The only prep I did for my birth with my first was hypnobirthing, and while I got my unmedicated birth (on pit no less) I felt very very very unprepared for it. In this episode I go over three problems with my birth prep and what you can do instead.
Three ways hypnobirthing didn’t prepare me for birth:
1. I didn’t practice the techniques enough
Just like with any type of meditation technique, I didn;t practice them enough to actually be able to utilize them once labor really took off. I had no ways to cope with labor during active labor or transition and labor actually slowed partly because of it.
Solution: Teach your birth partner your coping techniques so they can help you get through the harder parts of labor, use hypnobirthing audiotracks, and have other tools in your labor coping tool kit.
2. I was not prepared to handle the hospital interventions
While the original hypnobirthing book does cover belief in birth and has a whole chapter on not needing a bunch of “stuff” to birth your baby, there were no tips on exactly what that stuff was and how to navigate around the hospital interventions in an informed way. So while I knew enough to decline pitocin just because my waters were broken, when they suggested it because labor was moving slow, I didn’t know what to do.
3. I didn’t know how intense birth would be
There is some degree of this for all moms. You can’t truly understand what birth is like til you experience it. However, I think knowing the signs of transition and how my mindset would shift would have been valuable to know while I was preparing for birth.
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