Natural Birth: iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting


I was struck by your sentence, "I thought pushing would be fast and painless." Pain during labor is actually protective -- a good thing. With each contraction, the baby rotates and descends through the birth canal. The pain you felt was a signal to move, to change positions, to scream. The result is that your response to your pain during pushing protected your baby and the birth canal as he made his way into the world. What a great job!

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