It could be as easy as listening to soothing messages before you fall asleep.
Even if you have the best intentions for an unmedicated birth, things change when you're in active labor. It's so common for moms to start begging for an epidural when things get tough. 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:
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.
Gentle mindfulness during labor facilities the body naturally opening itself. These 3 tracks are designed to teach you to be calm and present in the moment, even during 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 how to reconnect with your self and your body through the interplay between breath and movement.
You'll receive 3 audio tracks plus 2 BONUS training videos. 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!).
Contains 25 minutes of guided relaxation, perfect to listen to both before and during labor.
Also called "yogic sleep," this 30 minute track only asks you to lie down and listen, leaving you remarkably refreshed after the practice.
Use this shorter, 9 minute track to practice vocal toning, which can help with pain management during contractions!
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.
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!
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.
Between my last 2 labors, I tried a few other birthing hypnosis tracks. Some tracks were good 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.
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.