Childbirth Tips - Create a Magical Laboring Cave 0
One of my all time favorite places for labor is the hospital bathroom. Say what?? Yes, it is the truth! With a little transforming the hospital bathroom can be an awesome laboring location.
How to transform a hospital bathroom starts with the lighting. The hospital lights are so harsh that I recommend never turning them on. NEVER EVER EVER turn those lights on! As a doula, one of the first things that I do is to grab some battery operated candles from my doula bag. I place three of these in the bathroom and they create enough ambient light for safety purposes and are so much better that the florescent overhead lights.
When mom is ready to spend more time laboring in the bathroom we can go ahead and add music. If she is enjoying music for labor it is a great addition to the cave. She might be listening to a playlist or just streaming some ambient spa-like music.
After the lighting and music are set the next super important step is to close (or crack open) the door. This is so important to actually get that cave-like feel. With the door closed or mostly closed she won't feel like she is being watched. It is a comforting feeling for most moms. Sometime moms even want to be left completely alone. In that case we need to make sure that mom knows that her partner and doula are right outside the door. If moms do want company in the cave we can pull in a stool for her partner/doula. Don't forget, Mom also needs a beverage, preferably a cup with a straw.
The bathroom is a great place to labor whether it be in the tub, shower or the toilet!
Limp and Loose in Labor - 8 Practical Tips 6
The muscle at the center of labor is the uterus and the cervix is the passageway between the uterus and the vagina. I like to think of the cervix like doors that have to open up before the baby can exit. The role of each contraction is to gently open the cervix or open up the doors.
The cervix should open more effectively when the laboring woman is limp and loose. This isn't easy! During contractions it is common to want to brace against the sensation. Women are often seen squeezing their partner's hand, grabbing onto bed rails, clenching their bum and even closing their eyes with a good deal of force.
8 Tips on staying Limp and Loose for Labor:
1. Open mouth and let lower jaw hang.
2. Shake out arms and hands.
3. Blow horse lips
4. Rest hands with palms facing upward
5. Move shoulders up and down noticing any tension
6. Have support people use phrases like "limp and loose", "rag doll", and "go boneless"
7. Check in with your bum. No bum clenching!
8. Wiggle it! If any areas seem tight try to give them a wiggle to release the muscles.
Not only should staying limp and loose help contractions be more effective but reducing tension also helps reduce pain!
Check out the image that we created with these tips.