According to a survey conducted by the National Childbirth Trust, “Nine out of ten women felt that the physical surroundings can affect how easy or difficult it is to give birth.” Most feel that being able to stay in control over temperature and room lighting, and even those who go in and out of the room is imperative.
In this article, we’ll show you how to create an ideal birthing environment that will help pave the way to the birth you planned for.
Adjust Lighting and Temperature
Did you know that just like our mammal counterparts, humans seek a comfortable area where we can have peace of mind, patiently wait for the right time, then gently breathe out our baby? Many mothers like to birth in a room that has low lighting and the right temperature to set the mood. For most moms, it’s hard to focus if the lights are glaring and if it’s too cold or too hot. In the end, it’s still all about your preferences. Some might want a darker or warmer room, while others prefer a slightly cooler one. Just be sure to jot this down when you’re working on your birth plan.
Ensure Peace and Quiet
Most women we know like to work with minimal background noise. A dog’s sudden bark or a child’s raucous laughter can interrupt your concentration. If you’re the type of person who gets easily disturbed by noises, it’s important to find a space where you don’t have to worry about intrusions. We recommend playing soothing hypnobirthing music to drown out any outside noise.
Appoint a Birth Companion
Your birth partner should be someone who is on board with what you want. From your husband to midwives, make sure that everyone is attuned to your wishes. Women are sensitive, and sometimes the reason there’s difficulty in focusing and birthing is your companions’ lack of support and understanding for your feelings. A soothing touch and words of encouragement can do wonders for the laboring mother.
Turn Off Your Phone
Of course, everyone’s excited to meet the newest member of the family. It’s inevitable that family and friends will be sending nonstop texts and be calling you for updates. Even if you put the phone in vibrate mode, the buzzing noise can easily distract you. It’s important to not lose focus especially during the final stages of labor.
We are sure you are likely to be more stressed while watching the moving hands of the clock. With every minute or hour that goes by without the baby in your arms, your fears can come rushing back. “What’s taking so long?” or “It’s more than five hours and I’m getting tired” can throw you off. Remove hanging clocks, and focus on your breathing instead. Before you know it, your precious one will be cradled in your arms, and you’ll be marveling at the beauty of your birthing experience.
It might seem excessive to plan out these details, but ensuring you will have an ideal birthing environment will lead to a wonderful hypnobirth. A drug-free and birth-free childbirth is entirely possible! Find out how with our home study course. Get a copy today, and start your journey to a truly memorable delivery.