I Used a Variety of Comfort Measures


Lamaze Childbirth Educator Response

Dear Kari,

My favorite sentence in your story is, "I am still amazed by my strength and that of my little one." How beautifully you phrased that sense of empowerment that we wish for all birthing women!

The fact that you were so mobile and able to do so many things to comfort yourself -- walking, using the birth ball, breathing, floating in the tub -- is a credit to you and also to the hospital where you gave birth. Many women resort to medications simply because there are few other options for comfort and pain relief available.

You say you were supported by your husband and by "experienced, caring nurses and a doctor who listened to what I wanted." You hit the nail on the head -- you had competent medical and emotional care. Research tells us that this is a key ingredient for positive birth experiences

I agree with you: Every woman deserves this kind of experience!

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