Post # 1
I am considering my options for going through a natural childbirth. Ultimately I am not against an Epi if that’s what it comes too. I have read some birth stories where people could not progress because they were not relaxed enough, and if that happens to me and I have a long labor and need it, i want the epi to be an option.
However, I am looking into what I can do to try to prepare for natural birth without classes. My Fiance is traveling for work and cannot attend classes with me and its not in the budget to pay for a bunch. Has anyone found any good websites or cheap books I can read that talk about breathing techniques?
I will be giving birth at a hospital and I have to be induced early due to sever liver complications. I will be discussing my induction options more at my next apointment on September 3rd… but if pitocin is involved I’m not sure if water labor will be an option but I do know my hospital has a tub!
I am not into the hypnobirthing i believe it is, that is saying it’s just pressure it’s not pain. I’m more so looking at what kind of things will help me manage the pain…
-movements or positions to sit/lie/stand in
things like this. thanks in advance for tips!
Post # 3
@gpsp2B: there’s a website- I think birthbootcamp.com- that offers online birth classes!
Post # 5
As for books to read, I read Peggy Simkin’s “Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn” which was really incredibly comprehensive and had LOTS of information on positions and breathing techniques to get through labor naturally (as well as information on everything else you could possibly need to know about, well, pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns). Then I’d also highly recommend “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.” Ina May Gaskin is a rock star and reading her book will make you feel totally relaxed and confident that you can do it! I’m sure you can get both books used for cheap on Amazon. They’re both very popular.
I posted a thread recently about gathering information for a birth binder for my husband and mom, and the Bees who had been there talked me into at least looking for a doula. I didn’t want to originally, but I went to doulamatch.net and looked around and lo and behold, some doulas who are working on their certifications will charge nothing at all. Having a doula definitely beats taking childbirth classes, because you don’t have to worry about memorizing anything — that’s the doula’s job! She’s just a walking textbook of all the things you’d want to know during labor, from relaxation techniques to breathing techniques to positions. So take a look and see if there are any doulas in your area that are cheap/free. Everyone told me it’s totally worth it and I’m sure they’re right 🙂
Post # 6
I just found that website before this actually! I did look at some that weren’t terribly priced!