Labor is the natural process of birthing a baby. Ideally, it happens once a pregnancy is full term (on average 37 weeks or later but it varies based on who you ask).
During natural labor the uterus contracts to help to push the baby down and out of the uterus exiting through the cervix, passing through the vaginal canal and out of the vagina.
Medical treatments may include labor induction, cesarean, forceps, epidural, pitocin, catheterization, episiotomy, vacuum extraction, scheduled cesarean (birth through abdominal surgery), tube tying.
It is said that a birthgiver gives up her life in order to birth her child. It is for that reason that, during postpartum, so much care must be given to the mother – in order to bring her back to life.
-Group B Strep
Labor Readiness Requires:
1) Circulation, 2) Relaxation, 3) Moisturization
If the body has these three things the labor may have a higher chance of naturally starting and progressing without any pauses or issues or need for intervention except in actual emergency situations.
Natural labor readiness should be something done for several weeks before actual labor. It can be started once the pregnancy is full term.
The body has done everything to make sure to hold the baby safe. It did this by stopping downward movement and normal energy circulation in the central body area. In order to get labor naturally started, you’ve got to get circulation and downward movement started again. Things that may help include exercise, massage, sex, spicy/circulating food, hot showers, trampoline, vibration—things that create circulation and downward movement. Once full term focus on getting adequate circulation daily.
The body must be properly relaxed in order for the cervix to dilate and for the pelvic floor muscles to relax and for labor to naturally progress without any pauses or the need for interventions. a) Staying rested and getting good sleep is necessary to keep the body relaxed and ready for labor. b) It’s also important to have a safe, quiet place for delivery to take place. Think of the conditions that someone might feel comfortable going to the bathroom – private, quiet, away from a lot of busy activity. c) There should also be a support team and postpartum plan in place so that the birthgiver can be cared for and focus on meeting and nourishing baby.
The body must be properly moisturized or lubricated in order for the baby to come out. Stay properly hydrated and eat lubricating foods such as gelatin, okra, nopales, aloe vera, chia seeds and other foods with a natural gel to them. Constipation is the sign to watch for—make sure to stay regular.
PLAN AHEAD FOR SUCCESSFUL BREASTMILK SUPPLY
What you eat in the delivery room in the first 24 hours after giving birth determines breast milk supply and postpartum rejuvenation indefinitely. Don’t wait until the baby is born to make a postpartum nutrition plan. Part of your labor preparation should be making arrangements for the foods you will eat in the delivery room and for the month after the baby is born.
The labor steam plan is a five week program starting at 36 weeks guided by a trained steam practitioner trained in steaming for labor preparation. Client should meet with practitioner weekly starting at 36 weeks.
-Hot Shower Squat
-Focus on Joy and Laughter
-Relaxation – shaking leaf exercise, vibration, nesting, journaling, conversations, therapy
-Take a pause from regular routine
-Warm Bath or Shower
-Food Therapy for Circulation (spicy food, emmenagogue teas). Helpful circulation foods include Ginger, Cinnamon, Thyme, Cumin, Marjoram, Turmeric, Pepper, Cayenne.
-Bitter herbs and foods
-Food Therapy for Lubrication (fruit, gelatin, goji berries, tapioca, chia seeds, oatmeal, boba, okra, nopales, aloe vera and other foods that have a natural gel in them)
Peristeam Hydrotherapists have a labor prep steam program that starts at 36 weeks. It’s recommended to work with a Peristeam Hydrotherapist or else to do self-study and take the course (Vaginal Steaming for Labor Prep) before 36 weeks to be ready to implement the labor steam plan.
Weekly acupuncture is recommended starting at 36 weeks.
Weekly massage is recommended starting at 36 weeks.
A midwife is a great option for a natural labor and delivery.
It’s recommended to have someone focused just on the birthgiver’s needs.
The uterus will naturally go into labor once a baby is full term as the organs are fully developed and the baby can survive outside of the uterus.
Early or late labor are also possibilities.
Early Labor might occur due to Uterine Fatigue or pregnancy complications.
Late Labor might occur if labor conditions are unmet or due to pregnancy complications.