Techniques I Used to Have a Natural Childbirth
Before I even got pregnant with our son, I knew that I wanted to have a natural childbirth. It was not easy but I am so glad that I did. Here are the techniques I used to manage my pain and ease the experience.
Having a Focal Point
We learned this technique in a childbirth preparation class we took. For me, my focal point was my husband’s face. Every time a contraction would start, I would focus on my husband’s face as I breathed through the contraction. It helped keep me focused on my breathing and eased the pain.
Remembering to Breathe
My husband and I practiced breathing techniques once a week for months before I delivered. This helped make breathing through each contraction easier when labor came. We sat down for about 15 minutes each week to practice breathing. When I went into labor it felt natural to look at my husband’s face and breathe through each contraction since that is what we had been practicing for months. Counting to four on the in and out breath gave me something to focus on as I was breathing.
My husband gave me words of encouragement throughout my natural childbirth process. This was especially helpful during the pushing process. The pressure of pushing our baby out was intense and hearing him tell me that I was doing great helped me continue pushing through the pain.
In the earlier parts of labor, having a distraction between contractions helped me focus on something other than when the next contraction was coming. A photo album of our honeymoon was the most useful distraction item that we brought along. It was nice to remember fun memories as we looked at the pictures. We brought along games and books but I do not think I would have been able to focus on either enough for it to help.
While I know a natural childbirth experience is not for everyone, it was perfect for me. What helped the most was finding and practicing techniques that worked for me ahead of time. It made me more comfortable with the breathing techniques and helped me practice focusing.