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10 secrets for a more Comfortable Delivery ~ Ballarat Pregnancy and Newborn

March 22, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Birth beyond the basics: 10 secrets for a more Comfortable Delivery ~ Ballarat, Pregnancy & Newborn.

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You can bring your own music or sounds to the delivery room. 

Music can have a powerful impact on our emotions, and it can help create a calm and soothing environment for you during labor. You can bring your own playlist, a sound machine, or even your own voice to help you relax and focus during labor. 

Question for your doctor: Can I bring music to the birthing room? 

 

The power of the mind - visualisation and other relaxation techniques can help during labor. 

Visualisation and relaxation techniques such as hypnobirthing, yoga, and meditation can help you stay calm and focused during labor. It can also help to lower stress hormones and increase endorphins, which can make labor more manageable.  There are quite a few hypnobirthing classes in Ballarat. I will put a link below. 

Question: Is there anything I can do now to learn how to cope with labor? 

 

You don't have to give birth in the hospital. 

Giving birth at home or in a birth centre can provide a more relaxed and intimate setting for the birth of your baby. It allows you to have more control over the birthing process and can provide a more personalised experience. This option is safe for low-risk pregnancies and has similar or better outcomes compared to hospital births. There are midwives available in Ballarat to facilitate home birth. 

Question for your doctor: Would he/she support you and work with a home birth midwife if you decided to go this route? 

 

Epidurals are not the only form of pain relief available during labor. 

Epidurals are a common form of pain relief during labor, but they are not the only option available. Other forms of pain relief include nitrous oxide, spinal blocks, and natural methods such as hypnobirthing, acupuncture and massage. These options can provide a more natural and less invasive form of pain relief. 

Question for your doctor: What other pain relief options do they see often that’s effective other than epidural? 

 

Birthing pools can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during labor.
 

Warm water can help ease the pain and discomfort of contractions, and it also allows you to move around more easily, which can help the baby move down the birth canal. Birthing pools can also provide a sense of privacy and intimacy during labor. 

Question for your doctor: Are there birth pools at the hospital or another way I can use water to relax? 

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Using essential oils to help with relaxation during labor.

Lavender is the best oil for delivery room atmosphere. It is very calming and soothing & can bring a spirit of gentleness to the delivery room. Peppermint when inhaled, can help reduce anxiety and hypertension. When in labor, I inhaled both straight from the bottle & it helped immensely in calming & focusing my mind. The essential midwife by Stephanie Fritz is a great reference if you're thinking of using essential oils & knowing which ones are safe.

Question for your doctor: Can I use a diffuser with essential oils in the deliver room? 

 

Birthing positions - there are many different positions that can help make the birthing process easier.


There are various birthing positions that can help make the birthing process easier, such as standing up, sitting down, on your hands and knees, or even lying down. Experiment with different positions to find what feels most comfortable for you. 

Question for your doctor: In what positions are you willing to help me birth my baby? 

 

Doulas are a great support and aren’t only used for birth. 

A doula is a professional trained to provide emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum period. A doula can help you with relaxation techniques, provide emotional support, and advocate for your wishes during birth.  There are many amazing Doulas available in Ballarat. Links below!

Question for your doctor: Do you work with doulas often? Are there any you recommend? 

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You can eat and drink during labor, if you want to. 

Having a light snack can help keep your energy levels up. It's important to listen to your body and your healthcare provider during labor, and to make sure you are well hydrated and nourished. 

Question: Under what circumstances will I not be allowed to eat or drink in labor? 

 

Cesarean sections are not as scary as they seem. 

C-sections are a common form of delivery and can be planned or unplanned. Your doctor and nurses will take great care of you and your baby during the procedure. It's important to remember that a c-section is a surgical procedure and there are risks associated with it, but it can also save the lives of both mother and baby in certain situations. 

Question: In what circumstances do you perform c-sections? 

 

 

 

So, there you have it, mumma. You're armed with some new information that will hopefully help you feel more confident and excited about your birth! I hope that reading - 10 secrets to a more comfortable delivery has given you some solid ideas.

 

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Download our 'Questions to ask your doctor’ at your next appointment. 

 

Want more info ~ Local Ballarat references ~ people to connect with!

@the_essential_midwife ~ Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies

@untangledliving ~ Ebony Hamilton - Specialist in Pre & Postnatal Massage, Doula, Education

@ballaratmidwifery ~ Katie - Private midwife, Hypnobirthing practitioner, Homebirth

@midwifelauretta ~ Lauretta - Birth education & support, Acuneedling by a midwife

 

 

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