What a woman needs during labour are the same things she needs in other times:
- Trust in her own abilities
- A willingness to respond to the moment and stay present in her experience
- Deep breathing
- A feeling that she is not alone navigating this new experience
- A vision of what this experience is bringing her
What does this feel like in labour?
- She is supported by the caring presence of others.
- She has faith in her body’s abilities based on an understanding of physiology as well the experience of her mind’s abilities based on cultivating the conscious habit of focused deep breathing, visualisation, and meditation.
- She learns to respond to the moment through the practice of cultivating this in her daily life – continually placing her intention to respond with relaxation versus tension.
- She cultivates a practice of deep breathing, training her body daily.
- She knows she’s not alone as she has cultivated her connection to her baby – the concious little being she is carrying. She has learned how to respond to her own needs and communicate these to others.
- She knows that her body is built for these few hours of birthing – that such a transformative experience is preparing her to work with the unknowns of being a mother and to again find confidence in her own abilities – even in all of the times that are new and she could never imagine.