What you’ll learn
- You will learn how labor pain is different to all other kinds of pain and how to manage it effectively.
- You will learn how hormones impact labor pain and how to maximise hormonal pain relief
- You will learn how fear causes pain in what we call the Fear/Tension/Pain cycle and how to make sure this does not happen to you.
- You will learn about hypnobirthing techniques and how to apply them to experience a pain-less labor
- You will learn the 5 essential breathing techniques to use at different stages in your labor to stay in the pain-less zone.
- You will learn about the 3 medical pain relief options – your safety nets.
- Safety net 1 – Epidural (when you can have it, how it works, benefits and drawbacks)
- Safety net 2 – Opiate injection (when you can have it, how it works, benefits and drawbacks)
- Safety net 3 – Gas and Air (when you can have it, how it works, benefits and drawbacks)
- You can take this course at any stage of pregnancy but it is particularly relevant in the third trimester when you feel your body starting to change in preparation for giving birth.
- You will benefit most from this course if you listen to the audio recordings regularly.
The Midwife Guide to Pain Management in Labor and Birth. This course will radically change the way you think about birth by understanding the cause and function of pain and the influence of fear on your experience.
It is the foundation course for birth preparation and will ensure that you go into labor feeling calm and confident.
There are not too many women who come to my classes expecting an enjoyable birth experience – even though many of them achieve that and it is most definitely possible.
However, for as long as you associate pain with labor and use the term pain, it will naturally make you think of unpleasant and abnormal situations like toothache or a broken bone. This pain occurs as a result of something being inherently wrong, and yet everything you will feel in labor is a signal that it is right.
No matter how many people you ask, what labor feels like, the answers will fall anywhere on the spectrum of “ not nearly as bad as I expected” to “absolutely excruciating” which really does not help you at all because you will naturally focus on the latter.
In terms of preparation, think of it this way. If you woke up one morning and decided to run the London marathon, you would have to put a training program together and prepare. You would never just turn up at the start line with the wrong shoes, no water and no training. You would never consider running a marathon without knowing the route, what to expect, where the hills are or how to pace yourself.
Preparing to have your baby is much the same. By the time your labor begins, you want to be sure that you have
- Done your training and mental preparation.
- You know the route (the stages of labor)
- You accept that it is going to be challenging
- You understand the factors that are out of your control
- You know how to pace yourself
- You know how to harness the power of your mind
- You know how to use powerful breathing techniques to avoid the fear/tension/pain cycle
- You understand the impact of hormones oxytocin and endorphins and how to maximise them
In this course you will learn all of that and a whole lot more. The course is structured to give you a deep understanding of the nature of pain and, your expectations and proven tools to manage it.
Who this course is for:
- You will benefit from this course if you are feeling fearful and anxious about giving birth.
- You will understand what causes labor pain and you will know how to manage it
- By the end of this course you will feel calm and confident about giving birth