Giving Birth with Family
The thought of childbirth for some women is one full of anxiety, stress and lots of pain. Let’s face it ladies, there is no way around it – it’s not called LABOR for nothing! The good news is that at the end of it all, you will have a shiny, brand spankin’ new beautiful baby(ies). There are many ways to reduce the stress and pain of childbirth and one of them is simpler than you think and completely drug free.
Friends and Family
So what is this magical way of reducing the anxiety of your looming labor? Its your friends and family! Studies show having close friends and family near by and in the birthing room can make a huge positive difference on your birthing experience.
The pain experienced during childbirth is different for every woman. It is influenced by many factors such as:
- Previous birth experiences
- Emotional support
Add to this the fact that you will be surrounded by strangers in an unfamiliar environment serves to compound the fear. Some women have even requested to have a cesarean section instead of a vaginal birth because of fear of pain. Little do they realize that a c-section is considered a major surgery and will be more painful and leave a permanent scar on your lower abdomen!
So how can having loved ones present help? Just the mere presence of a friend or loved one, even if they are not actively involved in the birth, can be very soothing. The feeling of having someone there for you that you feel comfortable around is priceless during this time. Having your partner there actively participating in the labor with you will be even more invaluable. Simple comforting methods can make a big difference!
Hospitals and Rules
Hospitals are so strict about who can be with the mother during this time. They are working really hard to provide moms-to-be with a more home like environment, but they still have a ways to go. The policies and rules that they are bound by prohibit having more than a certain amount of people in the room with you. The nurse, midwife and doctor already equal three people. Your partner adds to the final count allowed in the room. This can be distressing because you may need other types of support that other family members or friends can offer. Every person counts!
Birthing Centers can be a great choice when you want to include your family and friends.