Birth Story of the Week – Mama Sings in Labor

This is simply a beautiful example of a mother finding comfort in labor, naturally.  One key to being able to do this successfully is your environment.  If you are in an environment where you feel threatened, unsafe, unloved, disregarded, etc…, you will not be able to relax in labor.  Not finding a way to cope with pain, and the inability to be comfortable in between contractions can impede the labor process.  That is why the ability to do this begins with your environment.  If you are in a hospital, birth center, or home where you are secure and supported by loving family, friends, professionals, and/or doula, using your comfort techniques become much easier.  Your birth will be more peaceful. 

This video is also a great example of a way to be active in your labor while still be attached to fetal monitors – if need be.  This mama’s labor support was in tune with the her and offered his assistance as she needed it.  He was mindful of her environment, checking and fixing the squeaking sound created by his chair against her birth ball.  The nurse was also mindful of her space, alerting her to changes, and encouraging her to continue on as she was. 

At the time this video was taken, this mother was 24 hours into labor and dilated 8cm! 🙂  Natural comfort techniques do work when you have educated/prepared yourself, and are experiencing any variation of normal childbirth.

Many happy days to you and yours,


About Kelli

I am Kelli B. Haywood, LCCE, a childbirth educator certified through Lamaze, a birth doula, and prenatal yoga instructor. My two little girls light my life. I am the wife of artist, musician, and teacher - John Haywood.
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2 Responses to Birth Story of the Week – Mama Sings in Labor

  1. Mhope says:

    beautiful Joni Mitchell song, you can see her going deep into herself and that’s what’s required to bring about a successful birth. Being a singer, though, I personally recommend singing something in the lowest possible register. Low tones have more of an “opening” affect.

    • Birth True says:

      Oh, I know. Low tone moaning was a great help to my during my labor with my occiput posterior (sunny-side up) Ivy. 🙂

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