Ways to handle Labor Discomfort

 

Managing Labor Pain

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Coping with Labor

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How to Reduce Labor Pains Naturally | Comfort Measures Part 2: Top 4 Labor Positions From a Midwife

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Why Is Labor Painful? The Purpose of Pain During Labor

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Managing Pain During Labor without Medication

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Coping with Labor Pain

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Coping with Labor Pain WITHOUT an EPIDURAL | Birth Doula

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Laboring in water is one of the best ways to help cope with labor pains and make your labor easier. You may take a shower, relax in the bath, or soak in your inflatable pool in your living room. Do whatever works for you!

But sitting in the warm water will help your body to “relax, soften and open”. While the pain does not completely go away, water definitely decreases sensations of pain and allows you to cope with labor pain better. If you can, hop in the shower or bath. In addition, using heat on your abdomen or lower back is helpful.

If you are at home, get an old sock, fill with rice, and microwave it. Walking, swaying, changing positions, and rolling on a birthing ball can not only ease the pain but can help your labor progress by using the force of gravity to your advantage and encouraging the. Aromatherapy is among the techniques that can increase the laboring woman’s sense of well-being. Natural essential oils, such as lavender, may be very soothing.

Listening to music is another way for a woman to cope and distract herself in labor. Music can be calming, making labor less stressful. It can be difficult to cope with chronic pain on the job, but not impossible. Here are some ways to get your employer to be more accommodating, as well as tips for managing pain.

Continued Labor and Delivery: Fear of an Epidural. While it may be comforting to know an epidural is available, it can also be a source of anxiety for many women. Whether you’re trying to labor without an epidural or not, I’ve got some tips on dealing with labor pain to help you have an easier labor. [Note that some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that I earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) if you click through and make a purchase.] Natural Methods to Reduce Labor Pain. If you’ve decided on giving birth naturally, it’s important that you come prepared with knowledge and tools for how to cope with labor pain.

Lucky for you, I. yourabdomen or lower back. Labor pain usually feels likethecramps youfeelduringyour period. As labor goes on and the cervixgets more stretched, the crampingpain usually gets worse.Most contractionslast 30 to 60 seconds, andyou will beabletorestinbetweeneachone. How can I decide before labor starts what will be the best way for me to cope with.

Being upright is known to speed up labour and gravity makes it easier for your baby to be born. Lying down on your back limits the blood flow and makes it harder for your baby to be born. It can also worsen your back pain.

So if you are in bed, pile pillows behind your back so that you are in a.

List of related literature:

During labor: Take natural vitamin E and calcium/magnesium to relieve pain and ald dilation.

“How to be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist: Herbal Traditions Expert Formulations” by Linda Page
from How to be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist: Herbal Traditions Expert Formulations
by Linda Page
BNI, 1998

A Findings Acupuncture and hypnosis may help relieve labor pain.

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

If you find that these methods aren’t helping you cope as labor progresses, you can always request pain medications at that time.

“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide” by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding
from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
Meadowbrook, 2016

Read up on the subject, take some childbirth classes, and talk to your doctor or midwife about pain relief options during labour.

“The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between” by Ann Douglas
from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between
by Ann Douglas
Wiley, 2009

Many techniques are available to ease labor pain and to help you cope with it.

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth” by Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
Atria Books, 2008

Talk with your partner or birth partner about what you might do if labour is fast.

“The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks” by Milli Hill
from The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks
by Milli Hill
Pinter & Martin Ltd, 2017

epidural analgesia for labour.

“Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control” by C. Glen Mayhall
from Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control
by C. Glen Mayhall
Wolters Kluwer Health, 2012

I reminded myself of both of those things during each of my labours: that this was ‘good pain’—productive pain—and that I would soon have my baby in my arms.”

“The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between” by Ann Douglas
from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between
by Ann Douglas
Wiley, 2011

Remember that the right option for you might not be one option but a combination of several (reflexology with an epidural chaser, or a variety of relaxation techniques topped off with a round of acupuncture).

