- Let Labour begin on its own – Depending on a person’s care provider and hospital, sometimes unnecessary inductions can be preformed. Inductions can be helpful and necessary in certain circumstances, but the problems arise when they are done when they are not medically necessary. It can often lead to a cascade of interventions that can possibly even lead to a having a cesarean. Unless there are any underlying medical conditions, when possible, it is best to let labour begin on it’s own.
- Move – In labour it can greatly help move things along when you can move. Walking, dancing (on your own or with your partner) and swaying can all help with allowing labour to progress. You might want to try putting on some funky grooves to help you cope with contractions. Who knows, maybe the hospital staff might might join in…(show video of hospital staff)
- Continuous Support – Having someone there to continuously support you can greatly help. A supportive partner, parent, friend and doula can significantly increase your satisfaction with the experience.
- Avoid interventions that aren’t medically necessary – It is best to avoid unnecessary interventions when possible. Having the right care provider and being in a Baby Friendly hospital makes a difference.* You can also always ask why or if a certain procedure needs to be performed, so you can make an informed decision.
- Avoid giving birth on your back if possible – Being able to birth in a squatting position, allows the pelvic outlet to open more and for gravity to help you when giving birth. Being on all fours slightly leaning forward in an upright position (leaning against your partner or the bed) also allows for movement of the tailbone and gravity to aid in the process. When a person is on their back giving birth, it is more difficult because the force of gravity can’t help as much, also the sacrum is pressed agains the surface, restricting movement of the tailbone. However, this is not always possible in certain circumstances such as when an epidural has been administered.
- Keep mother and baby together – In order to promote bonding and breastfeeding, it’s best to keep both mom and baby together. In circumstances when this is not possible and the baby is sent to the NICU, even then babies benefit from frequent contact and visits with their parents.
WHO Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/bfhi/en/
Baby Friendly Initiative Ontario http://www.bfiontario.ca/the-baby-friendly-initiative/