Your guide to creating and preparing for a peaceful birth

Experience the comfort-focus-joy cycle for yourself
Table of Contents

Introduction.................................................................................................. 1 

Activity 1 Opening Up.................................................................................... 3

My story........................................................................................................12

My birthing beliefs......................................................................................... 16

The state of things....................................................................................... 18

The methods used in this book................................................................. .....20

How the book works..................................................................................... 20

Peaceful Birth Blessings................................................................................. 22

Peaceful Birth Checklist................................................................................. 24

Chapter 1. Comfort-Focus-Joy Cycle (reducing pain in labour).......... ...............25

13 strategies to reduce unnecessary pain in labor.......................................... 27

1.        To labor without the presence of fear or anxiety .................................29

2.        Education about labor and delivery ....................................................30

Here are some questions to ask potential prenatal teachers.......................... 32

3.        Physical comfort ...............................................................................34

4.        A quiet, calm environment............................................................... 37

5.        Emotional support............................................................................ 39

           For the supporting person:..... ..........................................................40

6.        Freedom from unnecessary interventions......................................... 43

7.        A Midwife or Dr. that supports you................................................... 43

8.        Positive visualization .......................................................................44

9.        Rhythmic breathing........................................................................ 44

10.        Freedom to move around, and change positions ............................45

11.        Food and water............................................................................ 46

12.        Endorphins ..................................................................................48

13.        Rituals .........................................................................................48

Chapter 2 The causes of pain in labour........................................................53

The Fear-tension-pain cycle:

 How fear affects the muscles of the uterus during labour:.......................... 53

How does it work?..................................................................................... 54

The benefits of learning true relaxation...................................................... 57

Common Causes of Fear in Labour............................................................. 59

Workbook................................................................................................. 62

Remember to be gentle always................................................................. 62

Chapter 3 The power of your mind............................................................ 63

Positive thinking....................................................................................... 64

The effects of stress.................................................................................. 64

Activity : Seeing the connection................................................................ 66

Stress and fear during childbirth................................................................ 68

The journey.............................................................................................. 69

Activity:.................................................................................................... 41

Chapter 4 Overcoming stress & fear in everyday life................................... 42

The worry voice........................................................................................ 42

Activity: The worry voice........................................................................... 43

Stopping repetitive thoughts..................................................................... 44

Activity: Stopping the worry voice............................................................. 44

Worry schedule......................................................................................... 46

Getting enough sleep................................................................................ 46

Positive affirmations.................................................................................. 48

Positive affirmation for the upcoming pregnancy........................................ 48

Positive affirmations for childbirth.............................................................. 49

Chapter xx Overcoming your fears about childbirth.................................... 51

Activity 1 Uncovering your fears about childbirth....................................... 52

Activity 2 Exploring your fears.................................................................. 55

Activity 3 Drawing your fears................................................................... 63

Activity 4 Blessings.................................................................................. 64

Activity 5 Collage..................................................................................... 65

Chapter 5 Deep relaxation........................................................................ 67

Examples................................................................................................. 67

Relaxation Ritual...................................................................................... 68

Chapter xx Preparing for Change............................................................... 69

What else can you prepare for?................................................................. 69

How can you prepare?.............................................................................. 70

Part 2 Making decisions............................................................................ 73

Choosing Your Care Provider..................................................................... 75

Midwife Interview questions..................................................................... 75

Questions to ask your Dr at your first visit................................................ 76

Need extra help? Hire a doula!................................................................. 79

Doula Interview questions....................................................................... 79

Choosing where you want to give birth.................................................... 82

Choosing with whom you want to give birth............................................ 83

Creating your Hospital Wishlist................................................................ 85

 


 

Hello Mothers and Mothers to be,

I’m Elizabeth MacKay RM,MH,CHt 

 I am a retired midwife and natural birthing instructor. I have spent years putting this online prenatal course together, for women like yourself, who are interested in natural childbirth. You will go into labour as fully prepared as possible, knowing that you have done all you can to have an enjoyable birthing process and ensure the safety of your newborn child.

Whether you are planning a hospital birth or a home birth the goal is that you and your baby will have a positive birth experience.

What our happy customers are saying about us!

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I found that all of the breathing and relaxation techniques were really helpful during labour, especially when things started to get more intense.

Thank you so much, Naomi Beck

 

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Because it was my first child, I wanted to be really well prepared for labour. The most valuable thing for me, about taking Elizabeth’s classes was that it removed ALL the fears that I had about childbirth. I was able to easily remain “calm and focused” throughout my labour. Rebecca Bone

 

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Thank you, Elizabeth for everything.

I would have been so scared if it wasn't for all the information and help you gave me.

Love from Baby Amber

and Jenny Melsness

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Working with Elizabeth was a pleasure. Not only was she very pleasant to work with and extremely professional, Elizabeth has a strong command of her subject matter and makes learning enjoyable and effortless. Her video series has been well researched and delivered. I highly recommend her services, you will not be disappointed.

Ralph Perez PhD

 

I'll never forget you - you brought my beautiful daughter in to this world, It was a very peaceful delivery (though at the hospital and induced) but my daughter is like a little buddha. she is so sensitive, compassionate, with empathy. I like to think your contribution to the start of her life made some impact on her approach to the world. Thank you.

Elizabeth Becker

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I really enjoyed your online course. The partners guide is very eye opening.

It definitely has given me the information I needed to confidently support my wife in labour.

Hardy Hornburg

 

Thank you so much for this wonderful course.  I just delivered my baby a few days ago and had an excellent labour.  I went from 18+ hours for my first baby to only 3 hours this time around.  I found the information very helpful!
Regards,

Christie

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