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Epidural analgesia and backache:

“Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book” by Mark B Landon, Henry L Galan, Eric R. M. Jauniaux, Deborah A Driscoll, Vincenzo Berghella, William A Grobman, Sarah J Kilpatrick, Alison G Cahill
from Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book
by Mark B Landon, Henry L Galan, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

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  • When I have periods cramps I just can’t sit at a place. I like moving around crying and rolling myself and just mumble whatever or saying mummy mummy.. It’s so painful for me.. Mostly every month.. I also get vomiting in periods..

  • Had my baby a month ago without an epidural thanks to your videos (even though it was mostly back labor)! Wasn’t sure I could do it but you gave me the confidence and tools to make it possible. Thank you!

  • Wish I would have seen this before having my baby naturally by accident…I wanted to get an epidural but by the time I got the hospital it was to let to get one…I was not prepared at all but it was worth it…I just wish I would have known how to cope through the pain better

  • I live in the 21 century and I believe a woman should not experience any pain during labor and delivery, its prehistoric and barbaric

  • Hi Bridget! I had my hospital tour today and they said once your water breaks you can not get out of bed and move around during labor but use the peanut ball on the bed. I was planning on moving around as much as possible and will not be getting an epidural. Is there a reason why they do not want you up and about? Is there a way around this that I can state in my birth plan? Thanks!!

  • I had 8 hrs pain, and I enjoyed every bit,but it was little uncomfortable when contraction comes,i was like “ it’s coming,winter is here “ lol ��

  • Going into my first labor I wanted to stay as natural as possible, unfortunately my water broke early on and my contractions were not progressing, I was barely uncomfortable actually. I dont remember what it was called, but they gave me a pill to increase contractions and it must have been too much because my contractions never went back down to zero, I had no time to recover from my big peaks. I really hope the second time around this doesnt happen and I can experience my natural contractions instead

  • Had my baby naturally a week ago! I watched your video and a couple others two days before I was able to stick to my birth plan of no epidural. It was 14 1/2 hours but only 10 minutes of pushing, over the last 2 1/2 hours of labor pains I did squats during all of my contractions and laps around my house which totaled about 4600 steps and honestly laying down or sitting during those contractions was so much worse. This experience was wonderful. I was walking 10 minutes later and probably healing better because of it! Thank you for the videos ��

  • My first birth was TRAUMATIC. I have an 32k platelet count and I’m overdue. Won’t be getting an epidural again. I hope these tips help me but labor pain has been worse than breaking my arm

  • This video definitely put me more at ease as I’m about to go on maternity leave in a few days. I’m expecting my first bundle of joy December 26th and the closer I get to my due date the more nervous I was becoming about labor pains. So glad I watched this video and I may need to watch it a few more times as a nice reminder ��

  • I’m due with my first in September. Is it true once you get an epidural that you also have to get a catheter? �� also that you are pretty much in bed rest once you get it? I know nothing as you can tell �� I’d love to do a natural birth but I feel so unprepared. Especially since I’m only 21 and my mom adopted my sister and I. So I don’t really have anyone to confide in

  • I give birth 2 weeks ago, (my first child) I watched all of these types of videos, nothing they suggested took away my pain! I repeat nothing, breathing techniques, remaining relaxed etc. I had a natural birth and got there in the end but I ended up getting an epidural because I couldn’t cope with the agony I was in, I laboured for nearly 24 hours and had quite a harrowing birth. On the other hand I have friends who’ve barely felt their labour pains and have had a natural birth, with little to no pain but haven’t practiced any of these techniques. Once my little boy arrived I forgot the pain but gosh kudos to anyone who can get through birth with no pain relief.

  • Since i have to wear a mask during labour can i place essential oils inside the mask? And breathing using a mask will be challenging any suggestions?

  • Bridget I love all your videos so much, thank you, i’m sharing them with my birth partner, my mom. This is my 2nd, had a failed epidural the first time and then an emergency c-sec (she refusedto descend) Hoping for a peaceful VBAC this time, watching all your videos finding it really helpful. 6 weeks to go for me. Mid June, keep me in your thoughts ♡

  • I had an amazing successful VBAC home birth a month ago. I literally watched your videos till that very day. Your videos were so helpful. Kept all your tips on the back of my mind. Thank you for all the great tips. ��

  • I really want to do a natural birth but everyone I talk to says I will change my mind or that I’m crazy… I really want to do this!

