How To Birth Smarter


Are you ready to birth smarter? If you're ready to embrace your responsibility of birthing your little one with strength and clarity of mind, read on. I'll share 6 ways you can birth smarter, with your preparation starting now.

What do you mean, "birth smarter"?

I mean what can you do to increase your chances of a more normally progressing labor, where you are informed of your options and what is happening during your birth, where you feel supported by and connected to your partner, with a calm mind even during moments of confusion or uncertainty.

Sounds pretty darn appealing, doesn't it?

Notice that it is NOT about achieving a certain outcome-based goal (as in, "I'm going to have a drug-free natural birth!"...don't get me wrong, I'm all for what you want, it's just that we can't always control those sorts of things). What we CAN control is summed up as birthing smarter: Increasing your chances of a more normally progressing labor, where you are informed of your options and what is happening during your birth, where you feel supported by and connected to your partner, with a calm mind even during moments of confusion or uncertainty.

I'm in! How can I Birth Smarter?

So here we go, 6 ways you can birth smarter, starting right now.

1. Gather a stellar birth team. Choose wisely when you gather your birth team. Are your birth philosophies more in line with midwifery care or under the care of an OB? (Read more on that in my blog post titled, "Some Like It Hot".) Midwives generally spend more time with their patients and have time to explain your options during your prenatal visits as well as during your birth. In addition, do you have a doula on your team? Why or why not? Are you getting any body work during pregnancy, like chiropractic care, acupuncture or prenatal massage? Have you ever considered that those professionals are also on your birth team, and may help guide your choices in your birth? Gather your birth team wisely. It's one of the most important decisions you can make in birthing smarter.

2. Position your body correctly. There are specific ways to "rest smarter" during your pregnancy to help position