So when it comes to birth is the environment that important? Surely its more about just getting through the contractions (surges), having a good Midwife, coping how best you can, making use of what’s on offer be it pain relief options or the odd intervention to speed things up?
Really I mean can the odd tea light and whiff of lavender make that much of a difference? Yes Yes and YES again!
As a Student Midwife and I hate to admit it even as a Midwife I had zero understanding of the importance of both the birthing hormones (this is a whole other blog) and of the birthing environment!
A delivery room was basically equipment, the bed there to position you at a suitable height to save my back, equipment to constantly ‘assess’ and ‘interfere’ required or not with your birth … examination packs, delivery packs, Oxygen … you get the picture?
Ok so don’t get me wrong with the advent of Midwifery Led Units more focus has been made on the environment but is this a token gesture with little application and substance.
In my Doula capacity I am still attending births where something as basic but yet crucial in my opinion to the flow of labour as lighting still seems to be an issue, the odd battery candle that never gets switched on and the most intrusive lighting than can neither be dimmed or switched off unless you want to birth in complete darkness!
I see the difference such a seemingly small but hugely significant practical issue has on a birthing Mama and I just don’t get it! Surely it could be solved so easily, a dimmer switch, some small lamps, a good selection of battery candles …. really it could be so simple yet so impactful!
Lighting is just one the factors that can hugely affect the ability of the hormones to function at their best.
So maybe you’d like some more information on how you can best prepare to birth your baby and overcome these obstacles. I can teach you how to prepare to create an awesome birthing environment whether you are planning to birth at home, midwife led unit or hospital.
If you like to learn about this and so much more to help you on your birthing journey then feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The wonderful venue for my Group Hypnobirthing classes, getting the environment right and starting as we mean to go on 🙂