In your private class there is not time for additional viewing of videos that complement our course outline. Please enjoy the following. Make note of any questions that come up for discussion in our one-on-one time together.
Christina & Adam are planning an un-medicated birth. They spend several hours laboring at home before they go to the hospital. Notice the ways Adam supports Christina, the ways she is supported by hospital personnel. What surprises you in this birth? What questions does it raise about where you are planning to give birth?
Chelsea and her husband have an epidural birth with augmentation procedures. Notice the timing of her birth. Did the epidural slow down the process or speed it up?
Relaxation, Rhythm, Ritual
Relaxation is an important element in early labor and then when active labor commences she should be able to relax between contractions or surges. In each stage of labor, birthing persons innately develop rituals (behaviors or vocalizations used throughout several contractions) for coping through the pain. As long as these behaviors or sounds have a rhythm, the birthing person is doing quite well. Follow along through 26 contractions in each stage of labor: early, active, transition, pushing and birth. Even when the mother cries out or roars, her body releases endorphins that cause her to appear to have a narcotic, deep relaxation response.