my cousin is due to have a little boy in the beginning of April. I have already bombarded her with anti-circ info (and I hope she will make the right choice!), now I would like to give her some info to help make her labor go more smoothly.
I do not know what sort of labor she is planning (Bradley, hypnobirth, drugs the moment she walks into the hospital) but I would like to get her some information on dealing with the pain with out drugs and different birthing positions so that she is not stuck on her back for the entire thing and inviting complications. I know this is probably too late to truly help her, but I would feel better if I could give her even just a little information. I would prefer articles seeing as I just spent over $75 on baby supplies for her shower and I am pretty much broke as far as that portion of my budget goes, but if you know a REALLY good book I could possibly get at a used book store, I will check it out.
Zoe Faith ~ 11/01/08
5.5 - girl
Also, did you do a search on the Mothering homepage for some archieved articles? That would be an inexpensive and great resource. I looked at some of the articles with a search on "birthing positions," and some of the articles women who shared their birth experiences are great since they tell/told it like it is.
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Zoe Faith ~ 11/01/08
I have many young, first time moms in my family. Of course, I want them to have the best and safest birth experiences. Given my background and the years of study I have dedicated to safe and satisfying childbirth, I am in a good position to give them information. NotAMama, seeing how you hang out on this forum at MDC, I would guess that you have a good deal of information to share as well.
I have found that my conversations with expectant moms who are part of social/family circle (as opposed to the expectant moms who hire me) go best when the tone is very conversational. I ask what their plans and expectations are, and then I'm respectful of that.
I give books or book recommendations based on what the mom is all ready thinking. Ina May's book is awesome, but I can see some moms I know dismissing it out of hand because it is just so far from the point they're at now. If that is the case, it might be better to go with something a little less "radical," if it means there's a chance she'll actually read it-kwim?
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