  • OMG! I don’t know how any of you deal with ANY pain of any type/ kind! LOL I had my babies, vaginally, back in the 1970’s…those of us who didn’t require C-sections sucked-it-up and had our babies “the old fashioned” way! No epidurals, no Doulas, no midwives, no husbands or moms in the DR (Delivery room)!! Suck it up,Buttercups!!:-)

  • I am surprised at how simple these solutions are. And you can save yourself of so much trouble of getting an epidural. I wish this knowledge can be given to all expecting mothers. Here in India most of the doctors prescribe c-section for their convenience and mothers do not know any better. I am due in August.. Wish me luck!

  • 1. Breathing with Smell (Essential oils)
    2. Focal Points & Visualization (Any point to focus, may be partner)
    3. Music and Mantra (Push Playlist, positive slogan and statements)
    4. Relaxing touch & Hot cold therapy (Gentle touch or relaxing touch, hot or cold bags)
    5. Water (Nice warm Shower)

  • Just had my baby 2 weeks ago ang I was totally expecting to have an epidural at 6cm but guess what my amazing OB encouraged me that I can do it w/o having to rely on the epidural. So what I did was that I focused more on how I can manage my breathing so I can push when they count to 10. The next thing I know is that my baby was out & it took me 4 pushes to get her out ��. Just focus mommies and just tell yourself that whatever severe pain you feel it will only be 1 day and it will bring you closer to seeing your baby

  • 30 weeks ftm. Planning on using an epidural myself, but things don’t always go according to plan so studying up for contingency plans. Wish me luck!

    Update: it worked beautifully until the pushing stage. Every labor is different, so it’s best to brace yourself anyway.

  • The absolute best channel a pregnant woman can find ��
    I’m disappointed women in the comments are being rude. I wish I have found you with my first pregnancy I’d avoid unnecessary interventions.

  • I had my baby dec 16 and it was 3 hours and 45 min from start to finish… way more painful than 2 previous babies. All your videos I watched about coping methods went out the window ������

  • Can you do a video on coping with labour pains, without an epidural and on the oxytocin drip? Cos that’s me tomorrow. Spina bifida occulta doesn’t allow the epidural to be an option for me �� I have already done this with my first, but experiencing a lot of anxiety despite my good breathing last time and keeping calm, I just still am a nervous wreck for this time. I’m also thinking that maybe I’m not the only one who needs such a video?

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  • Do consider this. pass it on to mother’s and husbands to be if you agree.

    ( I’m no doctor, though I’d always recommend natural birth instead of epidurals! )

    > The anesthetic used is very very strong! It’s freaking morphine. (Used to make cocaine.) Soldiers with their limbs blown off in war use morphine. Anything that’s that powerful…. is very TOXIC to the human body. Your body will struggle to remove it. That further strains your kidneys and liver. (All toxin is cleansed through these organs.)The drug is also injected directly into your spine! The spine is connected directly to your brain. No telling what it does!

    > There is also credible scientific evidence that the morphine… dulls the baby’s senses. It could reduce the baby’s heart rate/ heartbeat and ability to pass waste. Meaning it affects the baby’s health. A baby’s kidneys and liver aren’t well developed…. expelling such toxin is hard. That means… it stays in your baby for a very long time and might affect his health.There is also a possibility that it affects a baby’s memory. That’s a terrible thing.

    > Btw….. each epidural cost is $1139. A doctor recommends it you say. Heh…..What’s your doctor like? Remember that every epidural is money earned and less hardship for the doctor. But the effects on your baby…..could last Remember a baby’s waste removal (endocrine) and mental faculties aren’t developed. The toxin stays in the little fella for some time.

    Ladies n fathers to be….. I say go natural where you can. Get emotional support… mother, family friends, people you trust especially your husband. Be around to help you through the pain. The human is strong and can withstand anything with loved ones around.

