Just as your body has sheltered and nurtured your baby throughout your pregnancy quite naturally, birth is quite natural. Women who trust their body's ability to give birth seem to have an intuitive sense that guides them. The challenge of giving birth today is to develop confidence, to trust your inner wisdom and to allow nature to do its thing.
But why bother to experience birth? Why not plan to feel as little as possible of the labor? We hear a great deal about the pain of childbirth but very little about the joy and the pleasure of feeling the contractions, bearing down as your baby pushes into the world and feeling in harmony with the rhythms of your body as it does the incredible work of birth.
Women who are able to labor and give birth relaxed, confident and with loving support experience an inner harmony that brings with it strength and endurance. The pain that is a natural part of childbirth becomes manageable. Experiencing labor and birth, rather than obliterating the experience, allows you to feel the interweaving of the joy and pain, to work very hard and then delight in your incredible accomplishment. In discovering the power of giving birth you are forever changed!
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When women gave birth in their homes, they were surrounded by family and friends who believed, as they did, that birth would happen quite naturally. Women at home were aware on an intuitive level of their ability to give birth, and the comfort and encouragement they received as labor progressed enhanced their confidence.