Wednesday, July 20, 2011

5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Childbirth

Posted by Jenni on June 21, 2011

During introductions in the prenatal yoga classes I teach, there’s often a mom-to-be or two who say they’re “thinking about” natural childbirth, or they “might try for a natural birth.” That kind of hedging makes me feel nervous for them. Natural birth isn’t something that most women can just “try.” It’s a powerful, physical experience, and one that calls for physical and emotional, even spiritual, dedication and preparation. Natural birth is possible—and for far more than the 14% of women who experience it, I believe. But you have to get ready for it. Few and far between are the mamas whose babies seem to just fall right out. The rest of us are best served by thoughtfully preparing for the birth we’d most like to have.

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