Kids & Family:Parenting
Ep 98: Kyleigh's Out-of-the-Box Homebirth Preparation
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What does preparing for a homebirth look like to you? Do you prefer a done-for-you checklist, or do you enjoy putting the puzzle together yourself? Although I am, of course, a huge proponent for childbirth education, particularly childbirth education FOR homebirth mothers, I love hearing how mothers choose to prepare for homebirth. There’s no one right way, and in today’s episode, we’ll hear how amazingly Kyleigh did with her preparation. From creating a birth labyrinth to practicing pain management techniques, there is so much to learn from this episode.
Kylie decided she wanted a homebirth before she became pregnant by listening to birth podcasts and realizing she didn’t like the sense of lack of control many seemed to experience in the hospital. Once pregnant, she read the book Mama Zen, which she credits for her comfortable, mindful attitude during pregnancy and birth. She feels it truly set her up for success.
At 37 weeks her baby was transverse, so she began going to the chiropractor 3x/week, which helped baby into a good position.
Before labor, she spent lots of time on her birth ball doing puzzles. She also practiced pain management techniques by holding ice.
Kyleigh’s labor was 9 hours: 5 hours of active labor, then 4 hours of pushing.
Favorite books: Spiritual Midwifery, She Births, Unassisted Childbirth
She created a “labor labyrinth” for herself
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