The following is an interview between Chris Just, Executive Director of Prenatal Education, and Isis Maternity client and new mom, C.G.:
What inspired you to†you choose natural childbirth?
My mom and one of my sisters had natural births.† I think they inspired me to consider the idea of laboring without medication. Then I read The Pregnancy Book by Sears and decided I wanted the full experience of giving birth.† I was never opposed to epidurals but I thought I would give it my best shot to go natural.
What parts of the Natural Childbirth class were most helpful to you?
The instructor gave us some great imagery to help us stay calm.† She told us to imagine we could remove the uterus as it contracted and put it on a shelf so the rest of the body would stay completely relaxed while the uterus did all the work.† Then, when fully dilated, we could put the uterus back in and get on with actively pushing the baby out.† Our instructor also reminded us that in between contractions there is no pain.† I used the imagery and the rest period between contractions to stay calm and relaxed which helped me conserve my energy.
I am so grateful for my instructor Nancy (Gair) and her Natural Childbirth class at Isis.† With†her help I felt confident to request the birth I’d imagined and with the help of my husband and†my nurse,†Suzy,†it happened!† I was so happy to have a natural childbirth†- not even a heplock or a Tylenol † I felt/feel empowered.† I know what my body is capable of and it was an experience I shall treasure forever.† I am so, so happy and enjoying this precious time with my son, Paul.