Whether you have a long labor, a short labor, or something in between, there will come a time when you have to draw within yourself to gather the energy you need to see your birth through. This was definitely my favorite affirmation - mantra really - as we hit the point in labor when there was barely time to let go of all the tension before another contraction started again.
I envisioned the energy around me as a vortex, and as I inhaled I swirled energy into me and as I exhaled I sent all my tiredness and tension away.
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 honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, I am going to devote
the next two Tuesday posts with some information on cesareans. I am not going to write a lot on how to avoid
one in the first place or the specifics of a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
(“VBAC”) since there is already a wealth of information at the International
Cesarean Awareness Network (“ICAN”) and Childbirth Connection websites. Instead
I will offer an introduction to the topic for people who are not aware that
cesareans are performed at an alarming high rate, and offer a quick look at
causes and precautions.