    Ultimately though….. let the mom decide. If she can’t stand the pain n passes out… might have to do a C section. but so what…. at least the baby’s not exposed to any poison. N isn’t that what all mothers want?

  • I really hate it when people tell me natural birth is a bad idea. Get the tap. You’ll change your mind. How about let me decide. Support me the best you can and we will see how i deal with it.

  • My first two pregnancies I had an epidural during labor. It wasn’t terrible, but because I was induced I was determined to make sure my body knew what to do on its own with my 3rd.
    Fast forward to my 3rd, I was in early labor for 3 weeks before my water broke and I was finally in labor! The biggest thing getting me through the pain was knowing I was 1 contraction closer to my baby, I breathed through it all and from water breaking to baby coming out was less than 3 hours! You can do it mama!

  • I’m so glad you showed up on my feed! I am due in March with my first and have been trying to wrap my mind around being in labor. I feel so much more prepared for natural birth and am currently binge watching your videos ��

  • Thanks a lot. i know it will benefit me. My office is quiet a distance from my office. is it safe for me to ride motorcycle in my 36 weeks of pregnancy?

  • This is so true I am a mother of 5. I have to say that when you have no fear the labor is soooooooooo much more easy. My first experience was a fearful one because I wasn’t prepared. As I continue to educate myself I feel even more empowered and in control as much as I can be. I’m not pregnant but I watch these things throughout the years to prepare myself just Incase. I love natural birth. I know The Creator made us more than capable to take on this blessed task of birthing our little ones naturally. No pain No gain����������

  • When she said that the brain could process only pain or pleasure, I was like: “Fine then! Masturbation for all labour. Gotcha!”

    I’m just kidding. My husband, mother and nurse used pressure points to help alleviate the pain during my first delivery. I was also very much in my own world and focused. I can say I was barely aware of my surroundings, didn’t realize if people came and went, etc. I’m trying to see what other options there are now that I could give birth to my second any day.

  • I was induced and managed to deliver using only hypnobirthing as pain relief. The main thing to remember is that contractions are not stronger than you because they are you. Visualisation really helped me. Breath in for 20 counts right down into your abdomen so that it rises up (this helps separate the uterus from abdominal muscles and reduces the pain) and imagine something that goes up. I visualised red balloons floating up into the sky because me and my sister would dance to the song 99 Red Balloons as kids and that memory made me happy. Then breathing out for 20, keep your throat open and loose (a relaxed throat helps to relax the cervix) and visualise your baby moving down. I won’t lie and say that the transition contractions weren’t hard, they were really tough. But that just means you are really close to delivering. Giving birth is the most empowering thing I have ever done. I felt so charged up I could’ve taken on the world and won. I am woman, hear me roar!

  • my partner just gave birth last night naturally with no epidural, our first baby and she did such a good job!! the contractions however had her in so much pain leading up to the pushing, i was so nervous ive never seen her in so much pain but we finally met our baby ��❤️❤️

  • I have a question. I got stuck at 3 cm, but my contractions were 30 seconds apart for at least 30 seconds. I never got a break in between because they never fully dissipated. I’m at the beginning of my 3rd trimester with baby #2. How do I keep from becoming exhausted after a few hours? How do I deal with that intensity for so long? I tried using breathing and labored at home until contractions were 1:30 apart too.

  • Every pregnant woman should get an epidural when it’s about time for her to go into labor. She shouldn’t have to suffer pain that severe for a process like that!

  • This is all so true. Thanks to your videos and all the other research I’ve done to prepare myself, I had such an amazing birth. It came by surprise, but I remembered to remain calm and welcomed the pains. I gave birth to my son unmedicated on Nov 17th, 2019 with no complications because I believed in my body, I had confidence, and because it went so fast, I had no time to be afraid.

  • It’s because of sadistic midwives like you that mothers end up with PSTD and feel suicidal after birth. Pain in not good the pain of labour is horrendous it’s worse than being burnt to death yet you force women to unnecessarily deny them pain relief

  • Why have pain when Jesus Christ died and destroyed the sin of Eve cursing out the pain of child birth? I pray all women have wonderful pregnancies without complications and a fast painless, no ring of fire, no hemorrhaging, bleeding, or postpartum depression. In Jesus’s name. AMEN.

