Top Tips for Birth
When I was pregnant I wanted to hear everyone's top tips for birth - forget the horror stories, just tell me what worked in a positive way.
For this weeks blog, I decided to share some of the collective knowledge from mothers, midwives, antenatal teachers and Doulas from our amazing Natal Hypnotherapy practitioners, so read the 20 top tips for a positive birth. (which would also make great birth affirmations!)
Top 20 tips:-
Top Tip 1. Remember that this is your birth, your baby, your body.
You only get this experience once so make sure everyone in that birthing room is having a positive influence on your journey into parenthood
Holly Heather, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 2. You can plan for the best or you can hope for the best.
Planning increases positivity and confidence and provides tools, techniques and coping strategies that are useful in any labour setting.
Hoping has you crossing your fingers whilst remaining anxious and without a sense of control.
So rather than merely hoping for a positive birth, plan for one!
Zana Parker, mum, NCT teacher and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 3. Stay at home as long as you can If having a hospital birth.
Think home labour ..... hospital birth.
Gem Nealon, midwife, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 4. Practise practise practise! (your hypnosis that is)
Trust that if you are practising then it will be working, your subconscious mind will be taking it all in.
Katy Coles White, Midwife, Healothe visitor, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 5. Preparation is key to success on the day!!.
Preparation is key to success on the day.
The power of the mind is phenomenal, believe you can and you're half way there.
Any thing is possible if you believe.
Lucy Pilkington, maternity reflexologist, doula mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
!Top Tip 6. It is your body, your birth and your body.
You are in control. Own it.
Caroline Thompson, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 7. Get informed about all your options.
Remember your BRAINS if needing to make decisions!
Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Instincts, Nothing, Smile
Jenny Hassett, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 8. Stay in control of your breath.
When we have control of our breath we can control the our physiological selves; giving us a calm mind, lowering heart rate, lowering blood pressure and giving us the ability to see things clearly and calmly.
It is very hard for adrenaline to take over when we are in this state.
Janine King, NCT teacher, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 8. Take it all in your stride but be confident in what you want!!
Take responsibility for your own birth - only you will birth your baby
Lynsey Currie, Midwife, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 10. Remember you're a mammal
Aim to birth like a mammal - make sure your birthing space is quiet, dark, private, safe
Claire Waters, Midwife Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 11. Breathe all the way down to baby.
Breathe in courage, expand, focus on softening.
Then breathe out fear, focus, think about opening.
Elaine McMahon Dossett, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 12. Always remember - each contraction is one less.
Each contraction is one step closer to meeting your baby.
Sandra Bush, NCT teacher, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 13. You are not tempting fate by planning and preparing!!
Do your research, do your preparation and own your birth.
It's too important to leave it to anyone else.
Natalie Qureshi, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 14. Calm and contented mummy = calm and contented baby
Research has shown that a relaxed mummy can significantly help your baby be calm
Rebecca Rowley, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 15. Listen to your body and trust your instincts!!
Your body has all the hormones it needs to birth your baby - even if you were in a coma!
Yvonne Hopkinson, NCT teacher, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 16. It's your journey and no one else's
Walk your path with calmness and confidence.
Your body and your baby are working together - you've got this!
Nicola Witcombe, Midwife, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 17. Don't be scared to consider a home birth - you always have the right to transfer.!!
Learn about birth hormones, because understanding how well they have been designed to help you gives you a great deal of confidence in your body.
Loving support is fantastically effective pain management
Olivia Southey, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 18. Be informed then choose your path with confidence.
Every pregnancy & every birth is unique. Make yours the best it can be.
Lindsay Weitzman, Midwife and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 19. Self hypnosis is a skill for life!
The day your baby is born can be amazing!
It's also the beginning into the wonderful journey of being a parent.
Melissa Booth, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Top Tip 20. Having a birth project lined up to occupy you in the excitement phase!!!!!</span>
That really helped switch off my neo cortex and let my body get on with labouring without any adrenaline interfering!
Katie Jayne Baker, mum and Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner