Women are awake to the notion that being a mother starts when your baby is in the womb and they want to make choices about their pregnancy and birth that will have a positive impact on their babies. Birth is a physiological process that has built in hormone release that floods your body and crosses to the baby giving you both a loving feeling that remains long after the birth giving you a blissful, helpful start to Motherhood!
Now I make no apology to be talking on the subject of relaxation yet again, but it is an important subject when it comes to child birth! Let me explain an adaption your body has that allows us to stop our babies being born until we feel safe and out of danger. When you are fearful and anxious your body immediately activates the nervous system to produce adrenalin. The adrenalin release is to enable you to either fight or to run away from this “threat”.
Here at UK Birth Centres we think you deserve an individual approach for your birth support. We believe whole heartedly that you deserve to have the continued support of a midwife, so that you get to know her and she in turn learns about your hopes and fears and helps you to feel relaxed and cared for throughout your pregnancy and birth, and of course into those special early days with your newborn.
The Birth Ball for movement and pain relief in labour is a large inflated exercise ball that has been adopted into maternity care to aid relaxation and movement (Perez .P 2000). The woman can sit on or lean against the ball, which provides soft support. The ball also expands the number of positions the woman can assume for comfort and offers a means for movement (e.g. bouncing, rolling) in these positions, which provides a counter-distraction during contractions. Many hospitals have birth balls in their maternity departments and encourage labouring women to use them for comfort.
I believe that women are wonderfully designed to give birth so when they are supported by midwives with whom they have developed a relationship of trust then amazing births will happen. My philosophy of trust in the physiology of birth differs from the Medical model of child birth that proliferates in our health care system. The medical model believes that birth is only normal in retrospect and is fraught with potential problems that need fixing at any moment! This form of care appears to disempower women and leads to the use of phrases such as “I was not allowed” or “I had to have and induction” evidence that the women did not have any choice in the matter.
I have been an Independent midwife for 9 years and have noticed that there are many things I view as essentials to my home birth kit that were absent when I was a community Midwife for the NHS. I am not talking about the standard equipment sonic aid, sphygmomanometer and stethoscope, thermometer, sterile gloves, etc.
Here at the UK Birth Centres we are always looking to support women’s choice. We have a holistic approach which puts the focus on each woman as an individual. We know that by keying in to what will help them feel relaxed and more confident when it comes to giving birth is certainly worth pursuing and it is why many of our clients choose a home birth.