Now that I’m 36 weeks pregnant with my second child, it’s time to get really serious about how we’ll prepare and approach this whole natural childbirth thing for the second time. It feels like this pregnancy has just flown by because I’ve been so busy taking care of my 3 year old which has had it’s advantages and drawbacks (as I’m currently not feeling as ready as I was back then).
I feel like preparing for a drug-free delivery has nothing to do with pain tolerance and everything to do with my state of mind. If it was all pain tolerance, I would have failed miserably the first time because I am most certainly a wuss in that regard.
Last time, I had 8 (or so) weeks of Bradley Method classes to psyche me up. This time, I have a different strategy and I’m crossing my fingers that it will yield similar results.
I’ve been meditating with a hypnotic birth CD a few times per week. Meditation and relaxation served me well in dealing with and/or rising above the discomfort of labor.
I read and memorize my favorite quotes about labor and birth. Words have a powerful way of getting into your head and I want to make sure that the right words are in mine.
“The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.” ~ Unknown
I’m trying to watch more natural birth videos and less of the types of birth shows that seem to dominate daytime television. I distinctly remember thinking back to the empowering natural birth videos I’d seen while in the throes my first labor and it brought me so much strength in that moment so I need to refill my mind with them again. It’s hard not to watch shows like A Baby Story because I’m kind of a birth junkie but it’s best for my psyche to see birth happening in the way that I’d like it to when I deliver.
We’ve also hired a wonderful doula who has refreshed our (mine and my husband’s) knowledge of prenatal/childbirth education.
I’m feeling pretty optimistic about this whole thing and I’d love hear how other natural birthers gear up for subsequent deliveries. Is it really even necessary? Is it like riding a bike? PLEASE share your experience in the comments.