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The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #1
Happy Summer, northern hemisphere!
With this episode we kick off our 2016 “Birth Stories for the Summer” series!
For the next 10 weeks, I’m switching the spotlight from the birth pros to the mighty mamas, who share what real-life birth looks like. Today, Victoria Wilson tells us how bringing great labor support to a birth makes for a much better experience, than when you just bring your stubbornness. Check it out!
To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.
Suggestions from Victoria, that made her birth better:
Make the room yours (you can use battery operated candles… I’m adding some string lights to my doula bag after this! 🙂 )
Have a game plan with your partner of how you’d like them to support you (she had pre-written affirmations that he could show her, to support her without “saying the wrong thing”).
Advocate for yourself – this is no time to be a “people pleaser” (she asked for a new nurse, because the one she had wasn’t working for her).
Remember to balance activity with rest.
Work together with your care provider so that your experience is preserved as much as possible, even in the face of complications (Victoria’s had low blood platelets and they were concerned ahead of time about the possibility of hemorrhaging. Even so, her midwife kept things calm, while doing what she needed to do.)
Doulas are great support the partner as well!
Other Birthful episodes that relate to, or are mentioned throughout this story: