Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Waiting for Calgon to take me away.
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focusing on Ina May Gaskin's ideas of how our emotions greatly affect the course of our labors.
I'd like to base the class around the idea of "lightening up!" The importance of relaxed, positive thoughts and words, relaxed and open mouth and throat, humor, and not treating childbirth like some scary disease or something. I would obviously teach other important things, like optimal positions, the stages of labor, interventions, relaxation, and that sort of thing, but focusing on how to keep ourselves open and positive through each stage and phase, and how to help the woman's partner help her to do this. I was thinking about e-mailing Ina May and asking her permission to use "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" as our book to read in class.
What do you all think? I am not keen on focusing on only one method, as I feel that different things work for different people, kwim?