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Managing or coping with natural labor

Losing Modesty (as it relates to labor!)

We are reviewing the stages of labor as we are entering the last classes of our series.  One of the big outward signs that labor is progressing is the mother's loss of modesty.

A dad, asked, "What does that mean, losing modesty?"  So here is a visual as well as a description of what your partner may be doing as she loses modesty.

This is what I look like on a regular, non-labor day.  I usually have my arms covered, my clothes is loose, I almost always wear pants.  Occasionally, I wear pedal pushers.

Natural Labor Coping Techniques

Here are some of the ways we recommend our students manage their labor without analgesics or anesthetics.  Even when they are used in labor, we are so happy that our couples use them as tools to manage a long labor and their children are born nursing vigorously and with high APGAR scores.

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson  Mom and Coach are informed. 
Through the course of The Bradley Method® class series, parents are taught about what to expect as “normal” in labor, what the variations on normal might be, the different options and interventions in labor, and how to recognize a complication that warrants a change in the plan for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

Failing to Progress or Naturally Aligning

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson  We have had a couple of students have had textbook “NAPS” in the last two classes…and since we still have several couples waiting for their babies, I thought this might be a reminder and an inspiration to them for their labors.  NAP – no, they didn’t take epic naps in labor (although I am a big advocate for sleeping in labor)…what it means is that they were very patient in their labors.   

One of the cornerstones of The Bradley Method® is a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.  All of the discussion below only applies if Mom and Baby are not showing any signs of distress through labor.

In Their Own Words: Hanson Birth Story

I am grateful to Jennifer and Devin Hanson for giving me permission to add their birth story to our Birth Story Archive.  Their generosity is premiering our first twin story.  They have an inspiring story that is a testament to faith and belief in your body, your coach and your birth team.
 
Jennifer was also kind enough to share some thoughts about Bradley Method® classes, care providers and life as a momma of twins.  Read our “virtual interview” below the links to her birth story.

Energy for Pregnancy and Labor


Energy in pregnancy and energy for laborI made the mistake of serving sweet gooey treats for snack in class tonight.  It got really quiet after we did our labor rehearsal – oops.

So what are ways of increasing your energy during pregnancy, or additionally, your labor, if you are feeling low energy?   

Abdominal Breathing 
 We talk about it often in class – deep abdominal breathing is one of the best ways to increase oxygen in your body while still maintaining a deep level of relaxation.   

 Chest breathing wastes a tremendous amount of energy.

Long Labors

Happy New Year!  Thank you to all of you, especially our regular readers – we are now embarking on our second year of musings about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting.  I welcome any comments you may have and suggestions on topics you are interested in exploring with me.
 
To close out last year, students from our fall series welcomed their child on December 31st.  They had what might be a record for longest labor from one of our students…51 hours!  This family labored for 2 days and 3 hours…our hats are off to them for making the decisions they needed to make in order to have a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

Coach's Pep Talk

Coach's Corner
Bruss reveals his secret to being a great coach today...this is my first insight into his process, too.  He has been an amazing coach at all of our births - now I know how he does what he does for our baby and me!~Krystyna

We are regularly contacted by our Bradley® students as they go into labor.  For first time parents there is almost an universal excitement.  It is great to talk to the Dads and hear the excitement in their voices...the nervous, anxious energy as they start the wonderful experience of child-birth with their partner.

Coaching Ideas

So we have our sweet Angelika sitting in on classes with us since she is still nursing exclusively.  At eleven-weeks old she is a relatively easy baby who sleeps or coos quietly during class time.  For now, I can only hope it is a nice motivation for our students to see this sweet baby and look forward to the day when they will be holding their own sweet child.
 
We taught Class 3 and had our first “scenario” coaching exercise last night.  I can see that it is hard for the coaches and the moms in our class to imagine being in the midst of labor.

Let’s talk about sex…

Does that title bring the Salt N’ Pepa song to mind?  In their song they talk about how sex is a taboo subject; sex and pregnancy is even more so.  How many of you have ever broached with the subject as a casual topic of conversation with your friends or family around the holiday table, “So, we’re pregnant now and we were wondering how your sex life was when you were pregnant – what can you tell us?”  Lead balloon warning!
 
I thought I would write a brief post on this since it came up in last night’s review class.

What Type Of Labor Are You Having?

We had the privilege of completing our sixth series as Bradley Method® instructors last night.  It is humbling to have couples trust us to help them prepare for the birth of their child – we always wonder if we did the best we could and break down every class on the way home.  We feel honored to have these wonderful people choose us as their childbirth educators given the variety of classes available to birthing couples today.
 
For labor rehearsal last night, we did an exercise in which we read out two scenarios: the “sprint” birth and the “marathon” birth.
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