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Making Your Birth Beautiful

Chelsea Gonzales

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Many people think birth is merely a messy thing that should be gotten through. They consider the process only a means to an end, and consider a healthy mother and baby the only true goals of labor and delivery.

The thing is, birth is so much more than that.

Childbirth is an amazing and beautiful thing. Sure, it’s messy, but those messes are minuscule when compare to the other spectacular things that happen during the process. Every single birth is an incredible miracle, and labor and delivery are so amazing that simply “getting through” them seems ridiculous to me.

In fact, doing what you can to make your birth a positive experience—and focusing on making labor a relaxing and connected time—could have an impact on you as a mama as well as your new baby. Therefore, I highly recommend removing yourself from the typical mindset of “getting through” labor and embracing the process for the miracle that it is. Do what you can to make your labor and delivery the birthing experience you dream of.

How can you create the beautiful birth you deserve? Try these simple yet effective methods.

Find Inspiration and Motivation

Great works of art are best created when a person is inspired, and athletes work best with motivation. Birthing is both an art and an athletic event. Therefore, you will want to have plenty of inspiration and motivation surrounding you during your pregnancy and labor.

Many women find it helpful to find affirmations that speak to them and create affirmation banners or flags to hang around their home and birthing space. Watching beautiful birth videos can also be inspiring during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Meanwhile, going into your birth both 1) informed of your options and 2) knowing what you want is certainly good motivation.

Create a Relaxing Space

Whether they’re delivering in a hospital or at home, creating a relaxing and comfortable space is very important for those mothers who wish to have beautiful birthing experiences.

Candles (real or battery operated) can provide the right kinds of lighting, and essential oils are a great way to fill the space with relaxing scents. As mentioned before, affirmation banners are always a good addition, and some favorite music can help make the space feel more welcoming.

Involve Your Partner

Nothing is more natural and calming than having your partner by your side during the delivery of your little one. Unfortunately, many partners feel uncomfortable and unsure of what to do during labor. For this reason, I highly recommend doing the last two things on this list as well.

Hire a Doula

Many people assume that hiring a doula means the partner of the birthing mama will be left out. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Doulas are actually great at ensuring both partners are involved in the process. They also work as advocates for the new mama and make sure she is comfortable throughout labor and delivery. Obviously, a doula is a must-have for those looking to experience a positive birth.

Learn Comfort Techniques

There are a number of wonderful ways to stay comfortable during labor, and most of them don’t require any drugs at all. From breathing techniques and new positions to water and imagery, learning plenty of different options can be immensely helpful.

Reading books and watching videos are two ways to learn these techniques. However, hands-on classes and workshops—such as this one I’ll be teaching soon—tend to be the best way to learn and get your partner involved. Not only will the class teach comfort measures, it’ll also cover communication during labor, making this an excellent way to help ensure you have a positive birthing experience.

Want to join my upcoming comfort measures class? Interested in hiring a doula? Either way, I’d love to hear from you and help you achieve the birth experience you want and deserve. Contact me today!

Preparing for an Amazing Hospital Birth

Chelsea Gonzales

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Whether you’re hoping for a natural birth or simply want to have a positive experience during your labor and delivery, you deserve to have your wish become a reality. Many women believe the only way have these things is to give birth at home. Fortunately, that simply isn’t true. Plenty of incredible and beautiful births take place in the hospital each and every day.

Still, if you’re heading into the hospital environment to have your baby, you will want to be properly prepared in order to ensure you have the pleasant experience you’ve been dreaming of.

Wondering what kinds of preparations you should make? Take a look at the list below!

Choose Well

First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure you choose the very best hospital and care provider for you. Make sure your doctor is enthusiastic about your birthing plans. Tour the hospital to make sure you feel comfortable there. Ask to meet the backup doctor.

If anything feels off about the hospital or provider you choose, trust your gut and keep looking.

Know What You Want (and What You Don’t)

When it comes to childbirth, nothing is more valuable than being informed. Doing your research beforehand and knowing exactly what you want and what you don’t want before going in is incredibly important. Many women find it helpful to create a printed birth plan to share with care providers. This ensures everyone is on the same page.

Be Familiar With Your Options

No matter how solid your birth plan may be, it’s likely to change. In the event something does need to stray from the plan, it’s incredibly useful to know your options. For this reason, reading, researching, and taking childbirth education classes are all immensely helpful.

Communicate Effectively

Sometimes, even passing out hard copies of your birth plan won’t be enough to communicate what you want. Things come up during the process that may not be included in your plan, and sometimes the plan isn’t read thoroughly. If this is the case, be sure to speak up and let your care provider(s) know your wishes. After all, nobody can help you get what you want if you don’t let them know.

Bring Backup

Many women don’t have the energy to communicate their wishes firmly and effectively during labor. For this reason, having a good doula by your side can be absolutely invaluable. A doula, in combination with a supportive partner, might be able to take all communication off your plate entirely, leaving you to focus on birthing your baby.

Make Yourself Comfortable

A sterile hospital room may feel like the best option for you, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the most comfortable. Make the space more comfortable for you by bringing battery-operated candles, some essential oils, pillows from home, and favorite music.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to know some comfort measures and other tips for staying relaxed during pregnancy. The best way to learn these is to attend a quality childbirth education class.

In just a few weeks I will be offering a fantastic class on preparing for an amazing hospital birth. This is a six-week session, and covers absolutely anything you might need to know when giving birth in a hospital. Attending this class is a wonderful way to ensure a positive birth experience.

If you’re interested in enrolling in my class or speaking with me about working as your doula, please contact me today. I’m always happy to help make birthing dreams come true.