    Watch Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize

  • And she is lying to you when your actually in labour you will be suffering, you will feel like you want to or are going to die, it starts off extremely painful then evolves into hell like torture that destroys you mind and soul. It is horrendous and highly traumatic, I found it worse than being beaten and gang-raped. Giving birth can be the worst experience of your life ladies and the agony is out of this world horrendous it doesn’t go away and everybody treats you like crap in labour

  • Your body is made to give birthyeah that to the women who end up with permanent life long injury, babies that die or are born disabled. Birth is dangerous and traumatic

  • Yes! Light touches was extremely agitating for me! I can’t explain the anger and frustration that felt during my active labor. How can I avoid breaking my tailbone again? I’m afraid of another epidural because my last pregnancy I progressed so quickly and I felt the excruciating pain of my tailbone popping ��

  • I’m sorry did she actually just say you can rest and relax between contractions? Clearly she hasn’t seen a back to back birth �� anyone who thinks natural birth is OK is completely insane and if I could give anyone advice if say go for a c section, no pain, no stress, no worries (I’m not talking about emergency c sections or high risk situations) people always told me birth wasn’t that bad because people do it more than once. I can tell you it was torture, so I only did it once. go for a c section, we don’t live in the dark ages anymore, torture is unnecessary.

  • Hi Bridget! Thank you very much for all the videos you provide. I expect twins in Norway. My due date is 25th of August. As I were very scared of pain with my first birth, my main concern with this second one was that it will be earlier than I get things ready. Now it changed in to this that there be so many experts around me with good reasons to give me epidural that I will not have much control over my experience. I would like to check if I can do it without epidural, does it feels different because I have different kind set and if I will feel different afterwards because I felt more plus save myself from tearing. It’s getting heavy to be pregnant and maybe I be induced in week 38 of pregnancy on 10th of August. Yesterday I heard another good reason for epidural then possible emergency C-section. One of the twins is 8% smaller (boy) than average now while other is 12% bigger (girl). If he comes first then it will harder to get her out and maybe hospital staff will need to adjust the position of second twin. Both are with their heads down. Could you make a video about twin birth and concerns that I have, please? Best regards, Anna ��

  • Im in a country that i dont speak the language and my dr only talks to my husband i feel very afread of hospital since i spent 4 yrs in and out im almost at the end of my pregnancy and im terrified about the hospital do you have any advice?? Your videos are amazing and really helpful thank you

  • All you can really do until your epidural is breathe. Long breath in and long one out. Suddenly you’ve breathed 3 long breaths and the contraction is over. But if you’re dialating slowly like i did, its gonna hurt like helll

  • So happy with your video’s! I am due in a little over a month and your videos are helping me a lot in preparing for the birth! Thank you!

  • Just had my little girl four days ago. Early labor lasted over 26 hours and it was honestly so painful. I am so happy I had an unmedicated and natural birth but I had a really long and hard labor. I would rather push baby out again then have to deal with the contractions just because mine were so close together and so long for 6 hours. I would say I was suffering but I am so glad I got to experience it.

  • I love all your videos! You have helped me so much and have taken the fear of giving birth by each video I watch, I am physically and mentally preparing for my babys birth. 7 more weeks to go! I feel great and excited!!��

  • Hi!!! Bridget,I have been following your YT channel for a while.I learned so much during my studies on my quest to have a unmedicated birth.I had my son Friday at 11:49 am.I was induced with a low pit and my doctor did break my waters,because I had a few medical things against me,my surges started fast and I held it together untill 8 Centimeters. I was able to H.B and breathe.The end was not as graceful when they became back to back and it was soon time to push him out.I was still scared but I did it with no pain meds.Educating myself was the most important thing I did and I have channels like yours to thank.Thank You Bridget ❤

  • I love this video!!! Yes! Pain with a purpose!!! I always tell my Mama Bears to expect the kind of discomfort you’d expect from training for a Marathon, not the kind of pain you expect from fear and torture!

