This course focuses only on contractions. It does not discuss positions for labor, medication, or the stages of labor.
Labor management is all about dealing with contractions. This course will give you a different way to manage a labor contraction, one at a time.
There are 4 Lessons, 4 videos talking about contractions.
Lesson 1: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body
Lesson 2: Braxton- Hicks Vs “True” Labor Contractions
Lesson 3: Anatomy Of a Contraction
Lesson 4: “Labor Pain” Management
This Video introduces you to some of the topics discussed in this video course. How to time contractions, the anatomy of contractions, and how this information may help your labor.
You can read all the information you want about labor and birth, but it may not help you when it's actually time to birth your baby. Why? Because it's not an intellectual experience. It's physical. So get a "grip" on your emotions.... Why? Because depending on your emotional state, the Stress Response (Fight or Flight) in your body can be triggered and cause more muscle tension (causing more pain) as well as decreasing Oxytocin (the hormone that stimulates labor) which can slow or stop labor.
Labor is like sex. You can learn about it, but you'll never fully understand it until you physically experience it. Labor is the same way. The more you learn about your body, understand how it works, and PAY ATTENTION to PHYSICAL CLUES , you'll feel more confident in managing your labor.
Here is some additional reading from my blog, Leslynotes.com
There are definite physical signs of labor. I don't discuss all of them here as this workshop focuses only on contractions - and THIS is the #1 labor sign.
There's a lot of confusion about "Braxton - Hicks ( practice contractions), but there are definite physical clues that will tell you if it's a real labor contraction or not.
Many women, maybe even you, are not sure they're having them. You are. Some women are so busy with their jobs, getting the nursery ready, etc. that they actually "forget" being pregnant!
Some women experience some discomfort with these mild, sporadic contractions. Most women do not. However, if you touch your belly often, do the "Belly Training" exercise you will FEEL them.
Pay attention to physical clues like time (how long it lasts), intensity, and location of the labor contraction on and around your belly - does it happen in one area of your belly or does the WHOLE belly tighten? Are they regular, irregular? Is there a pattern developing in how often they come? These are clues.
You'll learn how to "troubleshoot" them too, so listen carefully. Make sure you print out the handout called "Contractions, warm-ups" below.
More reading here:
Every labor contraction physically behaves the same way no matter how long or short it is. And, you ALWAYS have a break in between. It's an incredible physical system your body has in place just for birthing a baby!
You'll learn a way to cope better with each contraction after watching this video, and I'll even quiz you on it :-).
The whole contraction process is temporary.
More to read:
"Labor Pain", or what I like to call discomfort, varies from woman to woman. It's not the same. It is subjective depending on your personal "threshold" for pain. Labor pain is a "functional" pain - meaning, it has a purpose. When baby is born the contractions subside dramatically. Labor, or rather - contractions, are manageable.
Even so, you will be challenged. How much I'm not sure - that depends on you. How you respond to discomfort, how stressed you are, how supportive people are around you, how comfortable your birthing environment is. So there are many factors that can add to your comfort level.
In the video I talk about relaxation methods such as Hypnosis, Meditation, visualization. Calming your mind and body as much as you can because:
Relaxing into discomfort decreases it's intensity
A lot of medical research recently has demonstrated when the mind focuses on breathing, imagery, and not "labeling" pain (stabbing, sharp, etc.), it is less intense.
These are effective ways to manage labor pain with. The trick is to PRACTICE these techniques, whichever one you decide on, DAILY. Daily practice trains your body and mind to respond to discomfort differently, rather than emotionally reacting to it.
Enroll in a Hypnobirthing class, Prenatal Yoga, Meditation Birthing Class
Remember, work with one contraction at a time and get an idea of what the "time" is, and a sense of what that "feels" like. Labor is physical not an intellectual experience.
How? Do this exercise:
What did you experience?
Did the "time" (30 seconds) seem long or short?
How do you compare 30 seconds to the rest of your day?
What else can you do in 30 seconds?
What did you experience?
Did the "time" (60 seconds) seem long or short?
How do you compare 60 seconds to the rest of your day?
What else can you do in 60 seconds? Aren't most TV commercials 60 seconds long?
What did you experience?
Did the "time" (90 seconds) seem long or short?
How do you compare 90 seconds to the rest of your day?
What else can you do in 90 seconds? Wash dishes, take out the garbage?
The point here is to work with one contraction at a time. The longest a labor contraction may be is 90+ seconds long (give or take a few seconds depending on each woman) and you will always have a resting phase in between each contraction.
And guess what?
Baby is about to be born!
You did it!
This quiz aims to reinforce what you've learned through the "How To Master Labor Contractions" Course.
I am an RN, specializing in Labor & Delivery. I've been teaching childbirth education offline and online for over 16 years. I created an online childbirth site in 1998, www.leslynotes.com dedicated to providing childbirth education to women around the world. I'm a mom too, and love what I do. I also teach expectant couples how to use meditation to reduce anxiety, stress and potential discomfort during labor.
Over the years I have used video to share my message and love the medium. It's fun and increases interest in what you want to teach to others. So I also help people, especially those who are shy about creating video how to be "invisible" but make a huge impact. You can see my video tips here www.videovoicementor.com
I look forward to seeing you in my courses! Yes, more to come!