Is there anything I can do to make sure I have vaginal birth rather than C-section? I am 7 months pregnant."
Our midwife says:
"There is a lot that you can do to encourage a normal birth!
1. Be informed
Read, get independent childbirth education classes and ask lots of questions. With extra information, you’ll be able to make the right decisions for you based on your preferences for birth.
2. Have support in labour
Studies have found that support people are instrumental in helping you achieve a natural birth.
3. Think positive
Think of the progress you have made, not the road ahead of you. Remember that each contraction bring you closer to meeting your baby. Keep the image of your baby foremost in your mind.
4. Stay upright and mobile
Try different positions: kneeling, squatting, standing, all-fours, birth ball, birth still, sitting on the toilet etc. Gravity helps! It makes your contractions more efficient, is reduces your pain and it helps your baby be born sooner. Be guided by your body: it will tell you what it needs.
5. Relax with the sensations
Let go of your thoughts and fears and let your primitive brain take over. Your body knows how to birth your baby. Concentrate on slow, even breathing and go with the rhythm of your contractions.
6. Make some noise
Noise can help you to release some of the energy that is associated with contractions. Try to match the contractions with your voice.
If you can visualise what is happening in your body as you labour and birth your baby, it will help you to cope better. Visualise your cervix softening and opening effortlessly, your baby moving down and your pelvis opening.
8. Use the bath; try some firm massage
Most women find the bath (or shower) to be a great pain-relieving measure. A firm massage low down on your back can work wonders for back pain."
This answer was written for Birth by midwife Melissa Maimann from Essential Birth Consulting.
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Last revised: Friday, 11 May 2012
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.