Visualizing your birth will help you to become comfortable with labor when it occurs, no matter where your labor takes you. Whether you have a vaginal delivery, as imagined, or a cesarean birth, you have followed your baby. This is your job in labor-to follow your baby, adjusting to the labor process. Using the above tape will allow you to relax and enjoy the usual progression of labor. Should your labor take you down a different path, you will find the metaphors useful in dealing with contractions. The suggestions given will help you to adjust in a more relaxed manner to whatever situation comes up. Greater resources for adaptation will be available to you, as the personalized suggestions put to rest other distractions that might otherwise be present in your family history.
Your personalized relaxation tape addresses your unique concerns about family adjustment and birth history. This personalized experience will allow you to work through feelings associated with childbirth before delivery, thereby contributing to lessened tension and fear during labor. Your increased comfort with the suggestions given in your tape will allow you to adapt to your childbirth with greater ease.
Use the tape as much as you like for relaxation purposes. Once a week is minimal, while once a day is the maximum that women in my practice use their birth preparation tapes. You can also think of the tape as an experience unto itself, which may allow you to resolve any loss that you may have experienced from a past childbirth. You may also use your tape to calm yourself if you feel anxious in the last month of pregnancy. Visualization has been found to be effective in releasing fears and calming the spirit. In this way it can free your energy for adjusting more easily to labor, and increase the potential for a healthy childbirth.