was successfully added to your cart.

Cart

Birth Blog

Top 9 Tips for Your Birthing Environment

By 8th September 2019 No Comments

Your Birthing Environment Should Be Private, Safe and Unobserved

Private-birthing-spaceWhen it comes to the labouring woman and what she needs in her birthing environment, there are three little words that pop up time and time again.

  • Private
  • Safe
  • Unobserved

Why do we want mum to feel these things?

Well, when she does, all of the major birthing hormones will be produced at their maximum, optimal level.

Her uterine muscles will work in harmony and the flow of birth is likely to be steady and positive.

It’s all well and good to hear those words, but what do they mean and how can we make sure a woman in labour feels those things on a primal level.

Let’s break it down for you and give you my top 9 tips on how to achieve it.

Safe

  1. In order for mum to feel safe, she needs to have complete trust in every person present in the room.To achieve this, she will have tirelessly researched her birthing options, written down her birth preferences and made them known to those attending her birth.

    She will feel secure in knowing that her wishes will be respected.
  2. She will also have total confidence in her Birth Companion, often her partner but it could be a doula, sister or her mother.She must be sure that her Birth Companion will hold the birthing space for her.They will be responsible for things like managing noise and conversation levels, tending to music, keeping the room warm and cosy and lights dim.
  3. She will have a firm knowledge about her body both physically and hormonally during childbirth and know to her core that she is fully capable of birthing her baby powerfully and positively.

Private

  1. This can be as simple as closing the blinds or curtains and closing doors to the room mum is in.She needs to feel free to move, change positions, make noise and get nude if she wants to.
  2. Birth is not a spectator sport! If there is someone that hasn’t been invited or is not serving a purpose, mum needs to know that her Birth Companion will rectify the situation easily and calmly.
  3. Feeling private may mean making some informed choices about certain interventions to decline.Some women may find it hard to feel like they are on their own private birthing journey when they have a fetal heart rate monitor on or are hooked up to an IV.Making these choices would entail prior research and open communication with a supportive care provider.  

Unobserved

  1. Mum could choose to decline any vaginal examinations.

    Internal examination can feel very invasive and painful and serve no real purpose than to tell those present the exact dilation of mum’s cervix right at that present moment.
  2. Mum needs to know that she is not on a schedule during labour.She is not expected to meet any deadlines or time frames and she knows that all her support team understands that too.
  3. Mum may like to remove or cover any clocks in the room.

    They serve no purpose for her when she has gone within to her birthing body and could lead to disappointed if she feels she isn’t progressing quickly enough.

During our HypnoBirthing course, we explore each of these points more deeply and couples learn how these tips can be applied to labour at home, in the car and at hospital.

Written by Michelle Clift

Michelle is one of our wonderful Gold Seal HypnoBirthing Educators based in Melbourne. She runs the HypnoBirthing Collective in Doncaster East, VIC.

Visit Michelle’s website: http://hypnobirthing.com.au


 mish12
My name is Michelle and I’m a passionate HypnoBirthing Educator in East Doncaster, Victoria. I’m married to the lovely Andrew and mother to Mason and Marlie. I’m obsessed with anything to do with children, whether its growing them, giving birth to them or parenting them.

Calm HypnoBirthing Mumma Achieves a 100% Natural Birth

| Birth Blog, Birth Stories | No Comments
Birth of Edison - March 2015 Written by HypnoBirthing® Practitioner & Doula -  Helena Hentz My warmest congratulations to J & K on birth of their precious son Edison. J &…

Signs Of Labour

| Birth Blog | No Comments
What are the signs of labour? A big question on all pregnant mama’s minds is, when will I go into labour and what will it feel like. The interesting thing…

How to Heal Birth Trauma

| Birth Blog | No Comments
The Truth About Birth Trauma & How to Finally Heal from it How can you really begin to move on after a difficult birth? It is very sad to know…
pregnancy sleep

Tips to Better Sleep in Pregnancy

| Birth Blog | No Comments
Sleeplessness in the third trimester can extend labour and increase risk of C-section and depression. Research shows women who sleep less than six hours per night are 4.5 times more…

My 27 Hour HypnoBirth was More Incredible than I Even Imagined!

| Birth Blog, Birth Stories | No Comments
Our beautiful princess, Sadie Winslow McDermott, was earth born on 30th January 2016, and the entire experience for me was soul changing .... more incredible than I even imagined! We…

Pregnant Couple Reflect on their Birth Preparation with HypnoBirthing

| Birth Blog, HypnoBirthing Testimonials | No Comments
Elizabeth and Harley Talk to Trish Cumming Just Before their 2nd HypnoBirth! Elizabeth contacted me in her first pregnancy, after a referral from our local Chiropractor at nearly 37 weeks.…

Additional Birth Tools for Labour Companions

| Birth Blog | No Comments
Our HypnoBirthing Partners have an important role to play during birth, leading the birthing mother through labour with their voice and their touch. Our aim is to educate partners to…

Physiotherapy After Birth

| Birth Blog | No Comments
Should I prioritise a physiotherapy appointment after labour? It can be a pretty busy time settling in with your new baby and you may already have midwife, GP, obstetrician or…

Your 10 Different Maternity Care Options Compared

| Birth Blog | No Comments
Did you know there are 10 different Maternity Care options to choose from? When you fall pregnant there are going to be many decisions you will need to make. One…

Top sleep tips from a baby whisperer

| Birth Blog | No Comments
When is my baby going to sleep? Recently our In-House Baby Whisperer, Amanda Bude was interviewed by Marika Hart, founder of Heresphere. Marika is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, and she created…

Why UNDERSTANDING what being chased by a TIGER has in common with LABOUR is a GAME CHANGER!!!

| Birth Blog | No Comments
What the…? I know what you are thinking ... How can this have anything remotely to do with labour and birth? Let me tell you, it has EVERYTHING to do…

The Importance of Vaginal Seeding

| Birth Blog, Caesarean Section HypnoBirthing | No Comments
This curious new birth practice of transferring healthy bacteria to a baby born via c-section has been referred to as a 'new birth trend'. Evidence has been building and encouraging…

To Push, or Not To Push?

| Birth Blog | No Comments
Mother Directed Breathing v's Forced Pushing It is interesting that we have been led to believe that the final stage of birth requires a mother to be coached into forceful…

Working With Special Circumstances: Jack’s Birth Part 2

| Birth Blog | No Comments
Once in the birthing suite, my obstetrician came to chat and make sure that I was happy with the change in plans. She performed an internal examination (at about 1pm)…

Leave a Reply