Jo Groenhart, massage therapist at Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic Centre, shares her experiences, and explains why a birth plan can only be effective with the right people, a pregnancy and birth team, around you.
Many women out there don’t realise the importance of choosing your pregnancy and birth team and the effect it can have. Some may not even realise that they can or should do this, but the difference between choosing and not choosing can result in a completely different birth experience, especially when we consider that a team is a group of people working together to achieve a common goal.
When my eldest son was born, I had planned to go to a midwife led birthing centre; I wanted everything as natural as can be. I made a big mistake; I didn’t find anyone to help me achieve this. I thought that as that was my wish it would somehow happen, that hospital doctors, consultants, midwifes, would all be on board with this because I had noted in my birth plan that I wanted a natural birth. When I didn’t get the support I was expecting it left me feeling alone in an environment I did not want to be in and that everything I wanted was a constant battle of trying to make myself heard.
In terms of your pregnancy and birthing team, they are vital to your experience. For most ladies, when I talk about this subject, they think it simply means their midwife or consultant. They may not even be thinking about delivery at that stage. However as we say pregnancy is a marathon not a sprint, you are preparing your body so that it can happily adapt to the physical changes that it will encounter as baby grows and develops. You are preparing for the birth process, which regardless of your chosen method, does place a lot of strain on both mum and baby, so why not be prepared, take control and surround yourself with people who can help you get to where you want to be.
Some people you may want to include are:
Pilates Instructors: <a href="http://www.bodydesignpilates prix viagra 100 en pharmacie.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>Pilates is vital for building up your core stability at this crucial time and the sooner you start the better and easier it will be. Ensuring that you take control of this area now will help enable you to regain fitness after the birth.
Chiropractors: Doctors of Chiropractic can ensure that you are free of nerve interference, allowing your body to express itself optimally. They help keep the pelvis balanced and in alignment, allowing for comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
Pregnancy Massage Therapist: Massage is great for soothing those aching muscles. Look for someone who can teach you self-massage, and show a few techniques to you partner for use leading up to, and during, labour.
Hypno Birthing/ EFT: This is great for helping you to relax and focus when the time comes. Hypnobirthing is also good for natural pain management.
Doula: These ladies are fantastic and can carry out a range of tasks for you. You may want a doula around leading up to the birth of your child, at home during your labour, or afterwards for support and guidance.
There are many more that you may want to look up, and incorporate into your team. Always remember though to find people who are confident and experienced with seeing pregnant women at all stages of the journey.