Have a Green Birth
“Going Green” has become a household word encouraging lifestyle changes for a healthier life, work place, and planet.
But, have you ever considered “greening” your childbirth experience? There are many things you can do to have a “green” labor and birth of your little one. For starters here are three things you can do immediately:
- Get a Midwife to manage your pregnancy and birth. Midwives offer supportive care and are less likely to use medical interventions especially for a low risk pregnancy. They are usually Registered Nurses with additional training in Midwifery. They are educated, safe, and usually work with an Obstetrician.
- Hire a Doula. Doulas and the emotional support they provide are known to decrease the use of medications and cesarean rates by 50%. If you’re unable to hire a Doula, enlist a close family member or friend you feel comfortable with to be your labor support person.
- Learn mind/body relaxation techniques. Start training your mind today. Your body mirrors your emotions. So the more anxious you are, the more muscle tension you’ll experience. There are many programs that teach you this: Hypnosis for childbirth, pre-natal yoga, visualization, and meditation. They all have the same end result – inducing the relaxation response in your body.
However, you have to practice daily for relaxation to be effective. This is not something to do two weeks before your due date. Relaxation has incredible health benefits as well. But for labor it will reduce stress and help your body respond to the labor process better.
Greening your labor is similar to greening the environment in that “green” actions focus on promoting natural solutions to problems while maintaining the integrity of natural resources and processes. In this case, you are the natural resource. Your mind and body has everything it needs to birth your baby.