What does it mean to have a positive birth?
Let’s get straight to the nitty gritty!
Your birth experience matters!
The long term affects your birth experience has on your physical health, your mental well-being and your baby’s health, is profound.
That’s why it is essential that as a mother you safeguard your birth experience by wising-up, ensuring you enter the process feeling informed, confident and prepared. You don’t need to have read hundreds of research papers or gained a midwifery degree to feel prepared, you just need to be supported and presented with the information that is relevant to you, helping you decide what’s right for you and your baby.
Aiming for a positive birth?
Consider these questions:
Are you giving birth in a place of your choosing, whether at home, in hospital or in a stand alone midwife led unit?
Are you making decisions about your labour and birth based on scientific evidence and not fear?
Do you feel heard and understood by your healthcare providers?
Are your plans for birth met with respect and dignity?
Do you feel empowered and supported by your healthcare providers?
Having given birth: do you look upon your birth experience fondly with a sense of warmth and pride?
A positive birth experience doesn’t have to be one that is ‘natural’ or ‘completely drug free’ – to put it simply, it is about birthing your baby from a place of informed decisions and positivity, as opposed to fear.
That being said, you can birth your baby with positivity at home or in hospital, with or without medical intervention. You can have a positive abdominal birth (C-section) or have a positive physiological water birth.
One thing is for certain, babies arrive in so many different ways! We are all unique and individual and as a result, will all birth our babies in different ways... this isn’t about to change!
Positive birth is about approaching birth authentically, having made informed decisions about your experience that are true to your beliefs and desires.
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