Knowing and understanding how the body functions can help women plan for their long awaited birth.
This blog has not been created for the doulas, OBGYNs, home birth midwives, or birth professionals of any kind. This blog is for the mothers, the sisters, and the daughters. We are about to get down with pregnancy and dirty with birth for a new, modern, integrated way to approach childbirth. I am not talking about the basic stuff, like what to pack in your bag for the big day, no. We will be discussing what your body needs in order for the process of birth to function normally. We will be discusing what normal looks like.
Women need to know more than what to pack in their birth bag and when to call their provider. I mean what if she can’t get to anyone, and they can’t get to her? What if, like me, you just don’t want to go anywhere, and you just don’t want anyone coming to you when you have your baby? Privacy is key with me, which is why I planned on having very private births (except with my first). I understand and feel comfortably with the physical process of birth, so why not?! Obviously not every woman is going to plan a birth like this, and not every woman should, however any woman could end up in a situation where she cannot get to anyone and no one can get to her. Awareness of what labor and birth does to your body is very important in these situations, but it is even more important and helpful when you are planning a birth with a care provider.
Your body needs certain things to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal. Understanding and incorporating the needs of this physical process into your birth plan is essential for the birth experience. Birth is special, significant, and transformative.
What does the body call for in birth? What can you do to allow the process to open up your cervix and evacuate the uterus without intervention and trama? The first step is understanding our body’s primal nature, everything else is up to you. No matter who your care provider happens to be, it is you the woman who is pregnant for nine months and who will labor and birth. It is the woman’s process and so she should be aware of it. The baby will be cumming (I say that no to be crude, but because birth is very sexual) out of her vagina and for her to be prepared for this, within herself, makes all the difference. She is the one who will carry and deliver her child, and that is why I speak to her.