By Juju Sundin

Explanations concerning the body structure of discomfort and what concepts may help ease it support pregnant ladies comprehend what our bodies adventure in the course of exertions and what might be performed to actively deal with the discomfort. With a mix suggestion from a 30-year occupation in obstetric remedy and suggestions from a program-participant’s own trip, this guidebook bargains confirmed pain-management counsel comparable to stream, respiring, vocalizing, and utilizing pressure balls and keyword phrases. all kinds of birthing equipment are described—including brief and lengthy labors, traditional or epidural labors, and water births. This much-needed source aids ladies to organize for his or her greatest fear—the ache of labor—and indicates them not just how one can get via it, but also illustrates the empowerment of managing such pain.

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44 ❘ Skills fo r the firs t s t ag e o f la b our pain—you might be amazed by the results. qxp 11/24/06 10:52 PM Page 45 LIZ Initially, I walked around the maternity section of the hospital with my husband. After an hour or so, we returned to the birthing suite as the pain was increasing, and I wanted to be in my own environment with all my things. I preferred to stay in one position, swaying my hips from side to side and focusing on my body weight as it fell over each foot. After another hour or so my legs started shaking so my midwife and husband put down floor mats and beanbags and I got down on my knees and leaned against the bed.

Qxp 11/24/06 10:52 PM Page 39 controlling you. Just 20 minutes into my first class I had discovered that if I have pain in one part of my body, in this case the twisting arm pain, I could at the very least dull it and, at best, totally block it out by moving my legs. Imagine how in labour if you can take this tool, the simplicity of a rhythmic motion like marching or stomping your feet, and use it to work through a contraction. It will give you something positive to focus on, a rhythm and movement to help you work through and distract you from the pain.

I had to get bigger than the pain. I recalled a DVD Juju showed in class of a woman in labour sitting on a fit ball and rocking back and forth, using movement and sound to master her pain. She was leaning against the delivery bed to take the pressure off her back. In deep concentration, she rocked backwards and forwards, making long, quite loud rhythmic ‘Aahh’ sounds. She was frowning but I could see how in control she was. Her partner was counting the seconds of each contraction for her. They were both in rhythm and in sync.

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