Written by Midwife Hayley Hall
Getting ready to welcome a little bundle of joy into the world is an incredibly special occasion, and if you have chosen the midwife path for your birth, then you would be having discussions about which birth technique is right for you and your family.
The first step to take when preparing for the birth of bub, is to develop a birth plan. Your midwife will support you in this decision-making process, and provide evidence-based education information, while working with you and your family throughout the entire birthing journey.
Having worked with thousands of families to deliver babies, I know how important it is to make these decisions early, so that by the time baby is ready to be born, you can confidently navigate the day.
But how do you know which birthing technique is right for you?
To help you get started, I have compiled my top five predictions for the most popular birthing techniques I believe I will see in 2024.
This focuses on relaxation, releasing fear, and a focused state of mind. Hypnobirthing aims to release endorphins and enhance coping strategies by incorporating breathing techniques, movement, upright positioning, massage, affirmations and maintaining a positive mindset. Hypnobirthing can be used for all births.
The use of water in labour and birth
Water immersion in a bath or a pool during the first stage of labour has been shown to decrease pain. Water is a natural pain relief option with amazing therapeutic effects and benefits. This includes reducing stress hormones, encouraging stronger surges, increasing control, reducing interventions, decreasing labour duration, promoting relaxation, and enhancing family satisfaction.
More awareness about the use of upright positioning
This creates more space in the pelvis by widening the diameter of the pelvis. Gravity promotes baby descent downwards into the pelvis to soften, thin and open the cervix. The birthing parent responds instinctively to the body and baby.
The use of the TENS machine, a natural form of analgesia
The TENS is a small battery-operated portable device connected to electrodes that attach to the skin. Through these electrodes, mild electric impulses are sent along the nerves assisting to reduce discomfort, enhance coping strategies, release natural endorphins, provide distraction and increase satisfaction.
Whilst not a new technique, home birthing is becoming more widely known and popular with many families choosing to birth in the comfort and security of their own home.
Hayley Hall is the official Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Midwife at the upcoming Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo on the Gold Coast, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February, 20024. Hayley will be running free talks over the weekend.
Tickets for the event can be purchased here.