Ina May Gaskin said, “Wherever and whenever you intend to give birth, those experiences will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.”
Giving birth in an environment that makes us feel calm and safe, helps us enter an altered state; allowing self - transformation on many levels. It brings connects us to our baby in a place of surrender and love. Hard to imagine isn’t it when scenes from the Television Series, “One born every minute” are probably flashing through your mind?
The type of environment we choose is more important than we think. Imagine for a moment if you will that crucial stage in your relationship where you and your partner made love for the first time. Were the lights dimmed or off? Perhaps you enjoyed a romantic dinner and a little wine beforehand? Were you gentle and careful with each other, considering the other’s feeling? Perhaps you were passionate, nervous or very excited? Or did you do it on a hospital bed with people walking in and out of the room asking questions, the lights on and people watching you?
During childbirth there are four major hormonal systems (that are common to all mammals) that come into play. These are:
Many hospitals now only do virtual tours, which can be an added stress if you don’t know what to expect when you are walking through the door. To help you feel safer and more aware you may want to consider preparing a list of key questions which can prepare you for the protocols of the hospital. For example:
Here are some other ideas for you to consider making the room more homely
Whatever you chose to do remember to be adaptable and flexible in your planning and try to think through all eventualities. If you would like to download this full article please look here.
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