  • Not afraid of pain. I went through weeks of pancreatitis with only applied heat for relief, miscarriages with only meditation and breathing, migraines with only a nap etc. Thankfully now I can easily avoid damaging interventions:)))
    Your mind is stronger than you realise!

  • This shouldn’t influence your medical decisions but it does for me. That is the price of C-sections, induced labor and epidurals in hospitals (here in the US). The more interventions you have, your bill goes up by thousands. Not hundreds but thousands of dollars. Even with insurance and plans of going natural, I anticipate that my bill will be a significant financial burden. Now if it comes to to your life or the life of your baby than certainly, no money can replace that. But I take the view that pain for a day, managed and understood, natural even, is worth it compared to years of paying for unnecessary or elective medical procedures that don’t always make your birth experience better. Not to mention the benefits of a natural birth. Now I know that this doesn’t work for everyone. Sometimes you have that plan and it doesn’t happen, I’m not shaming. Yet, if I can have a healthy unmedicated birth, despite the discomfort, I think it is the only logical and sound thing to do.

  • Having had 2 births, this is very true!!

    It’s very simple trick, but it takes practice!
    Even simple things as breathing becomes difficult when you are in labor…
    Be ready and PRACTICE!!!

  • I get really nervous because when I was in the hospital in labor with my son, everyone looked at me weird while coping by moanin & swaying…. ALSO, I couldn’t focus on the paper work and they were getting upset with me because I had to stop to work through the contractions..

    ALSO my other issue was, I felt forced to have to stay in bed… I NEVER feel like I have that choice to get out of the bed to walk, cope, or do whatever I need to to make it through..

    I was stuck in bed the entire time with my son (2nd) & ended up getting the epidural 45 minutes before my baby came out…
    My daughter, (1st) I got the epidural and my daughter was born 1 hr 30 mins later..

    SO I know I can do it, I just never am treated like I HAVE THAT CHOICE… and I expect to be treat like a human having a natural birth. NOT like I’m stupid for moaning, swaying, as if I’m being “dramatic”.

    I’m currently 11 weeks pregnant with my 3rd baby. & I truly want to try for that natural birth, especially with everything going on with this Pandemic.. I’ll be due Feb 2nd.. however I know I always have my babies a little early.

    I’m just lost and don’t know what to do! Everyone tells me I CAN’T do it & that I’m crazy… And my boyfriend isn’t supportive during labor at all. He looks at me like “your having a baby, that’s all you do.. no big deal”… he just watches the baby come out & that’s it, no emotion, nothing.
    He doesn’t talk me through anything, he doesn’t hold my hand, he doesn’t tell me positive words, he doesn’t rub my back.. He gets mad at me when I’m in pain & looks at me like a stupid..

    I just don’t know what to do.
    He would have to be my only support person with the pandemic. & he would be really really abusive towards me if I asked him if someone else could be my support person instead (which I understand since he’s the father and want a to see it).

    Sorry for the long comment.
    I would love ANY tips to get through the WORST OF THE WORST pain.. I can handle the first while, it those harder, longer, often contractions that occur I have a hard time coping through… like I said, I was stuck in bed with my other 2 (not by choice but felt they wouldn’t let me get up) and I had no support/anyone to assist with rubbing, massaging, etc.

  • I did all of these except the music, i wanted total silence. I stared at the wall and old tv for 10 hours while focusing on my breathing and counting down from 10 when i had pain to control it. Worked great, i was in total denial about getting an epidural and i did this and it went great, baby came out fast and easy, pain wasn’t that bad, I’m pregnant with my 2nd and I’m still more scared of the epidural��

  • Yesterday was my due date and I honestly feel so excited for the birth experience (and to meet my baby girl!). I have no fear, only confidence in myself. I know this is what my body was made for. Thank you so much for the videos you make, I have really enjoyed them through my pregnancy ��

  • My baby is due in march 17 after 12 years and after 4 kids god is planning was set and I was definitely not expecting it although I know I’m new at all of this I’m glad I found your channel cuz ima need your wisdom to re do this �� but honestly I’m ready����‍♀��

  • Ive had someone say that thin women cannot bear a child naturally, that a c section would be required. Thats sounds crazy to me but is it true???

