In 2014 I wrote this article about the three steps to having a natural/low-intervention birth in the Twin Cities. The steps are:
1. Assemble Your Team
2. Prepare your mind
3. Prepare your body
Today I want to share my thoughts on one component of this process that is sometimes overlooked or minimized. The secret is...CONFIDENCE.
Recently a doula client/Hypnobabies student of mine had a birth (with her first baby) that was so fast (8 hours) and straightforward that they barely made it to the birth center and most of their birth support team didn't make it there before baby arrived. (Read the story here.) She asked me afterwards why I thought her birth went so well. And my answer was "confidence." This family choose to birth at a free-standing birth center where pain medication like epidurals are not available. When families choose to birth at home or a free-standing birth center, they *believe* they CAN birth without medications. And often, that is exactly what they do!