Over the past week I have been putting the final touches on my labour prep. I have been really thinking what I want to have on hand. I finished reading a really great book called Birth Skills by Juju Sundin and Sarah Murdoch where I got some really great ideas from.
If you are wanting a natural birth with limited medical intervention as possible, then this book is going to be your go to. I have highlighted and dog eared so many pages it is a little ridiculous because I'm sure reading is the last thing I'm going to be wanting to do while I'm in labour. But isn't that why my hubby is with me? Lol.
Earlier this week I put up a photo on social media of the cue cards that I put together for myself and it got such a great response. Because of that I thought I would put together some cue cards for you to print out and have ready to go when your big day arrives (you can download your cue cards below).
The other things I have ready to go, whether I choose to use them or not are:
+ My iPod full of different type of music - slow, meditation/yoga style, rock, pop and so on.
+ Essential oils - I love lavender which promotes relaxation which I think I will need when it starts to get tough. I have also read that peppermint is great for alertness during labour. I was also sent some samples of doTerra oils and I have packed Elevation for post birth where I was advised to put a drop behind each ear to help stabalise hormones and ward off 'baby blues'.
+ Birthing Skills book - highlighted and notes made through out the book.
+ Massage oil - if I get a sore back I have asked my hubby to rub my back and add in some lavendar essential oil to the mix.
+ Bikini - in case I want to hop into the shower or have a bath to help manage the pain. My hubby has also packed his boardies so he can join me if I need that extra support.
As I have mentioned before, I am hoping for a natural labour with minimal medical intervention if possible, but of course I am open to pain relief and whatever is best for me and baby at the time. I'm not putting pressure on myself to have a certain labour, because who knows what is going to happen when the time comes.
If you are hoping for a natural birth, please keep an open mind and don't get upset or feel like a failure if things don't go to plan. Let the universe help guide you on this beautiful journey. What will be, will be.
The way I have designed the cue cards are for you to print, cut out and laminate if you want to. I have also allowed a blank page of cue cards so you can write your own words of wisdom for yourself during your labour. It can be anything that you think will keep you focused and on track.
Share with me in the comments below...What other words of wisdom did you use or will you be using during your labour? Did you use cue cards or any other tools to help get you through?
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