  • I’m a first time mama and got my cervix checked for the very first time last week and it was SO painful and uncomfortable I was almost in tears… Is that normal? Could it be because I have had intercourse since I got pregnant?

  • Just had my baby 6 days ago had an amazing birth experience……your videos helped a lot throughout labor and delivery.Thank you so much so such amazing information.����

  • 33 weeks today. Baby #2. I can’t wait for him to be out but at the same time I am scared. It’s hard being pregnant during a pandemic. No baby shower. No gender reveal party (having a boy). Went to all dr appts alone. No friends or family around because of covid, it’s been quite depressing. Same with all the online shopping.:( hope my Husband can come when I deliver. Can’t wait to meet our little man.

  • Not encouraged I know you are lying I’ve experienced birth and it was horrendous I was screaming in pure agony for days then my baby died and that was because I was so distressed from the pure none stop agony and torture I was in. Do not believe these midwives they are pure evil they enjoy your suffering even laugh at it.

  • Purpose not pain. So helpful. Being induced currently and I started going through these videos a couple days ago. I’m 12 hours in have already used some of the breathing techniques and remembering these contractions are purposeful is so helpful!
    and remembering I am getting breaks helps too.

    Haven’t started pitocin yet though so we’ll see how close together they get! ����

  • I had 1 delivery without any meds and 1 with epideral. I recommend the epideral. You still experience the birthing process without the trauma. I find it allows your body to do what it needs to do without you fighting it. She talks about the pain only being for short periods of time then u can rest. Well this is some of the worst pain anyone could endure and when it hits you every couple of minutes for hrs, positive thinking and breathing does not cut it. I am sorry, but telling first time moms that there is nothing to fear and you just need to think positive is wrong. They will get into labor and realize how bad it is then feel guilty because they couldn’t tough it out or feel anger that nobody told them the truth.

  • I’m a 40week 3days first time momma, during a pandemic lol. I haven’t been able to take any classes at all. Your videos have helped immensely! Thank you so much for your videos!

  • Can you make a video about tips for vbac attempting momas? I want to attempt a VBA2C in my next pregnancy because I know my body is made to do this! I hope you see this comment!!!

  • I’m currently pregnant and I have a 4 year old. You really can have a painless or moderately painless labor. I personally never needed one with my son but got talked into getting one to help me ‘dilate faster’. EVERY WOMAN AND LABOR IS DIFFERENT. These tips will help for sure BUT how you care for yourself during pregnancy makes a difference as well. The more active you are the better (walks, yoga, light exercise). Maintaining stress is important (meditation or whatever calms you down). Eating healthy, nutritious foods. You also have to visualize the labor and delivery you want. Yes life happens, stressors will happen whether you’re pregnant or not, but dealing with them, maintaining a positive (calm in the storm) peace of mind, being active, etc helps TREMENDOUSLY.

  • Hi there! Thank you for this video. Im on my 35th week of pregnancy on my 2nd child. My first one was difficult and I suffered a lot. And now im honestly scared to go on labor again soon. But I will try to follow the tips that you are giving and hopefully I can manage it again, quicker and easier. Cross fingers.

  • Thank you so much for doing this video. I’m 31 weeks today with my first baby(I’m 33 yo)and I’m planning to do a natural(possibly water) birth at our local FSBC. I’ve been watching videos and reading up on as much good information as I can find. I really want to be educated, prepared, and empowered going into this, and I’m feeling more confident every day. So again, thank you! ��

  • What would you recommend eating/snacking on during early labor at home? I still have 9 weeks left but I know you aren’t allowed to eat when you’re admitted.

  • Well, I just gave birth June 1st. I went in there thinking I could do it. Went 6 hours without the epidural. I regret it. The pain is extraordinary. I threw up. I was already dialated at 4am, but the doctor wasn’t going to arrive until 8am. Breathing, all of that, not of that worked. The epidural saved my life. I got to sleep, before it was time to push. Praise God for that thing. But if you’re able to tolerate the pain, good for you momma.

  • Berta B
    Isn’t it a shame that sometimes we focus more on the things that don’t even matter instead of appreciating someone’s good work or attempt?

