Hold it like you're bouncing on a trampoline in your third trimester.
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Are you worried (okay, terrified) you might not really have what it takes to go through with your natural birth?
Then keep scrolling, because the thing that stands between a needle in your spine and your perfect unmedicated birth story is as easy as listening to soothing messages as you fall asleep...
So you have a birth plan template now, but what happens when the pain hits and your rational brain flies out the window?
Because let's be real: Even though 85% of pregnant women qualify for an unmedicated birth, less than 30% of all births in the US are unmedicated.
A birth plan plus $3.50 won't even get buy a cup of (decaf) coffee when you're screaming through each contraction and the nurses are begging you to get that unwanted epidural.
It's so common for moms to lose their determination when the contractions get tough and those EEE, EEE, Hooooo breaths stop helping. And who can blame you?
The medical community has told us that it's easier just to get the drugs so you don't have to deal with pain. They don't mention the risk of:
- Major nausea, migraines, or dizziness as you come off the epidural, leaving you too sick to love on your new baby (this totally happened to me in my first birth, btw)
- Long-term nerve damage (causing a permanent painful or numb spot where the needle went in)
- A higher risk of needing forceps, vacuum, or even a Caesarian to assist birth
- Sleepier babies who are less likely to establish a good breastfeeding latch
- Almost double the chance of tearing during labor (OUCH!)
And they definitely don't tell you about the endorphin and oxytocin rush of natural labor (helping you feel stronger and more bonded to your baby after birth).
That's why you need all the help you can get to stick with your natural birth plan.
Meditations for Pregnancy and Birth
Would you believe that one of the most powerful ways to prepare for your baby's birth is to listening to soothing messages as you fall asleep?
By using meditation to reduce the fear often surrounding birth, you can have a more satisfactory, gentle birthing experience that allows you to connect and partner with your baby.
Meredith, first time mom:
"I was so excited and ready for these meditations. We had taken hypnobirthing and were looking for something to support it. These were great, especially the Yoga Nidra (huge fan). I'd totally recommend these!"
Listen to a sample of Meditation for Labor and Birth below.
Relaxing and releasing control during labor allows your body to open and allow the birth process to happen. These 3 tracks teach you to be calm and present in the moment, even during the stress of labor and birth. Unlike many 2-3 minute birth meditations out there, they're long enough to actually be useful over hours of labor.
These meditations are guided by my dear friend Sharon Green, an E-RYT500 Professional Kripalu Yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist with prenatal expertise. Her passion is to share with others (especially pregnant moms) how to use the breath to connect your mind and body.
These are the actual meditations I used during my child's birth, and they taught me to relax and let go when I needed to the most.
I LOVE these meditations and want to share them with every pregnant mom out there.
You'll receive 3 audio tracks, 2 BONUS training videos, plus BONUS tips and links to resources for your next steps after baby arrives.
You can download each audio track to iTunes or another program to play them nightly as you go to sleep (an excellent way to practice relaxation before the Big Day!).
Meditation for labor and birth
Contains 25 minutes of guided relaxation, perfect to listen to both before and during labor.
Yoga Nidra for pregnancy and labor
Also called "yogic sleep," this 30 minute track only asks you to lie down and listen, leaving you remarkably refreshed after the practice.
Vocal toning meditation
Use this shorter, 9 minute track to practice vocal toning, which can help with pain management during contractions!
BONUS - Vocal toning training videos
Get the most out of vocal toning by learning the hows and whys. Also shows how to practice with a birthing partner to allow baby to learn your partner's voice early.
Frequently asked questions
Seriously, I just listen to these and birth will be easier? That can't be right!
I get it! I was skeptical of using meditations for my first few births. But after one medicated labor with an episiotomy (NOT fun) and a second panicked labor that was so fast that I didn't even have time for an epidural, I finally realized I needed another plan. And looking back, I wish I had used meditation for all four labors!
How are these meditations different from free things I can find on YouTube?
Well, there's a few things. 1. These meditations are written and recorded by a licensed yoga teacher with years of prenatal experience. Her training and years of helping pregnant mothers has taught her the best messages to give you during labor. 2. Your birth partner won't need to be freaking out because you're in transition, but he's waiting for an ad to finish playing before your meditation is ready. 3. These meditations are much longer (20-30 minutes), which allows you to really "get in the zone" in a deeply relaxed state while you're in labor. Some women (including me!) even experience a semiconscious state where they're aware of a contraction happening, but they aren't in pain from it. But you simply can't get that experience from a 4 minute centering exercise.
Do these meditations work for home births?
Whether you choose a hospital birth or a home birth, these meditations will help you stay centered and calmed. You can use them anywhere.
What about other meditations/hypnosis tracks?
Between my last 2 labors, I tried a few other birthing hypnosis tracks. Some tracks had good content, but the voice on the recording was really grating (other moms-to-be have reported this same issue). Other birthing tracks only come with a program that is hundreds of dollars. These meditations, with a silky-smooth, calming voice, are available at a fraction of the price of other products.
The sooner you get your meditations, the earlier you can practice for labor.
While these meditations can be useful at any point of pregnancy (even if your due date is next week), I suggest getting them by 20 weeks of pregnancy to have plenty of time to practice relaxation. That way, you'll be able to quickly and comfortably slip into a deep relaxation using these sound tracks when the time for labor and birth arrives.