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,