How to have a positive birth when being induced
You may have heard lots of horror stories about how awful the induction process in and are now totally petrified about it? Well, there are reasons why it can be more difficult to cope with, but you can learn some really amazing techniques to help you and make your baby's birth a positive experience for you all.
Here are my top tips for making your induction a positive experience:
- Ensure you have all the information you need to make your decision about whether or not to be induced - yes, it is your choice!
- Understand the importance of your birth environment and how you can make even the most medicalised setting a positive place to birth.
- Stay mobile. There is no reason why you can't move around and use different labour and birth positions. Ensure you ask your medical team to support you in this.
- Use your birth ball for comfort. You can do some gentle rotations to open up your pelvis, bounce on the ball to encourage baby to move down, lean into the ball to relieve pressure on your back.
- Consider the use of a birth pool. If this is something that you are interested in, have a full discussion with your medical team about how they can support you in this.
- Learn simple but effective hypnobirthing techniques such as visualisations, relaxation, deep breathing, self hypnosis pain management techniques.
- Your birth partner can learn easy ways to comfort you, using massage, pressure points and a variety of relaxation techniques.
- Cover up the monitor screen, turn the sound down or off.....constant beeping won't help anyone relax!
- Reduce your adrenaline levels.
- Increase your oxytocin levels.
- Take each contraction at a time, remember what is happening inside, what each contraction is doing for you and your baby and don't let the sensations overwhelm you.
- Remember to keep your strength up, eat and drink when you need to, and if your labour is prolonged, use deep relaxation to help you get some rest.
- Your birth partner should use positive language all the time, especially to counter any negative suggestions from the medical team. Nobody can guess how a mother will dilate, how the baby will respond, what the outcome will be, take it one moment at a time and emphasise the positive.
- Read positive induction birth stories in the run up to your induction.
- Know that you can change your mind at any part of the process.
If you'd like to discuss any of this then please do contact me to have a chat.