Natural Coping Techniques for Labor

Natural Coping Techniques for Labor

Natural Coping Techniques for Labor

Labor can be difficult, but it can also be one of the most beautiful experiences a woman goes through during her lifetime. At Minnesota Birth Center, we are advocates for natural childbirth. Our core emphasis is support for the normal physiologic birth of a healthy newborn. If natural childbirth is something you are considering, that means you will need to find natural coping techniques for labor to help make it a comfortable and memorable experience for you.

Our team of extremely qualified, experienced Nurse Midwives make sure to provide you with the best care to help you achieve the birth you desire. Here are some of our favorite natural coping techniques to help you during your labor! 

  • Water Birth/Birth Pool

Laboring in water helps set the stage for a calm and serene environment. A birthing pool is said to ease labor by decreasing pain levels, increasing comfort, decreasing the need for anesthesia or medication, and lastly, shortening the duration of labor. 

  • Birthing Balls

Birthing balls are large, flexible but durable balls that you can use during labor for increased comfort. They can help decrease back pain, reduce pelvic pressure, and mitigate the need for pain medication. You can try leaning onto it in different positions to help find a position that works for you! 

  • Birthing Stools

A birthing stool is basically a low-height seat that aims to mimic a toilet seat. It expands your pelvis size and hastens labor with the help of gravity. It helps with pushing since your body is familiar with a similar position for bowel movements. 

  • Labor Slings

A birth sling is suspended overhead, above your bed or birthing area. It helps you stay up and moving while providing you with some extra support. Slings can make it easier for pregnant women to sit upright, which makes the contractions more effective, shortening the duration of labor. You can even try different positions with the sling to find one you’re comfortable in. 

  • Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a renowned method of stress relief. It works the same way during labor. Using pregnancy-safe essential oils, we create an environment that helps you relax and calms your nerves. It might also decrease levels of pain and discomfort, making labor easier for you.

  • Herbal Bath

Herbal baths are known for their soothing and healing properties. After giving birth, you need all the relaxation you can possibly get. Our birth center runs you a special herbal bath with a mix of healing herbs. These help you relax and even alleviate some of that post-partum pain. It is also important to make sure you nourish your body with healthy foods, and our special homemade bread aims at doing just that! 

  • Music

The sounds that surround you play an important role in your mood. Soothing music and sounds you like can help create a familiar environment that will alleviate anxiety and calm your nerves. You can use our docking station to play whatever calming music or favorite sounds you want to surround yourself with while you’re in labor. 

  • Doula Support

Every woman needs a good amount of physical and emotional support during the process of pregnancy and more importantly, during labor. A doula is a trained professional who provides you this support throughout your pregnancy and childbirth. Even though they’re not healthcare providers, their presence can significantly help you by taking away some of the anxiety and fear associated with labor. At Minnesota Birth Center, we make this service more affordable so more people can utilize the support offered by a doula.

  • Home-like Environment

At Minnesota Birth Center, we value the importance of a calming and beautiful setting for you to spend your time in during labor. Being surrounded by a beautiful environment boosts your oxytocin levels, a hormone that plays an important part in your labor. Naturally elevated oxytocin reduces the need for medication and shortens the duration of labor. 

  • Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a pain relief medication that works as soon as you take it. At Minnesota Birth Center, we allow you to self-administer the medication so you have more control over the amount of nitrous oxide and how often you take it.

We know that labor isn’t exactly easy, but here at Minnesota Birth Center, we aim to make it as comfortable and relaxing for you as possible. If you have any other requirements or questions, send us a message and we’ll be more than happy to accommodate you!

What to Expect at a Birth Center

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What to Expect at a Birth Center

Birth centers are an, put simply, empowering space for women. It is a place where they can come and take control of their health, pregnancy, birth, and well-woman care. At Minnesota Birth Center, we are devoted to evidence-based care, which means we follow policies and procedures based on proven scientific evidence from medical research and peer-reviewed journals. We want all of our families to be informed and confident in all of their options. 

The care at Minnesota Birth Center trusts the process of growth, birth, and aging, nurtures your family, and honors the changes you are experiencing. 

If you decide to have a birth center birth, you can expect to have individualized care with Certified Nurse-Midwives and Registered Nurses along with other expert partners to provide a full spectrum of care ranging from gynecological services, family planning, and birth control, to prenatal and postpartum care, lactation support, perinatal consultations, and ultrasonography. 

Here are other things you can expect at a birth center! 

Homelike setting

Birth centers are set up to feel more like a home and less like a hospital. Our center is inviting and peaceful, with family-friendly facilities designed to make you feel comfortable. A few ways we do that are by providing family beds, in-suite restrooms and showers, homey kitchens, and even fresh bread baked right after birth and served with butter and honey! 

Longer appointment times

We build a relationship of trust with each other, sharing information and decision-making. Your midwife will meet you at the front door when you come in for your appointments. The first pregnancy appointment is an hour-long, with returning prenatal visits scheduled for thirty minutes each.

Low intervention

Midwifery is founded on the premise that pregnancy and birth are normal, physiologic events in a woman’s life that leave a profound impact. At the Minnesota Birth Center, our approach when caring for you is guided by our belief that women should have the opportunity and support to plan for natural and empowering experiences in a safe and soothing environment. 

In order to achieve this, we offer a wide variety of comfort and coping measures including: 

  • Water birth pools in each of our birth suites
  • Birth balls
  • Birthing stools
  • Labor slings
  • Aromatherapy
  • Postpartum herbal baths 
  • And more! 
Active role in your pregnancy

You have a say in your care. This can include things like where and when you labor, whether that is in a birthing tub or on a birthing ball. We listen to you and your birth plan and put them into action as best we can so that you have a safe, empowering birth experience that is best for you and your family. 

Are you pregnant and interested in starting your care at the Minnesota Birth Center? Join us at an Orientation. Your best birth experience awaits you!

9 Ideas for Baby Names!

Sometimes baby names come easily to parents and sometimes it is a LONG process to decide on just the right name. As a member of the Minnesota Birth Center team I always love seeing all the new babies born and the names chosen by their parent(s). Do you need help searching for your little one’s name to be?

We asked, and you answered! Here are some of the best ideas for baby names, fresh from Minnesota Birth Center clients:

– Family names
– Biblical names
– A special location, like a favorite mountain, city, or bridge
– A unique name never heard before
– Names from resources like baby name books, websites, and apps
– Historical figures
– TV or movie characters
– A maiden last name
– Nature-based names, like kinds of trees and flowers

How did you choose your babies’ names? Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to participate in future conversations that inspire us!




Thanks to Jillian H, Billing Associate at the Minnesota Birth Center, for this post!