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Having five children and pregnant with my sixth, these are my recommendations for a natural more comfortable birth. I have had both an epidural and natural births and I prefer natural births over medicated.
• First of all, inform yourself. Find out your options in labor and birthing. One of the primary factors that increase pain is feeling out of control and scared. Being informed really helps this. Having a good support person is VERY important too. They can help focus you when you can only process so much information.
• Drink Red Raspberry leaf tea throughout the pregnancy, but at least in the last 2 weeks. Red Raspberry Leaf tea is great for toning the uterus and preparing it for childbirth.
• Use EPO (Evening Primrose Oil capsules) both orally and vaginally (puncture the capsules and insert) in the last 2 weeks to help with labor also. EPO contains natural prostaglandins (similar to semen) and will help to efface a ripe cervix. EPO will not prematurely start labor that is not ready to start.
• When in labor use a combination of warm water and hot compresses along with guided imagery. Warm to hot baths are great for easing contractions and allowing the perenium to stretch.
Imagine the baby descending down and your body opening like a flower. Imagine every breath you breath being a breath you are breathing for that baby.
•Low deep moans helps vibrate away the contraction pains. Very deep- like a crocadile or a low vibrating moan or hum.
• Use olive oil on the perenium to help keep it stretchy and the vaginal opening slippery for the baby.

Also, holding the baby right after birth and allowing the cord to finish pulsating is healthy for the baby.

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