We know that our birth plans, no matter how well-researched or detailed, can often have little or no impact by the time we reach a birthing pool or delivery suite.
It’s natural to feel anxious about what lies ahead. Being in unfamiliar surroundings in hospital can feel unsettling even before you are in active labour and nobody is ever certain about how things will play out as your baby makes their way into the world.
Ensuring your baby arrives safely and you remain healthy is obviously the top priority. But in circumstances which can be overwhelming, fast-moving or a bit frightening, having a few personal touches can make all the difference…
4) Take your knowledge
Events might mean you don’t have the hypnobirthing experience you were hoping for. But the breathing techniques and relaxation skills you have learned can still be put to use to help keep you calm.
Find out more about hypnobirthing, here
7) Play that song
Couples often make a playlist then forget to press play when the time comes. If you have remembered your music, it can be something to focus on but also, equally, if you prefer silence then choose that.
For labour playlist inspiration, check out our guide
8) Do your research
Shutting off options for pain relief before you are in labour could lead to distress later on, when you’ll need the headspace to focus on giving birth.
Reading up on methods of pain relief
offered in the place you plan to give birth, and their possible effects on you and the baby; or making enquiries about a TENS machine
, is something you can do before labour begins and could make all the difference when you need to make a decision.
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