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October 15th, 2008, 08:18 AM
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Well, I have been planning a homebirth (natural of course) for awhile now-- but I'm ashamed to say, I've never made time for a birthing class. I worked 50+ hours a week, and was working on completely renovating the baby's room. So unfortunately, I didn't find the time for any classes, such as hypnobirthing, etc.

(I know, I'm kicking myself for this now, wondering how I'm going to make it through labor!)

Do you ladies have any advice to follow to have a natural birth? Do you know of any videos online, free or not, that I could watch? Hypnobirthing really sounds great, but I'm running out of time!

Thanks ladies!!
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October 15th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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Find ways to relax. If you can figure out how to relax your entire body and practice that, that will really help you during contractions. I took hypnobirthing and we worked from head to toe and counted down from 10. So, for 10, you relax your scalp and your eyes and your face. Then for 9, you relax your neck and shoulders and then go from there.
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October 15th, 2008, 03:19 PM
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Don't fight it, work with your body while you are in labor. I focused on breathing to help me get through the contractions and it worked well.
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)

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October 15th, 2008, 03:20 PM
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Also listen to your midwife. I didn't do any child birthing classes before my natural birth with my son but I found that if I listened to my midwife it helped me to concetrait on things other than the pain, she was telling me to breathe in through your nose out through your mouth, it helped.
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October 15th, 2008, 03:23 PM
Super Mommy
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Thanks ladies! I will have my midwife, and doula there. I'm also going to have a friend who's had a few homebirths, there. So I feel like I have a good team to help me as well!
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October 16th, 2008, 06:02 AM
DoulaMama's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I personally advocate a doula before birth classes- I think if you can only have one- that is the one to have.... a real person beats booklearning and watching videos anyday. Also- call your doula and ask her anything you need to know- she is sure to know tons of childbirth education.

there is tons of info on the web.... some good places to start are:

youtube- tons of videos- search for homebirth
and the mothing.com articles section

good luck- I'm sure you'll do fine!!!!
Cheryl, mama to Noah Paul born 12/26/09, wife to wonderful hubby Rob
I am proudly a homebirthing, excluively breastfeeding from the tap, constantly babywearing, bed sharing, attached mama to a high needs baby. He is a part time diaper-free baby!

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October 16th, 2008, 06:59 AM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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talk to your doula, you guys should work out a plan. She should be doing a home visit with you before your birth, at least mine did.

If you have time to read at all, Ina May's guide to childbirth is a favorite around here. It's jam packed with inspiring stories of wonderful births!
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October 16th, 2008, 04:54 PM
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I agree with the other ladies on everything they said. You are going to fine! It sounds like you are going to have an amazing team for support. I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about it!

Also, maybe this thread can give you some ideas you hadn't thought of:


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October 20th, 2008, 08:54 PM
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Thanks ladies!! This really helped!! I was really getting worried, but I think I do have a great team that'll be with me. I think I'm really mentally ready, and that's about all I can ask for!! I'll check out the links, etc.

Thanks again!!
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October 21st, 2008, 12:16 PM
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Just wanted to say good luck. I didn't take a childbirth class either and did fine with my son's birth. You just have to be committed, which it seems that you are. It also appears that you have an incredible support team ready to help you and I think you will find that to be wonderful. I can't wait to hear your birth story. I am also planning a homebirth this time and look forward to another positive experience. Be sure to kup!

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