A big decision you'll need to consider during your pregnancy is if you'll use pain medication (such as an epidural) during labor and delivery. From systemic pain medication, to spinal blocks, to walking epidurals, there are a variety of medicated birth options to consider.
The C-section rate in the US has increased more than 40 percent in the past 10 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. You may need a C-section if you and/or your baby experience distress during labor and delivery.
Going through labor and delivery in a birthing tub can provide a soothing environment for both you and your soon-to-be-born baby. And more and more hospitals throughout the US offer this as a birthing option.
Many women swear that "no pain, no gain" doesn't have to apply to childbirth and profess that hypno-birthing is the key to a pain- and stress-free birth experience. If you'd prefer to birth your child while dreaming of a far away beach or your favorite cafe in Paris, hypno-birthing may be for you.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to birth lying down in a hospital bed, your feet braced by stirrups. There are several different positions that most hospitals will allow (your health being the deciding factor). Curious? To learn more, click here for new birthing positions you might want to try.
We all love a good foot rub, right? Turns out reflexology, the activation of certain pressure points on your body, can help you manage pain, stay energized and focused, and relax your body and mind during labor and delivery.
Acupuncture and acupressure are traditional Chinese medicine techniques that tap into the energy traveling along "meridians," or pathways, throughout our bodies. The use of acupuncture and acupressure during labor can help ease pain and discomfort.
For centuries, women have been using herbs to help soothe the discomforts of pregnancy and childbirth. Herbal remedies can help tonify your uterus, prepare your body for childbirth, and even quell or invoke contractions (be sure to check with your doctor before taking any herbs or medicines during pregnancy).
Having a candle in your delivery room can do more than create a comforting ambiance. Pack a scented candle in your hospital bag and reap the benefits of aromatherapy during the birthing process. Your favorite scents will help you relax and focus.