Natural Mama's Plan for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum

June 7, 2017

| Intuitive Birth

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.

 

My Philosophy

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

 

Pregnancy

  • 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

  • Watch this video: Attaching Your Baby at the Breast

  • Watch powerful birth videos - One example is Naoli Vinaver

  • Regular chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture to optimize my baby's position and reduce stress

  • Meal train - have a sign up sheet at my baby shower so people can drop off meals after the birth

  • Find a lactation consultant - Having their number on hand makes it so easy to call during postpartum when needing help with breastfeeding

 

Labor and Birth

  • Home birth with certified midwife - This is where I feel most safe, secure, and comfortable. My midwife will help us transfer to a hospital if necessary.

  • No artificial induction - If I'm getting close to 42 weeks, I will use natural methods of encouraging labor to start

  • Birth doula - hiring a labor coach to provide emotional and physical support for me and my partner 

  • No visitors - To create a calm environment, I only want my partner, my doula, and my midwife to be present

  • Rent a birth tub - I want to have the option to labor and birth in a relaxing pool of water

  • Immediate skin-to-skin - promotes the best outcomes for babies and moms

  • Physiological cord clamping - waiting until the umbilical cord stops pulsing before cutting it

 

Postpartum

  • Exclusive breastfeeding - breastmilk is best for at least the first 6 months, preferably longer

  • Staying in bed for the first 3 days - my partner, our baby, and I will stay mostly in bed naked for bonding and to promote breastfeeding and healing

  • Sleeping in the same room - cradle next to our bed for easy night time breastfeeding

  • No visitors for the first week - this is our family time to bond and rest

  • Slow cooked soups and stews - super nutritious for healing

  • No circumcision - our baby boy will stay intact because he was born that way

  • Elimination Communication - listening and watching for cues and helping our baby to pee and poop in a potty from birth

  • Vaccine-Friendly Plan - a delayed vaccine schedule

 

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