51Re: [JewishUC] Has birth to be painful?
- Jan 11, 2005I certainly don't think so! Mine was... but it could have been worse. All that hurt
was my back (though pretty badly- like when I've had bad menstrual cramps, which I
think are a sign of poor health, and it hurt in my back). Back labor is (always?
usually?) caused by the baby not being in the best position, which my sweet Chaya
was not (she came out facing my right leg). What I would recommend to prevent this
particular physical cause of birth pain is seeing a Chiropractor who deals with
pregnant women. (Look at icpa4kids.com) They can help all your bones and muscles be
in the right place, which gives the baby more room to turn (my Chaya was very
cramped as I have mild scoliosis).
I also found hypnobirthing to be very helpful. My husband took the class with me,
and we just worked out with the instructors ahead of time that he be warned when a
birth video was going to show a woman naked. Most did but once they brought him in
to see part of a video that didn't show the mother unclothed. They were very
accomodating, but of course each teacher can be different.
I really have to say though, that besides the back labor, I only would have had some
VERY odd sensations, and maybe a *little* pain. Have you looked into/ read about the
fear-tension-pain cycle? Childbirth Without Fear is a GREAT book to look into with
regards to that.
Hope that helps!
PS- I have to say that even with (yes, not despite) the back labor my birth was so
beautiful and awesome!
--- Liora <alumit@...> wrote:
> Our Rabbi (a Chabadnik) could not believe that we had planned our
> birth at home. He thinks that every birth is very painful.
> What do you think?
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