There are certain conditions that are considered “optimal” for labour and birth to progress in an efficient and safe manner. These are things which increase the production of natural oxytocin such as: feelings of safety, calmness, warmth, privacy, darkness. Knowing how physiological labour works and the ways that the hospital environment works against optimal physiology will enable you to get the most out of your birth experience and to optimise physiology for both you and your baby.
This is a touchy topic. And something that comes up semi-regularly in birthy groups that I'm in.
Do I NEED to have a doula for my birth?
Do I really need to pay for support?
And then when we talk about paying for support for VBAC planning.... But I can totally do that myself!
And hell yes you can... You are powerful, educated, and have access to the internet. But stay with me here...
Have you ever offered advice or information to someone only to be told: “shut up if you can’t be supportive”? And then walked away scratching your head about how your comment could have been construed as “unsupportive”?
Or have you ever shared your story in a group and had people ask a range of questions and offer a variety of information and come away wondering “why can’t you just support my choice”?
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