  • Thank you so much for this video, I’m expecting my first baby in January 2020 and have no idea what to expect during labor but your video has given me some confidence in myself…������������

  • Love love and love your channel. Especially how you were speaking of pain as discomfort! Your voice is so calming to me and you come straight to the point, telling us exactly what we need to hear! Plus the short duration videos keep our attention span on! Do make a video on prenatal exercises and spinning babies as well! <3

  • I am a midwifery student from Poland. I thought I was watching a very popular movie about midwives and childbirth, and then I looked at your statistics. I’m shocked. Your content is so professional and you only have 3360 subscriptions. I would like many women to watch your movie because it is brilliant. Thank you for your work and for seeing such good material.

  • Thank you so much for this video! I am due tomorrow and have a low pain tolerance so I am kind of freaking out but this eased my mind a lot.

  • This was the best explanation ever. I had due date 7 February and I feel much more ready now. It makes sense! I am ready to trick my brain ��.

  • Thank you so much for your videos. I watched the breathing video before my 2nd labor and it helped a lot. I focused only on breathing and visualisation. The result: we met our 2nd daughter after only 10min of pushing. Now she is 2 months old:) I only wish I saw your video two years ago, before my 1st birth (which was full of fear). My 2nd labor was like a dream. Thank you so much ��

  • my due date is in a couple days on the 28th AND I’m so excited to get the show on the road. hopefully everything goes smoothly. thanks for your videos �� I’ve been binging your content for the past month!

  • I’m due in 7 weeks and this whole time I’ve thought exactly this way. I’m already a super anxious person and I know that if I go into labor being scared or anxious it will only make things harder for me so I’m telling myself that I can do it and to not be afraid because I know that it will be painful and uncomfortable but it’s for a reason and I won’t be in pain for nothing. Thank you for giving me more encouragement!

  • Hey Bridget, something I’ve been thinking about a lot is how handle if something goes wrong? Like what if my BP goes sky high? What if baby is breech? What if I suddenly need a C section? How can I mentally prepare for an emergency?

  • Yeah toilet position really works great. But most of nurse/doctors try lie down position ��
    Toilet position
    Hands n knees position

  • I never realized it before I started seeing midwives discuss using toilet sitting to progress labor. When I was in that final stretch of labor with my first, I wanted to try emptying my bladder before I changed positions to cope with my contractions. I sat there for a few short minutes, and when I stood up my water broke (very dramatically lol). I immediately started feeling the urge to push. My son was born within 15 minutes of that moment. I’m sure that it actually helped bring my son into the birth canal.

  • I am very happy to see your program.I am learning a lot I have 2 children i gave birth at home and my midwife telling me anything they just come home to help me that day.But know i am very grateful for your time and wonderful advice to the women. And thank you so much.

  • I’m near my mid thirties. I think one of the reasons why my biological clock is not ticking is because I’m scared to death of giving birth and I’m okay being childless because of that. I’ve never heard or asked anyone the details about giving birth. So, I have a curios question. What is it that is so painful about giving birth? I heard your vagina rips during the process but you say that it’s because your muscle is working hard that’s why it hurts. So, which is it? I’ll be more open to having kids if it’s the latter, but I’ll stay as I am if my flesh is being ripped apart.

  • Your videos are so helpful I will be using a lot of tips for my birthing in May. This is my second child 9 years apart and I was not prepared at all for my first so this is extremely helpful for my second:)

  • Me when someone asks about giving birth in the future:I lived the experience, but it was painful during the time. But that pain was necessary and pain is natural. After all, it would be bad if we didn’t feel pain. We need pain to know what can kill us and what can’t.

  • I made sure to do the toilet sitting position and I truly believe this is what helped me progress so fast! It was the most comfortable and distracted me.

  • Love your channel!!! So happy to have found you! You have such a calming voice and your tips are so great! Thank you so much for sharing! Have an amazing and happy January!

  • Hi! Can you tell me if drinking nettle infusion is safe during the second trimester and your thoughts on this herb. The infusion would be 1oz nettle in about 32 oz of water.