The latest research suggests preparing for labour using Complementary Medicine makes differences in birthing outcomes. Here, we continue our look at the Basics of Birth Preparation with one of the most important tips – Relaxation.
You may have your bag packed for the hospital and are ready for this baby to arrive. If you’re worried you’ve missed something or want some ideas of things you may not have even considered preparing for labour. There are things you can do to help make your birthing experience easier, more relaxing and a positive outcome. Check out this list, starting with Part 1 – Birth Intention & Hydration.
Perineal Massage. Just by saying those two words, I may have already got you offside! Some women are open to this technique and others are not. So here, we’l present the technique and look at the evidence behind it as a preparation for Labour, including less risk of tearing and episiotomy. (Which are the best reasons to consider Perineal Massage) I was advised by a mother of three who never had an episiotomy because of this technique, to consider it and it worked for me.