Written from the perspective of experiencing five very different births, Katie volunteers key factors that have made her natural labors easier. In this article, she discusses her various birth experiences, focusing on what made her latest birth easier than previous ones. The article explores how magnesium intake, exercise (particularly squats), chiropractic care, healthy fat consumption, and a comfortable environment have a major impact on a woman’s experience of natural labor. Have you had or ever considered having a natural labor? You’ll want to make note of these tips!
“I’ve had several births that I had the honor of being a doula at in the last month and it made me think about my own birth experiences and the difference between them. For reference, I had (full saga here) :
- A typical intervention hospital birth that thankfully did not end in a c-section
- A 26 hour long labor that ended in a great natural birth with midwives in the hospital
- An unavoidable c-section due to placenta previa and a hemorrhage at 35 weeks
- A 25 hour natural labor that ended with a successful v-bac (hospital, with midwives)
- A perfect, wonderful, 13 hour natural home birth of a frank breech perfect baby girl
When a friend and I were talking about birth experiences, I said that I’d had the gamut of birth experiences and could just have normal births from now on and she responded: “No you haven’t. You haven’t had multiples yet.” Here’s to hoping we didn’t speak that in to existence! (I’m happy to have one at a time!).”