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We had a doula come and do private Birthing From Within sessions with us for DS at the end of '04. I have reread the book and will probably review with DH before the big day but other than that, I'm just going to get quiet and go to birthland and hope for the best.<br><br>
What's your non-drug of choice?
 

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I tend to rock rhythmically and chant quietly to myself. I find it very soothing and it helps me to focus into myself and meld into the pain so that it doesn't feel like pain anymore- It becomes more of an intense strong feeling- but it doesn't hurt. I will also be trying spiraling meditation and movement this labor. I just kind of go with the flow of what feels right.
 

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For me, the best thing was to focus on something totally non-labor related. I pictured my grandmother's kitchen, oddly enough. I tried to picture her exact wallpaper and the pictures on the wall and the silverware... I did that from transition to pushing, and I felt more calm.
 

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The biggest thing for me is relaxation - I guess it's sort of Bradley method, but it strikes me that pretty much every "natural" method should be recommending the same thing! Just deep breathing and focusing on relaxing my entire body. I'm generally pretty good at this, but I think I need to practice more before labor hits, as it's a feeling to get used to, and I haven't done a lot of it in a while.<br><br>
Then, of course, a labor pool! The warm water is so wonderful. Hot compresses have been very helpful to me in the past, too, or even a water hose directed at a specific spot.<br><br>
I've also found myself "talking" to the baby in a chant-like way both times, sometimes silently and sometimes not. For me, that focus on BABY helps, and I tend to visualize the baby moving down, etc.<br><br>
It's funny how some of these things come so naturally, even to someone who never, ever subscribes to some of the "new age" philosophies that often use similar techniques for everyday life. But they seem to be absolutely normal, perfect accompaniments to natural labor!
 

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Massage, Deep Breathing, Pelvic Rocks<br>
My DH and I took Bradley method classes and read both Dr. Bradley's book, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Husband coached Childbirth</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Natural childbirth the Bradley Way</span> by Susan McCutheon. Both books really helped me to feel confident that even though I will feel pain, I can and will deal with it in a positive way.
 

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following what seems right at the time and my instincts for what will help, along with techniques from our bradley method birthing class training 8 yrs ago.
 

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I was wondering about that, Lukas's Mama. Btw, I am a Lukas's Mama too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
W the first I tried Hypnobirthing but once I was at the hospital I couldn't get back into it. It helped me for the early stages of labor at home, tho. W the second I didn't do anything. Just tried to stay calm and vocalized thru the contx.<br>
This time I don't what to do. I don't think I'll prepare much, I am hoping for a quick one again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> on the other hand it would suck if my labor was a long one and I didn't have anything planned.
 
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