confident during labor and delivery.

Create A Labor Environment That’s Comfortable And Nurturing

Picture in your mind a day that’s relaxing, calm and free of stress. What does that look like? What’s around you? Now, think of how you can bring some of those elements in your delivery room. Would you like candles, essential oils, pictures of family, even a comfortable sweater or hoodie? Do you like the windows opened or closed, shades down or drawn? Give birth in a space where you feel safe and surround yourself with only positive energy.

Rock Your Own Playlist

Music is one of the best tools we have to connect our senses to our souls. Music can even release endorphins, which make you and your baby feel less stress. Between now and your delivery date, put together a playlist of songs that make you feel relaxed, calm, empowered and in control.

Write A Detailed Birth Plan...Then Be Prepared To Throw It Out The Window

Writing a birth plan can help expectant mothers can feel more confident in the birth process and reduce their fears of the unknown. Birth plans typically include names of everyone involved in the birth, due date, things you would like during labor, your ideal pain management program, things you would like after delivery, and any other concerns or fears you may have. But remember: try not to be married to the plan. Labor and delivery is a dynamic experience, so be prepared to accept a new plan on the fly if need be!

If You’re Delivering In A Hospital, Learn As Much As You Can About The Facility

Take a tour of the hospital, including a tour of the room where you’ll have your delivery. Ask questions about the location of items you may need: Birth balls, heat packs and blankets. Ask your nurse how to adjust the heat and air conditioning in the room to help make sure the temperature stays comfortable throughout your delivery. If you have a chance to meet the staff that will be on call during your due date, take the opportunity to introduce yourself!

Decide Who You Want With You During Delivery

Just as we discussed above, one of the keys to feeling relaxed during labor and delivery is surrounding yourself with the people with whom you feel most comfortable. Decide in advance who will be in the room with you, who you would like to have visit and who you want by your side during delivery. Then let everyone know in advance to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding during the day of your delivery.

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