This is a guide for things to consider when preparing to welcome your baby into the world. I hope that it inspires you to make informed choices for your own family, whatever those may be.
My partner and I have formed this plan after doing a lot of research, speaking with midwives and doctors, assisting at births, and participating in childbirth classes. These are the choices we’ve made for our family. In no way am I suggesting that these choices are best for everyone. Every family has different needs and desires, and that's ok.
Birth is one of the biggest events I can experience in my life. It has the potential to be euphoric, empowering, and transformative. Women are designed to do this. Nature is intelligent. I trust my body and I trust my intuition.
“With healthcare in general, what we’ve lost sight of is normal, natural physiology. And the ability of the body to perform and function the way it’s designed to. And the ability of the body to heal and regenerate. And because we’ve lost sight of that, and we’re so dependent outside of ourselves for someone else to do it for us, it’s put women in a state of fear about birth. ‘I have to be where somebody is going to be there to rescue me’, rather than realizing, women have been giving birth for a long time, and we wouldn’t be here if it didn’t work. ‘Well, women have died in labor.’ If you really look at the stats, that was exaggerated. So for moms, it’s hard when you’re brought up in a society that’s telling you to look outside of yourself to be rescued rather than redirect back inside of yourself, ‘I can do this. My body is designed to do this. So what are the action steps I can take to enhance my body’s ability to do this?’” - Dr. Jeanne Ohm
No vaccines for Mama - I stay healthy by drinking fresh ginger tea with lemon and raw honey, homemade mineral broth, and spirulina
Eating well - Lot's of organic vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, beans, lentils, quinoa, and pasture-raised or wild-caught meat
Good movement - Daily Spinning Babies prenatal yoga routine to keep my body flexible and create space for my baby to get into the optimal position for birth
Practice hypnosis - Before bed I listen to my rainbow relaxation audio from HypnoBirthing®
Avoiding stress - Practice cleansing breath throughout the day and taking time to relax
Childbirth class - Taking a class outside of the hospital to learn how to be in charge of my birth and have good labor practice with my partner
Reading books - Check out my top book recommendations here